Photo by Peter Tangen
|Alter Ego||William Zimmer Barnes|
|Location||Austin, Texas, USA 30° 16' 16.06" N, 97° 44' 37.32" W|
(former) New York Initiative
|Outfit||T-shirt with logo (Gray)|
|Symbol||"Zimmer" in Binary|
|Abilities||Tech skills, EMT license|
Zimmer is a Real Life Superhero in Austin, Texas. She was a co-founder for the New York Initiative, as well as the founder of Zimtelligence. Zimmer was known for deliberately not cultivating a secret identity, unlike the norm for many RLSH, due to feelings over the similarity of maintaining an RLSH persona with being "in the closet" as an (at the time) gay man. Recently, Zimmer has taken steps toward living openly as a trans woman.
Zimmer has also spearheaded The Oracle Project and is likely one reason for popularization of the term "Oracle", as one of the first RLSH to emphasize the gathering of intelligence and data to combine it with the use of technology.
Zimmer co-founded the New York Initiative (NYI), the founding branch of what would later become the The Initiative Collective, a coalition of various Initiatives based around a location. While a member of the NYI, Zimmer served as the Technology Officer, Researcher and Field Medic, and was featured prominently in the Documentary "Superheroes" by Michael Barnett, along with the other three founding NYI members.
In March of 2012, Zimmer left to establish her own company, Zimtelligence, addressing her departure on Facebook:
"I'm no longer a member of the NYI or any Initiative team. I officially left March 4, 2012. I have nothing to do with anything Zero or the team has done since then. It's not the team I fell in love with anymore. I wish them well with their current and future projects, and hope they can do some real good in their communities."
On February 1, 2019, Zimmer made a Facebook post addressing steps toward living openly as a trans woman.
Wikipedia Entry on Zimmer - removed as of 4/13/2017