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Hello! I’m Ben Werdmuller.

I’ve been creating online communities, websites and applications for twenty-one years. I created one of the first web magazines and helped pioneer the use of social software in universities. I was also the inaugural Geek in Residence at the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab.

Before that, I co-founded Elgg, an open source social networking platform, as well as Curverider, the company created to provide commercial Elgg services. Until I left to pursue new projects in April 2009, I was both a director of Curverider and its Chief Technology Officer, as well as Elgg’s technical lead and joint lead overall. Curverider was bought by Thematic Networks.

More generally, I’m a creative tinkerer: I like to write and build new things and share them with people. I love food, social justice, meeting new people, and adventure.

You can learn more about my professional background on LinkedIn, or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and GitHub.

You can always email me at