Jon Culverthat's me! — is a technologist and political troublemaker living outside of Seattle, WA.

Learn more about me, selected projects I've worked on, my speaking engagements or recent press coverage. But feel free to skip all of that and get in touch!

About Me #

Big picture: I believe that better tools drive better information, which drives better decisions and better outcomes. Humans make a lot of bad decisions in the face of confusing information, and I'm here to build tools to help clear that up.

Hack of all trades, master of none, I've done just about everything under the sun related to web development, but I've got a soft spot for tools that enlighten, educate, and empower users.

Outside of code slinging I enjoy the finer things in life: craft beer, fresh espresso, and karaoke.

Selected Projects #

Map Elections offers campaigns, researchers and anybody else, beautiful, precinct-level maps for any race in Washington.

FILEPALOOZA! wants to surface local and municipal offices open for election, and recruit a bench of progressive candidates to run for them.

Transform the Party We are mobilizing millions of people to get involved in the political process by transforming the face of the oldest and biggest political party in the world — the Democratic Party.

Vote, and… is a call to action to do more than just vote — phone bank, volunteer, donate, advocate. Get invovled in this election!

Progressive Events because decisions get made by people who show up. Progressive Events is here to tell you about where you should show up.

File for is a public service announcement, aimed at getting lots of new people more engaged and involved in the political process, by encouraging them to run for offices in their local community.

Vincent is was a reporting and tracking system for voter proection incidents (intimidation, suppression, etc.) to help protect voters rights on Election Day. It uses geolocation and GIS lookups to help deploy field attorneys to polling places as needed.

Bern Advisory is an interactive guide to explaining how the caucus process works. We decide presidents using the caucus system and nobody knows how these things work. Bern Advisory is out to fix that.

Bernie Sanders Events Map is a pretty, interactive map built to show the vast number of volunteer-run events happening nationwide, and helps supporters find local events to get involved with. I helped optimize and scale the site for the furious traffic of visitors.

(Granted, the list goes on. I've also done great work for folks like Simply Measured, Seattle Public Library, SmartWool, Illumina, Microsoft, Budweiser, and T-Mobile.)

Speaking #

When It's Time to Party, We Will Party Hard!: How to *Actually* Transform the Democratic Party
RootsCamp 2016 on November 18, 2016

First public reveal of Transform the Party. I talked about how progressives can take on greater positions of leadership in the Democratic Party, and how I intend to do it.

Bern Advisory
Refresh Seattle on February 24, 2016

I'll be talking about Bern Advisory, how to caucus in Washington, and about the need (and opportunities) for tech folks to upheave the world of politics and civic involvement.

How To Caucus in Our State
Ignite Seattle 29 on February 18, 2016

The Ignite format is 5 mins to jam through 20 auto-advancing slides. I'll be talking about caucusing in Washington and Bern Advisory.

Bern Advisory
CUGOS on November 18, 2015

I'm a seasoned developer but still fairly new to GIS, so I'll be talking about my new project, Bern Advisory, and sharing what I've learned in the process.

Bern Advisory
Open Seattle on November 17, 2015

I'll be talking to this civic hacking / open government group about the caucus guide I'm building, Bern Advisory, and how to get voters more involved in their elections.

How to Caucus!!
InfoCamp 2015 on October 17, 2015

I gave an enthusiastic talk about how to caucus in Washington, as well as the tools I'm building to educate voters on how to caucus, called Bern Advisory.

HTML5 & CSS3 Animations
Seattle Interactive Dev on August 15, 2015

I talked about the tribulations of using fancy animations on Simply's new corporate site, comparing JavaScript & CSS3 options, and making it all (mostly) work in IE8. Featuring lots of cameos from a nagging Sarah Palin!

Seattle Creative Mornings on October 17, 2012

The format is random deck PowerPoint slides you've never seen before, and five minutes in front of a room full of strangers who are evaluating how well you're navigating them. I try not to let it go to my head, but that was the day I beat the guy who wrote the book on public speaking. NBD.

Happy Cog'aoke 2
SXSW Interactive 2010 on March 17, 2010

A bunch of web design nerds + karaoke × Austin, TX is the kind of environment I was built rock. Needless to say, my pal Scott and I brought home People's Choice Award that night, in addition to a (widely contested / highly controversial) 2nd place finish.

Press #

Still Berning: a VPRO Backlight Documentary

from VPRO on November 06, 2016

That time I was in a Dutch documentary with Jane Sanders and Zephyr Teachout and whole bunch of awesome Bernie 2016 and Coders for Sanders alumni. :hearteyes: My bit comes in at about the 35 minute mark.

Bernie Won't Get the Nomination. But His Online Army Isn't Done

from Wired on May 29, 2016

Bad headline, but a good peek at what some of the Coders for Sanders folks are up to in organizing and pushing the Bernie revolution forward. I got to talk about my project I launched here in Washington, File for PCO.

How the Sanders Campaign Is Reinventing the Use of Tech in Politics

from The Nation on March 14, 2016

Mr. Zack Exley, the architect behind the Bernie campaign's Distributed Organizing Team, discussed the role of tech in building a new organizing model for political campaigns, giving a nod to several folks from the Coders for Sanders camp.

Bernie's Army of Coders

from Politico on February 18, 2016

Politico spoke to a number of folks from the Coders for Sanders movement about the grassroots-powered approach of Bernie's supporters, and how that has carried over into the technological world and the solutions we come up with.

On Debate Night, Sanders' Online Army Is Ready for Battle

from Wired on October 13, 2015

Wired did a blurb on Debate With Bernie in advance of the first Democratic Debate. Bernie has consistently out-performed other candidates on social media during and after the debates.

Legion of Tech Volunteers Lead a Charge for Bernie Sanders

from New York Times on September 04, 2015

The work of the extended Coders for Sanders was on proud display in the NY Times. My projects Call for Bernie and the Bernie Sanders Events Map were both discussed, as well as several other influential and successful projects from my Coders comrades.

Bernie Sanders Hosts Biggest Organizing Event of 2016 So Far

from Time Magazine on July 29, 2015

Shortly after pushing out the Bernie Sanders Events Map, in advance of the July 29th nationwide organizing kickoff, I got a quote in Time Magazine, touting my enthusiastic (read: tipsy) support for Bernie.

Get in Touch #

Email gets a bad rap sometimes, but I'm always curious to hear what people are up to and how I can help.

Also available for public speaking, as well as more informal beers, coffees, high-fives, etc. Seattle folks, and parts nearby, gimme a holler.