A native Chicagoan, Dan has been dedicated to the local technology scene from an early age, and his strong desire to give back to the Chicago education system comes from having been through it. His first exposure to writing software was at Whitney Young, a CPS high school. He finished his education at UIC, where he started his first technology company. Over a decade later, he's now a Full Stack Software Engineer with a specialty in developing rich user experiences and user interfaces. He's a staunch open-source advocate, member of the maker community, foodie, and aspiring wood-worker. But of all of his extra-curricular activities, he's most proud of sharing his excitement for coding with kids.