My work focuses on leveraging data science for social and civic good in an inherently responsible fashion. Currently, I am the lead data scientist at Chicago-based AskWhai, translating new data science research into transparent, explainable real-world applications of AI for small businesses. I write and speak regularly on topics related to the societal ramifications of data collection and analysis methods.

Previously, I worked as a Civic Technology Fellow at Microsoft, collaborating with community organizations, technologists, and governments to scope, build, and launch tech tools that confronted complex civic challenges. Before that, I was the lead developer of the Ethics Codes Collection project at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, building systems that improved access to the world's largest publicly available collection of professional ethics codes.

Apart my my work for AskWhai, I lead a volunteer team at Chi Hack Night called Transit Talk, which is creating a crowd-sourced issue reporting system for public transit networks. Additionally, I organize a weekly event called South Side Code & Coffee which seeks to create a meeting point for tech communities in areas of Chicago's South Side that aren't typically well served by software-related events.

I have been a member of the Chicago City Clerk's Civic Engagement Advisory Council and Congressman Danny Davis's Workforce Advisory Committee and Technology Advisory Committee. In an ad hoc capacity, I have advised a wide range of legislators, government agencies, and nonprofits on data-related issues. For nonprofits and other volunteer-based organizations, I am generally able to provide advice and consultation without charge.

You can reach me at soren@spicknall.us. Before reaching out for a speaking engagement, please note that I only participate in multi-speaker events whose organizers show a commitment to diversity of speakers.