Chris Alfano

ApprenticeshipPHL

Chris, Chief Technology Officer of Jarvus Innovations, has more than 15 years of experience with system architecture, app development, and systems administration. Over the past 7 years, he has built more than 30 projects using Sencha’s Ext JS and Touch frameworks, for clients such as Time Warner Cable.  In 2012, he organized and founded Code for Philly, a local volunteer chapter of the national nonprofit Code for America, and still serves as co-captain.

I’m a software developer forged by Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) and a founding captain of one of the longest-running Code For America brigades. My civic hacking journey began while working in a Philly public school and for nearly a decade now I’ve gotten to build open-source software with some of the most innovative public schools in the world.

Chris started his technology career as a Computer Support Specialist apprentice in the Urban Technology Project’s IT Registered Apprenticeship program, a collaborative initiative between the School District of Philadelphia and Communities In Schools of Philadelphia.  In this program, Chris worked at School District of Philadelphia schools under the guidance of Technology Teacher Leaders to provide on-demand break/fix support to school teachers, administrators, and other staff.  In addition, Chris taught and mentored local middle and high school students on computer hardware components, software installation, troubleshooting skills, and various software applications.  To this day, Chris utilizes and builds on the knowledge and skills learned during his apprenticeship.             

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