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Amos Bloomberg, circa 2015

As a professor who practices what he preaches, Amos has over 20 years' experience building things, both practical and whimsical. His most rewarding professional validation to date was standing on a crowded NYC subway surreptitiously looking down at a seated passenger reading a Metro newspaper article about himself and his work. That happened only once, though Amos has been responsible for the research, strategy, design, and implementation of dozens of popular apps, websites, and marketing campaigns on behalf of a wide range of clients, from the UN to Facebook and Microsoft, from Amex to Juicy Couture, from MTV to Amazon, and on to small non-profits and tech startups whose names are rightly forgotten to history. His own award-winning non-commercial creative work has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Wired, etc, etc.

Amos began programming games on his dad's computer for fun at the age of 12. He now holds a Master's from NYU's prestigious Interactive Telecommunications Program, and received the first-ever Bachelor's in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.

Contact Info



Amos Bloomberg
Clinical Associate Professor
Computer Science
New York University
251 Mercer Street, Room 424
New York, NY 10012


  • amos at cs dot nyu dot edu

Open office hours

  • Wednesdays 12:00 - 13:00 and by appointment

Teaching Experience

New York University, Department of Computer Science

2011 – , New York, NY

  • 2019 - Present, Clinical Associate Professor
  • 2013 – 2019, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • 2011 – 2013, Adjunct Faculty

Training the next generation of engineers, designers, and hackers. Teaching applied courses in software engineering, computer science, web design, database design, computer programming, and interactive product design with custom electronic circuits.

New York University, School of Professional Studies

2005 – 2015, New York, NY

  • Adjunct Faculty

Training professionals of all levels of seniority in intensive crash courses focused on web, databases, and application development.

New York University, Department of Neural Science

2004 – 2005

  • Teaching Assistant / Lab Assistant

Dissecting brains, playing with rats, helping students understand the links between psychology, cognition, and neural science.

Industry Experience

Founder / Chief, WONKledge

September 2018 - Present, New York, NY

WONK flips the education model backwards, quite literally. WONK is a blockchain incentive-based economic platform for students and teachers to each expand their knowledge without being forced into debt. By separating cost from knowledge, and establishing a new concept of value in education, WONK allows teachers to teach whomever they choose however they choose, and allows anyone anywhere to learn from the best while not trapping anyone into any one organization or system.

Founder / Chief, Plastic Past LLC

December 2007 – Present, New York, NY

Principal of a high-end interactive design consultancy advising clients in research, business analysis, user research, experience design, service design, and the goal-oriented engineering of apps and ecosystems. Building relationships with a wide range of clients, from direct work with Fortune 500’s, to vendor work for larger tech firms and ad agencies, and bootstrapping with small start-ups and cultural institutions.

Award-winning client work. In-house "experimental" work has been featured in the The New York Times, New York Magazine, Metro, and Time Out New York.

Co-Founder/Director of Product, Esprsso Inc.

May 2007 – April 2008 (1 year), New York, NY

Co-founder and chief technical architect of Esprsso, the first-of-its kind social feed and news reader based on RSS technology, designed to give you a personalized 'shot' of the news. As featured in New York Law Review.

Co-Founder/Toy Designer, Codependent Designs

May 2004 – April 2007, New York, NY

Inventor of Needies, interactive plush dolls inspired by codependent, high-maintenance relationships. As featured in,, AdWeek, Metro, and the Canada National Post.

Technology Consultant, United Nations

November 2005 – May 2006, New York, NY

Primary consultant on two projects in Peacekeeping Operations to implement a major push by the organization to develop new technologies for information sharing and knowledge management.

Software Engineer, Microsoft

October 1999 – September 2000, Redmond, WA

Lead interface designer and developer for Digital Broadcast Manager, the first integrated e-commerce solution for securing, managing, and streaming digital audio and video.

Software Engineer, Comet Systems Inc

September 1998 – August 1999, New York, NY

Lead interface developer for Comet Cursor, a deceptively simple product which we developed, at that time, into the most successful web browser plugin in the history of the internet.



Masters in Interactive Telecommunications

  • New York University, 2005


Bachelors in Brain & Cognitive Sciences

  • University of Rochester, 1997

High School

Hackley School

  • Tarrytown, NY, 1993

Interests and Activities


Master vintner at Château Bloomberg.


