Jon Gosier is a software developer, writer, designer and technologist working at the intersection of data science and global development.
He is the Founder and Chief Operations Officer at MetaLayer, which makes software products for data analysis and visualization. MetaLayer’s mission is to make the world’s information easier to understand, visualize, and share. In 2012 MetaLayer won the Audience Choice Award for best Startup at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference.
Jon is also the founder of Appfrica where he currently serves as the CEO. He started Appfrica in 2008 while living in Kampala, Uganda.
From 2009 to 2011 he served as a Director at Ushahidi, a non-profit organization that makes software for global disaster response. There he worked on an open-source platform for analyzing data in order provide a level of confidence about the accuracy of information collected online. His work on this project was awarded $250,000 from the Knight News Challenge for its potential to improve data journalism and the news gathering process.
In 2009 Jon spoke at TED in Oxford, UK about is work connecting rural African villages to the internet through a call center and light infrastructure. The service, in collaboration with non-profit OpenMind, was called QuestionBox and allowed rural Africans with no access to the internet to ask questions and get timely, vetted answers to everyday questions.
Jon attended Savannah College of Art and Design and was a Fellow and Senior Fellow at TED from 2009 to 2011.