Adrian Holovaty

Hi there! I’m a Web developer and musician in Chicago.


I'm currently building Soundslice, quite possibly the best web-based music notation/tablature software ever!

It has a ton of fancy tech, and you can find out more by watching this talk I gave at 37signals.


I founded EveryBlock, a neighborhood news and discussion site, in 2007. It was sold to in 2009. I worked there until mid-2012. Unfortunately was later bought by NBC News, which decided to shut it down in early 2013.

Django Web framework

I’m co-creator and (former) co-Benevolent Dictator For Life of the open-source Django Web framework, which is used by tens of thousands of people around the world! I retired as co-BDFL in early 2014.

I co-wrote a book about Web development with Django, available for free online. Warning: it's outdated at this point.


I have a degree in journalism and have worked at a number of news Web sites. Before starting EveryBlock, I worked at and

I’ve been thinking and writing about "journalism via computer programming" for a while now, and an essay I wrote about this in 2006 inspired the awesome, Pulitzer-Prize-winning site Politifact. I’ve been lucky enough to speak at conferences around the world about how journalists can be smarter about data.


My 2005 site (now superseded by EveryBlock) was one of the original Google Maps mashups and influenced a bunch of stuff. It played a small part in influencing Google to release a mapping API; the New York Times named it one of the year's best ideas; it inspired the creation of the Mashable blog. Most importantly, it helped a lot of Chicagoans get a sense of neighborhood crime.

In the media

Contact me

To get in touch with me, you can either use this form or e-mail adrian [at]