2016 INFINITY AWARD: ONLINE PLATFORM AND NEW MEDIA — Jonathan Harris and Gregor Hochmuth

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Greg Hochmuth is an artist and engineer specializing in data science.
He studied computer science and design at Stanford University, and then worked as a product manager at Google, focusing on Chrome, Translate, and ad personalization.

He left Google to join Instagram as employee number seven, and remained with that team through its acquisition by Facebook, where he served as an engineer, product manager, and data analyst.

Greg left Instagram last year to move to New York, where he works on a variety of creative and technical projects, including DADA, an agency focused on data engineering.

Jonathan Harris is an artist and computer scientist, known for his work with data poetics and storytelling.

He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, Internet addiction, sex work, whale hunting, anonymity, mythology, happiness, news, and language.

Jonathan studied computer science with Brian Kernighan at Princeton University, and then spent a year in Italy at Fabrica. When he turned 30, he took a photo of his own life each day for 440 days.

His projects have been widely covered by the media, including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, NPR, and TIME Magazine, which named his project, Cowbird, one of the fifty best websites of 2012.

The winner of three Webby Awards, his work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, and the state of Vermont, for which he co-designed the state quarter.

In 2008, Print Magazine named him a “New Visual Artist”; in 2009, the World Economic Forum named him a “Young Global Leader”; in 2014, Pioneer Works named him an artist in residence; in 2015, The Hemera Foundation named him a “Tending Space Fellow”; and his TED talks have been viewed millions of times.

His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and has been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), the CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), the CCCB (Barcelona), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Barbican Center (London), and the Pace Gallery (New York).

Born on August 27, 1979 in northern Vermont, he now lives between there and Brooklyn, New York.