My name is Chris McAvoy, I live in Chicago with my wife, son and cats. I’m a passionate creator of technology products. I’m active in the education technology world, first working for the Mozilla Foundation as director of technology for the Open Badges project, and now as a the volunteer director of technology for the Badge Alliance, maintaining the Open Badges standard for the growing badges in education movement.
I research and write about the life and works of the engineer who reversed the flow of the Chicago River, Isham Randolph, and his son (arguably Batman) Col. Robert Isham Randolph. I started ChiPy. I’m a founding trustee of the Chicago Awesome Foundation.
I’m currently the Chief Technology Officer of Earshot, a Chicago startup making it easier for brands to connect with their audiences on social media. I was also the VP of Technology for Threadless, built an Open Source themed consulting practice at PSC Group and built tools to make sure the affiliate network at Doubleclick was sound and respectable. You can find out more about my work history on LinkedIn and watch me do my work on Github.