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2011 - David Wong

When David Wong began developing Opinion Space, a platform for visualizing public opinion and generating insight, he never expected the Obama administration to take interest in his work. However, soon after the system’s initial launch in the spring of 2009, David began a partnership with the US Department of State to create a new version of Opinion Space that would engage people around the world in a discussion of US foreign policy.

The result of their partnership is Opinion Space 2.0, which is currently used to foster open dialogues on foreign affairs. Rather than displaying the results of visitors’ responses in a linear fashion, sophisticated statistical and mathematical analyses create a visual representation of opinions that allows users to see where they stand in relation to others, based on their opinions. User interaction combined with a novel scoring metric identifies the most insightful responses.

David engaged graphic designers, political scientists, and computer scientists in the development of Opinion Space. Leading such a diverse team was new for David, but developing innovative products was not. David previously worked with a team at Life360 to develop an application that helps family members contact each other in an emergency situation, such as an earthquake. Their application placed in the Top 10 of Google’s first Android Developer Challenge.

David received his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as in Business Administration. He is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. As an active member of the Berkeley Center for New Media, David applies his research towards creating innovative social media solutions for issues in online communication. His specialties include artificial intelligence, data visualization, and coding with large quantities of caffeine.