Simon Willison

Simon Willison ('20)
Simon Willison
JSK Journalism Fellow co-creator of Django and an engineering director, Eventbrite, San Francisco

Simon Willison is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow he was an engineering director at Eventbrite. He originally joined the platform through its acquisition of Lanyrd, a Y Combinator-funded company he co-founded in 2010.

He is a co-creator of the Django Web Framework, and has been blogging about web development, programming and data journalism since 2002 at

He is the creator of Datasette, a new tool for publishing structured data as a web API. Datasette is based on his experiences working as a data journalist at the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, where his projects included the Guardian’s crowdsourcing application for analyzing expense claims by members of Parliament.