Jasper is an inquisitive traveller and loves logic and language. He's responsible at Gapminder for the architecture and implementation of their data visualization (Vizabi) and data harmonization (Open Numbers) projects. His drive is that learning, in the broadest sense of the word, is key to a better world and that the power of IT to educate effectively through interactive experiences should be available to anyone, from true IT wizards to his own mum. Before starting at Gapminder, Jasper freelanced to support his studies towards an MSc degree in Human-Computer Interaction and Design. During this time he got to design and code company websites, interactive museum exhibitions, mobile applications, a belt to make expecting daddies feel their baby's kicks, a robot companion for diabetic children and an interactive outdoor playground. When not behind a laptop, you’re likely to find him in a kitchen or in nature.
Today, digital products and companies are not just changing the way we live our lives, but also playing an increasingly influential role in public policy and governance. We have reached a point where consumer goods produced by technology industries are beginning to reshape what it means to be Human.
This year, we are going to explore advances in biohacking and transhumanism and their implications for humankind. Will they be to our benefit, further enhancing quality of life? How mindful should we be of the potential social and ethical pitfalls whilst we transform?