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.

  • ben

    hey mate i used to play your bnt game goin back a long time ago lol was wondering if you knew which version you was running and maybe if you had if backed up somewhere i am interested in starting my own server just for shits and giggles but cant find a version that was like the one you had.



  • Chris

    Hi Ben…sorry, I don’t have a backup of the old server. That thing ran on a rusty old system…it’s funny though, I was just telling someone about the server. It was a pretty fun game. Good luck getting one going!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hanno-Hillenbrand/1158272900 Hanno Hillenbrand

     Hi Chris!Nice blogg here and many greetings from germany.I`ve a problem to export data in a excel table in django.
    Maybe you can help with this???

  • http://www.ParanoidHuman.com/ Paranoia Management Coaching

    Hey Chris– this is Bryan Basamanowicz, we met briefly in Chicago some years back while I was working on a company called The Social Imagination Project. I’m in Vancouver currently just over a year into a new consultancy called MPMC, Marijuana Paranoia Management Coaching, more info about MPMC and my book can be found at http://www.paranoidhuman.com

    I’m contacting you because I recently came across a t-shirt design that I think many MPMC enthusiasts would respond to– after doing some research I found that it was produced by threadless — do you still work there?

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