Permaling founder, Soren Harner, bridges environmental business, social innovation, analytics and web/mobile application communities. He has held leadership roles of two successful startups, as VP of Engineering at Atlassian and Director of Engineering at Intraspect (now OpenText). As self-described “datavore”, he studied machine learning and artificial intelligence at Stanford University, and spent years working with large data sets.
Since starting Permaling, Soren has helped an environmental consulting company ready its web-based carbon management software for market. He advises businesses on innovation and sustainability, combining his extensive experience with lean / agile IT with a foundation of systems thinking.
In the area of systems thinking, Soren is one of the founding catalysts of Tranform Australia, a group committed to putting Australia on a sustainable path through a whole systems approach.
Innovative businesses are integrating data science into the day to operation of businesses. Soren excels at handling data with open source tools, such as R, Python, LaTeX and databases, which make a scalable and flexible foundation for understanding systems with data. These tools are ideal for starting quickly and staying lean as you grow, described in Ingredients.
Systems thinking and data-powered web and mobile applications intersect to catalyse social change. Soren believes data-powered apps will change the information flow and tighten the feedback loops in a system. Watch his five minute talk on how software developers, data analysts and designers can catalyse social change at Ignite Sydney. Read more on Soren’s LinkedIn Profile.
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