Jon Voss

San Francisco, California, United States

Jon Voss has innovated solutions and community engagement on "big picture" problems for fifteen years. In the mid-nineties, his early work on social responsibility led him to develop new business practices for music festivals and rock stars through his work with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and artists like the Beastie Boys, David Crosby and Wyclef Jean. A decade later, he helped religious communities and other institutions develop and implement technology infrastructure and strategies that fit with their beliefs, cultures and daily practice. He served as the IT Director for the San Francisco Zen Center before running his own IT consulting firm for 7 years.

Today, Jon is the Strategic Partnerships Director at Shift (formerly We Are What We Do) , a global non-profit designing products for social change. He's helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through his work on the Historypin project, and as one of the organizers of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museum Summit.

Jon has spoken at conferences like SXSW Interactive, Where2.0, American Library Association, Data2.0, SemTech; and he's led workshops at the Smithsonian, New York Public Library and the Internet Archive, to name a few.

photo courtesy of Paul Hagon