Who is Matt Zumwalt?

Itinerant engineer-scholar dedicated to helping the world arrange its knowledge, a queer Buddhist software creator, meditator, and student of cognitive science with an affinity for gender-critical performance art seeking boundless compassion in a modern, global, wired everyday world.

Currently working on solutions that apply decentralized patterns to digital asset management.

Previously I founded a consulting firm called MediaShelf, created Ruby libraries called active-fedora and om and served as the technical lead for the Hydra Project, which began as a collaboration with Stanford, Univerisity of Virginia, Univerisity of Hull and DuraSpace but has grown to be a large open-source software initiative with over 40 partner institutions and broad adoption among Libraries, Archives and Museums.

I’m also a facilitator for Tergar, which means that I coordinate a meditation practice group in Philadelphia and occasionally present meditation courses from Tergar’s Joy of Living curriculum. I’ve studied under teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since 1998, primarily studying with Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Chodak Tulku, and Lama Tashi Namgyal.

Based in Philadelphia since January 2016, with strong ties to San Francisco and Minneapolis.

I publish stuff on Medium and Twitter.

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New York Times, Medium, Twitter

Print Subscriptions:
New Yorker, Atlantic, Wired

Slate Culture GabfestNature Podcast, Imaginary Worlds, Planet Money, Our National Conversation about Conversations About Race

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