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A day in the life of our noble leader

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

Civic tech is the weird confluence of technology, government, and society, and the playground of Adi Eyal, noble leader of OpenUp, which (not so) incidentally sponsors Naked Data. But running a civic tech company — and a non-profit to boot — is not trivial. Eyal gives us a glimpse behind the scenes, and having worked with OpenUp and Eyal for many years, I can tell you he’s understating both how difficult and rewarding it truly is.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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