Jeremy Burge

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Jeremy Burge
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Jeremy Burge at SOAS, University of London, June 2018
Born (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 34)
Australia
Residence London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality Australian
Occupation Founder of Emojipedia
Known for Entrepreneur, Blogger

Jeremy Burge (born 14 July 1984)[1] is an emoji historian,[2][3] founder of Emojipedia[4] and creator of World Emoji Day.[5]

Burge is a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee,[6] which is responsible for making recommendations relating to emoji to the Unicode Technical Committee, and is widely regarded as an expert on emoji.[7][8][9][10][11]

Business Insider listed Burge in the UK Tech 100 in 2016[12] and 2017, dubbing him "The Emoji Maestro"[13] while other publications have used terms such as "Emoji King"[14] or "The Lord of Emojis".[15]

Writing[edit]

In July 2013, Burge started the emoji reference site Emojipedia which The Sydney Morning Herald reported had 23 million page views per month in 2017.[16] In April 2016 Burge told BBC Mundo that editing Emojipedia had "become his full-time job".[17]

Described as a leading authority on emoji use,[18] Burge urged Apple to rethink its plan to convert the handgun emoji symbol into a water pistol icon in 2016, citing cross-platform confusion.[19] Emoji flags for England, Scotland and Wales were added to the Unicode Standard in 2017 after a formal proposal[20] co-authored by Burge was approved.[21]

In 2016 Burge was a contributor to The Internet Review.[22]

Podcasting[edit]

Burge started the Emoji Wrap podcast in August 2016,[23] and has interviewed notable guests such as Unicode Consortium President Mark Davis and Relay FM co-founder Myke Hurley.

He has appeared on podcasts such as Tech News Today, Clockwise, Connected, The New Screensavers, Burnt Toast, Download This Show, Ungeniused and It's Nice That.

Public Speaking[edit]

The Evening Standard reported that Burge "lectured on the history and social impact of emojis" at TEDxEastEnd at London's Hackney Empire in 2017.[24] In addition, Burge has spoken at conferences such as The Next Web in Amsterdam,[25] Smart Future in Riga[26] and Úll in Killarney.[27]

Panels that have hosted Burge include those at London Design Museum,[28] Design Matters,[29] Google[30] and Eye Magazine.[31]

World Emoji Day[edit]

World Emoji Day is a "global celebration of emoji" created by Burge[32] in 2014.[33] According to the New York Times, he created this on "July 17 based on the way the calendar emoji is shown on iPhones".[5][34] Burge told Axios in 2017 that "Tim Cook tweeted about it [World Emoji Day] this year so I was kind of excited about that".[35]

In 2017 Burge discussed the origin of World Emoji Day and Emojipedia[36] at AOL BUILD,[37] attended the lighting of the Empire State Building "emoji yellow"[38] with The Emoji Movie voice cast Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph and Jake T. Austin, and announced the winners of the annual World Emoji Awards from the New York Stock Exchange.[39]

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a "Saks Celebrates World Emoji Day" red carpet event in 2017[40] which was attended by Burge.[41]

Guest appearances[edit]

Burge has appeared regularly on television and radio shows for ABC Australia and BBC.[42] He has also made guest appearances on networks such as CNN International,[43] TWiT.tv, Relay FM[44] and Cheddar.[45]

References[edit]

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