Adam Bly



I am a scientisT and entrepreneur working to advance science's place in society

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Adam Bly is the founder and CEO of a new purpose-driven data and AI infrastructure startup that is currently in stealth. He previously led data at Spotify. Prior to that, he founded and was CEO of Seed Scientific, the data analytics firm, which was acquired by Spotify.

Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Adam has lectured at the United Nations, MIT, NASA, Ars Electronica, MoMA, The National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society, the World Economic Forum (WEF), and before the U.S. House of Representatives on the role of data and science in society. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow in Science, Technology & Society at Harvard Kennedy School, has advised Fortune 500 companies on data strategy and national political campaigns on science policy, and has served on the WEF Global Agenda Councils on Complex Systems and Data-Driven Development.

Deeply committed to modernizing and spreading science literacy, Adam founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning science magazine, Seed; co-organized Design and the Elastic Mind, the landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art; and edited Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science and Society (HarperCollins). He currently sits on the National Leadership Council of the Society for Science and the Public, the organizer of world's largest pre-college science fair (which he won in 1998 — Best of Category, Biochemistry). For his efforts to advance the public's understanding of science, Adam was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

Born in Montreal, he studied at McGill University and began his career researching the genetics and biochemistry of metastasis at the National Research Council of Canada. He lives in New York City.



I’ve written A Thought Experiment in AI Infrastructure

My essay for Broken Nature, titled “Redesigning the System,” has been published.

Remembering Leon Lederman

I'm proud to be a coalition partner of Future Congress, working together with many wonderful organizations to ensure that Congress is equipped to legislate the science and technology issues of our era.

I spoke with public servants in Canada about the place of science literacy in the age of data, AI, and complexity. The talk and Q&A are now online.

As a lifelong supporter of science fairs (and 20-time competitor!), I'm thrilled to be joining the National Leadership Council of the Society for Science & the Public.

I've started a petition to restore science and technology advice to Congress. You can read more here and sign here.

I am hiring data, ML, and backend engineers for my new startup, including a Senior Data Engineer.

Brian Feldman wrote a very nice article in New York Magazine about Your Time Capsule, entitled Spotify Has The Only Algorithms I Don't Fear.



Canada School of Public Service, Ottawa, Canada, 2018

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, 2012

NASA, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA, 2012

U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, USA, 2010, 2011

U.S. House of Representatives, STEM Briefing, Washington, DC, USA, 2011

National Science Board, Washington, DC, 2011

The Ministry of Science and Technology of People’s Republic of China, Beijing, China, 2008


Pitt School of Computing and Information, Modeling the World's Systems, Pittsburgh, USA, 2018

Factry, Montreal, Canada, 2018

NYU, Stern School of Business, New York, USA, 2017

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, USA, 2013

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA, 2013

Yale University, Rio+20 to 2015, New Haven, USA, 2013

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA, 2013

MIT School of Architecture + Planning, Cambridge, USA, 2011

University of Western Ontario, Conference on Science Education, London, Canada, 2011

Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture, Columbus, USA, 2010

Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, New York, USA, 2009

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA, 2008

Peking University, School of Environment and Energy, Beijing, China, 2008

OCAD, Toronto, Canada, 2008

McGill University, Faculty of Management, Montreal, Canada, 2007

Scientific Associations & Institutes

Modeling the World's Systems, Washington DC, USA, 2019

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Phoenix, USA, 2019

International Conference on Complex Systems, Workshop on Food Complexity & Nutrition, Cambridge, USA, 2018

Santa Fe Institute, Annual Board of Trustees Symposium, Santa Fe, USA, 2017

Santa Fe Institute, The Complexity of Platforms, Palo Alto, USA, 2017

Keynote, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India, 2012

Keynote, NASIG, St. Louis, USA, 2011

Keynote, BIOTECanada, Ottawa, Canada, 2011

National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, USA, 2009, 2010

Keynote, The Royal Society, London, UK, 2009

Keynote, Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA, 2009

Keynote, International Council for Scientific and Technical Information, Helsinki, Finland, 2009

The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008

AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy, Washington, DC, USA, 2008

STS Forum, Kyoto, Japan, 2007

Festival della Scienza, Genoa, Italy, 2006

NGOs & IOs

United Nations World Food Programme, Rome, Italy, 2017

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2014

Keynote, i2 Conference, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2014

Keynote, United Nations, High-Level Committee on Management, Rome, Italy, 2013

United Nations High Commission on Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013

World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2012

UNICEF, New York, USA, 2012

Young Global Leaders Summit, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2012

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2011

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of New Champions, Dalian, China, 2011

World Economic Forum Summit on Europe and Central Asia, Vienna, Austria, 2011

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2010

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2009

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2008

World Economic Forum Summit on the Middle East, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 2008

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of New Champions, Tianjin, China, 2008

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2007

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of New Champions, Dalian, China, 2007


UBS, Executive Committee, New York, USA, 2017

LVMH, Paris, France, 2016

EMC, Data Science Summit, Las Vegas, USA, 2012

The Guardian, Activate Summit, New York, USA, 2011

GE, New York, USA, 2010

Keynote, Microsoft Research, Berkeley, USA, 2010

Procter & Gamble, New York, USA, 2009

Milken Institute Global Conference, Los Angeles, USA, 2008

Arts & Culture

La Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature Public Symposium, Milan, Italy, 2018

Cannes Lions, Cannes, France, 2017 

The Museum of Modern Art, The Way of the Algorithm, New York USA, 2015

Keynote,, London, UK, 2015

Keynote, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, 2012

NYC Media Lab, New York, USA, 2012

India Design Forum, New Delhi, India, 2012

WWW Conference, USA, 2012

Keynote, The Art of Science Learning, Washington, DC, USA, 2011

The Museum of Modern Art, Talk to Me Symposium, New York, USA, 2011

SXSW Interactive, Austin, USA, 2011, 2012

Eyeo Festival, Minneapolis, USA, 2011

Smithsonian National Design Museum, Why Design Now?, New York, USA, 2010

New York City Science and Engineering Fair, New York, USA, 2010

DLD, Munich, Germany, 2009

Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, USA, 2008


Boards & JURIES

Board of Visitors, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-

National Leadership Council, Society for Science & the Public, 2018-

Advisory Council, Broken Nature: XXII Triennale di Milano, 2018-2019

Jury Member, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Final Review, 2018

Global Agenda Council on Platforms and Systems, World Economic Forum, 2016-2018

Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development, World Economic Forum, 2014-2016

Expert Panel on the State of Canada’s Science Culture, Council of Canadian Academies, 2013-2014

Vice Chair, Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems, World Economic Forum, 2012-2014

Science Advisory Committee, World Economic Forum, 2011-2013

Weizmann Institute of Science, American Committee, 2010-2013

Advisory Board, Science & Entertainment Exchange, National Academy of Sciences, 2010-2013

External Advisory Board, University of Michigan, Risk Science Center, 2012-2013

Partner, Executive Coordinator’s Office, United Nations Rio+20 Conference, 2012

Vice Chair, Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, World Economic Forum, 2010-2012

Jury Member, Buckminster Fuller Prize, 2009

Advisor, OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, 2010-2012