Sonify is focused on the potential of data sonification and emerging technologies for social impact. The company is a recipient of the Knight Foundation’s “Data For Civic Engagement” award and is currently engaged in a year-long initiative that empowers newsrooms to create data-driven sonifications to enable storytelling that is accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired. The mission of the company is to research and test methods to better communicate data with sound, with the potential for wider applications in Smart Cities.
Sonify is co-founded by Hugh McGrory and Debra McGrory. In their previous company (Datavized) Hugh and Debra specialised in free and open source data-driven software and 3D experiences; creating the TwoTone data sonification tool built with support from Google News Initiative, Geometric (WebXR geospatial immersive visualization) used in projects for the United Nations, and Airfield (spatial audio) built with a Journalism360 award from the Online News Association.