Börkur Sigurbjörnsson is an applied scientist and software engineer with a proven track record in bootstrapping product development in early-stage startups—turning ideas into action by rapid prototyping.

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Full-stack development

Börkur's core service offering involves bootstrapping product development. Börkur works along the entire product stack from back-end to front-end, with a strong focus on back-end services, processing and structuring data and exposing it through APIs.

Data Engineering

Data and information ingestion pipelines and structuring of data using machine learning.

API Development

Designing data models for structured and semi-structured data, deploying sql and nosql data storage instances, search engines and serving data via APIs.

Web interfaces

Prototype web interfaces for searching and browsing data and knowledge.

Example projects


Full-stack development of a knowledge base for urbanism. Machine learned classification of urbanism content and a custom search engine for urban professionals.


Design of a generic data model for urban data, harvesting and ingestion of a selection of real-estate related data, and its exposure through REST APIs.


Development and evaluation of machine learned methods for estimating the reading level needed to understand a piece of text. Search engine ranking and associated APIs for education texts for children, taking estimated reading level into account.

Yahoo! Research

Segmenting photo annotation tags into semantic groups using classifiers trained on Wikipedia and WordNet. Prototype for browsing photos through semantic tag clouds.

Data storytelling

Börkur is a fiction writer who applies his storytelling skills to writing non-fiction narratives based on analysis of various types of data and information.

Urban Impact Stories

Desk research on urban interventions and their impact, using a proprietary urbanism knowledge base.

Data Stories

Summarizing open- or proprietary data, extracting insights and writing the findings in data stories.

Example projects


Reports on various topics, such as the impact of e-scooters, BREEAM Communities projects and applications of cargo-bikes.

Future Cities Catapult

Analysis and exploration of data from air quality sensors deployed across Hyde Park, London.

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