We build civic systems.

Jarvus helps small organizations transform their operations on top of software they can own, sustain, and continuously evolve independently.

Our mission

Jarvus has a long term vision for the future of our public education system, how governments use software, and colonizing our solar system. One step at a time, we’ve spent over a decade building a team of talented engineers and designers that share this vision.

We invest our profits in a variety of community and industry ventures, leveraging our team’s talent to make a positive impact on all stakeholders.

These investments include a pioneering ed-tech platform, a professional eSports organization, and a tech community center here in Philadelphia.

We are growing a family of companies with long term plans for positive impact. The Jarvus Fund is actively seeking meaningful market opportunities and the champions who can move mountains to fulfill them, just reach out.

Our team

We are fine-tuned engine of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and drop-outs. Our overlapping skills allow us to anticipate the needs of coworkers and clients alike. Without the structural limitations set by most larger companies, we’re able to work faster and more efficiently. These are the people that make it happen.

  • Julia Schaumburg

    Chief Experience Officer
  • Chris Alfano

    Chief Technology Officer

    Chris has more than 15 years of experience with system architecture, app development, and systems administration. Over the past seven 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.

  • Brendan McCorkle

    Chief Executive Officer
  • Nafis Bey

    Senior Engineer

    Nafis brings ten+ years of development experience to the table. Having trained with Jarvus prior to employment, Nafis gained valuable experience working on both Jarvus Products and Services clients. Nafis has extensive knowledge of PHP, MySQL, and various Javascript frameworks.

  • Michael Chow

    Senior Data Scientist

    Michael is a data scientist and learning researcher. He serves as a co-director at Code for Philly. In past lives, he worked on adaptive assessment tools in ed tech, and received a PhD in cognitive psychology from Princeton University.

  • Ryon Coleman

    Senior UX Engineer

    As Jarvus’ interface engineer, Ryon is responsible for crafting seamless interfaces for company products and service projects. His keen eye for detail and years of experience aid him in his ability to oversee quality assurance for all of our projects’ interfaces.

  • Natalya Diaz

    Data Scientist

    Natalya is a software developer who has moved into the role of Data Scientist at Jarvus. She brings 5+ years of full-stack development after transitioning from a career as a biomedical researcher in immunology. When she is not diving into data, she is bothering her dog Stormy, gardening, or making basement wine.

  • Holly Giang

    Technical Project Manager
  • Michael Gunn

    Senior Engineer

    Michael is open and eager to learn and grow his ever-expanding skill set. He spent 4 years as an entrepreneur, running his own custom Wordpress development firm. His background in web technologies such as Wordpress, HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, SQL allow him to be a proficient, knowledgeable project manager. His personality and experience position him perfectly to communicate with both the engineers and the client.

  • Kat Jost

    Project Operations

    Kat leads high-performing software development teams and teaches strategies for improving social wellness in the workplace. She serves on the leadership team at Code for Philly and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Technology Learning Collaborate (TLC), a nonprofit that promotes digital access and literacy in Philadelphia. In a past life, she was the founder of Skilled Not Ill, a mental wellness social club. Kat loves volunteering, being social, and playing with her dog JJ.

  • Anderson Laventure

    Jr Automation Test Engineer

    Anderson received his Masters in Education from Temple University and has taught in the School District of Philadelphia and Charter schools. He is a self-taught developer who enjoys learning new technologies and creating side projects. He enjoys listening to podcast while taking his dogs out on long walks.

  • James Lott

    Senior DevOps Engineer

    James is a career infrastructure engineer who has evolved into a DevOps specialist through years of serving both enterprise institutions as well as through contributions to civic hacking as a long time member of Code for Philly. His experience covers a wide swath ranging from building and operating production systems for 24×7 service providers to consulting and architecting for enterprise teams which are doing the same for their own customers. James draws on this deep well of experience to construct stable, operationally sound platforms for developers to suitably deliver their work on with the reliability results that business critical applications demand.

  • Jeff Mealo

    Senior Engineer
  • Carine Wete

    Customer Success Manager

Our ventures

Jarvus funds and supports a variety of civic and educational initiatives with the goal of using software to benefit as many citizens as possible.

Slate is an education technology platform, helmed by Christian Kunkel. Our platform provides the technological infrastructure for new learning methodologies, taking advantage of one-to-one device programs. Slate was conceived by Jarvus engineer Chris Alfano when local magnet high school Science Leadership Academy was struggling to manage the Apple laptops given to every student. Now, after six years of maturation, the platform has grown into a suite of competency and project learning management, student information, hardware tracking, and reporting tools. More than a dozen local and regional high schools, including SLA, Building 21, and Matchbook Learning, run entirely on the Slate platform.

Slate intends to redefine the way students use technology to learn, and the way we evaluate outcomes in public schools. Step 1 in changing the world is fixing our fundamentally flawed public education systems.

N3rd Street Gamers is a professional eSports organization led by retired professional gamer Steve Csikos. Its mission is to bring eSports into the mainstream by combining high quality productions with casual social gaming events, all within an organically-grown community of gamers.

We believe that competition provides a necessary outlet for energy, as well as training in crucial collaborative skills such as team communication, leadership, and discipline. Providing this opportunity for social competition to our youth is a necessary alternative to physical competition, which can be exclusionary to some by nature.

NSG has began as an idea over ten years ago, and has grown into a full-fledged brand, reaching hundreds of thousands of gamers. The league continues to expand its offerings of casual and professional events.

Localhost is a tech community center in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Anchored by the Jarvus offices next door, our 2,800-ft warehouse space is home to N3rd Street Gamers and Code for Philly.

Localhost provides a safe place for students of technology at any level to learn and build together. Check out the event calendar and stop by!

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