Waking, running, biking, skiing. On occasion, I break out the old unicycle.

Domestic construction


Studied classical guitar for many years, first with private instruction from a professor from the Manhattan School of Music and then at the Eastman School of Music. Years ago, I used to occasionally release experimental concept albums, including Normal Music For Strange People and The Complete Dance Party.


  • Advisor, Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY
  • Campaign Manager, Andy Maskin's 2018 run for Governor of Kansas

Awards & Honors

Gold Best Award for work with SS+K on Promote Iceland's Let It Out!
Effie Awards
June 2021
Tolley Medal for work with SS+K and Mark Morris Dance Group on Moving Through Glass
Syracuse University School of Education
2 June 2016
Merit Award for UX/UI work with SS+K and Mark Morris Dance Group on Moving Through Glass
The One Show
13 May 2016
Honorable Mention for Moving Through Glass
User Experience Awards
16 November 2015
Silver Pencil Award for UX/UI work with SS+K for AFL-CIO's Work Connects Us All
The One Show
FWA Site of the Day for AFL-CIO's Work Connects Us All
27 March 2012
Best Social Media Campaign with Profero for Lufthansa's MySkyStatus
Simpliflying Awards
4 October 2010
Best of NYC®: Best Real-Life Video Game Award for Pac-Manhattan
Village Voice
Winner, Photo of The Year
The Saab Network



 Olson, Matthew. Why Pac-Man Still Delights Us 40 Years Later
US Gamer
26 May 2020


The UX of Parkinson's Disease
Invision App Blog
11 August 2017
The UX of Parkinson's Disease
True North Podcast
11 August 2017
Abbasi, Jennifer. Augmented Reality Takes Parkinson Disease Dance Therapy Out Of The Classroom
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Volume 317, Number 4
24 January 2017


Beer, Jeff. A New Google Glass App Uses Augmented Reality, And Dance, to Help Parkinson's Sufferers
FastCo Create
30 June 2015
Chang, Geoffrey. Save The Last Dance For Google Glass
Parkinson's Life
25 June 2015
Eugenios, Jillian. There's Finally Something Awesome To Do With Google Glass
CNN Money
10 June 2015


After Rochester, Alumni Reflect
Campus Times
30 October 2014


Apparel's Top Innovators: Juicy Couture
Apparel Mag
May 2010


Patel, Kunar. Your Social-Media Vacation Message System
Advertising Age
26 October 2009
Morrissey, Brian. Lufthansa Tool Takes Twitter to 30,000 Feet
12 October 2009
Cashmore, Pete. Now Planes are Tweeting Too
10 Oct 2009


Get Your Own Lil' Lohan
College Candy
24 November 2007
Hebert, Neal.  My Lil Lohan is Facebook Dynamite
The Daily Reveille
14 November 2007
Marghitu, Stefanie and Barnett, John.  My Lil Lohan
Indiana Daily Student
12 November 2007
Navigate NYC: Which Route Is Faster
Time Out New York
8 November 2007
Rundle, Michael.  Even The Subway's On Facebook
28 August 2007
Kabak, Benjamin. subways are in ur facebook, updatin’ ur transit alerts
Second Avenue Sagas
23 August 2007
Chan, Sewell.  A Site Where Subway Riders Can Compare Notes (And Complain, Too)
New York Times
23 August 2007
Facebook To Reduce Rage, Increase Hookups On Subway
New York Magazine
22 August 2007
Shryock, Ricci.  An Interactive Toy Story by Ricci Shryock
24 April 2007
Talcott, Kelly.  Keeping Up With Content From Blogs
New York Law Journal
17 April 2007


Holloway, Daniel.  Misfit Toys
16 February 2006


Hoffman, Leah.  The Needies Need You To Need Them
23 December 2005
Five Networked Art Projects
4 November 2005
Ziegler, Chris.  Tickle Me Elmo With An Inferiority Complex
OC Weekly
24 June 2005
Teen People Hot List
Teen People
10 June 2005


Taher, Abul.  Pac-Manhattan
The Evening Standard
12 May 2004
Manhattan Gets Pac-Man
10 May 2004
St. John, Warren.  Quick, After Him: Pac-Man Went Thataway
New York Times
9 May 2004


Peale, Ean.  Apple Corps Goes to the Farm
The New York Times
30 September 1979