Bio

I’m whurley.
I’ve been using systems theory and open source to create innovative technologies my entire career. I believe leveraging technology to solve our problems, not just as consumers but as citizens, is the most exciting and noble challenge we face.

digital citizen.
Information and technology belongs to all of us. When built correctly, technology can keep us safe, healthy and informed. It empowers us to not only demand a better future for ourselves, but to build it. I work across a variety of social issues to remove hurdles and biases and influence all of us to think differently about how technology can serve us better.

speaker + author
Creating software and systems designed to make people’s lives better is only part of what I’m about, though. It’s important to evangelize on these issues.I’ve spoken at The United Nations, ISoJ, SxSW, and multiple TEDx events, on topics from cyber security to the omnipresence of what used to be called the future and is now just called the way we live. And most of the time, when speaking, I’ll be wearing pants.

entrepreneur + innovator
I’ve made Austin my home since 1994 and have seen and helped the city transform into a hub for tech innovation. After my time here with Apple R&D and again as an IBM Master Inventor, I chose to start my businesses here, fostering dynamic communities with companies like Chaotic Moon Studios and Honest Dollar.