We fix broken systems.

Jarvus thrives on solving complex problems, whether that means architecting systems or building companies.

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 the past nine years building a team of 15 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.

  • Chris Alfano

    CTO
    Senior Engineer

    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.

  • John Fazio

    CEO
    Systems Architect

    John brings more than 12 years of application development and systems management to the table. John has experience working on hundreds of advanced information systems ranging from social networks to inventory management solutions. John has led the architectural design of complex enterprise systems such as Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper, Christie’s auction house online bidding, Elsevier’s iPad ebook reader, the Philadelphia Eagles draft-day application, and hundreds more.

  • Kevin Clough

    Director of Professional Services
    Senior Engineer

    Kevin brings over ten years of full life cycle software development experience. Kevin’s most noteworthy client project was an Ext JS web front-end for a cluster performance monitoring application for NetApp. Kevin has also written many mobile applications for small and large businesses.

  • Nafis Bey

    Engineer

    Nafis brings three 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. His most notable project is the oversight and management of DynamicWear.com for the past 18 months.

  • 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.

  • Kurt Gawinowicz

    UX Engineer

    With over 10 years of design and front-end development experience, Kurt is an expert in creating robust, usable, accessible web sites and applications. He has unique experience in diverse projects and teams, including for international non-profit Camara, and as lead designer and developer for the world’s largest percussion ecommerce site.

  • Michael Gunn

    Project Manager

    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.

  • Danny Harvith

    Director of Business Marketing
    Co-Captain of N3rd Street

    As Jarvus’ business analyst and director of sales and marketing, Danny is responsible for crafting comprehensive business requirement plans for company products and service projects. Danny helps drive our community work, and network forward through creative strategies, tactical execution, and relationship building. His research experience and entrepreneurial mindset aid him in his ability to oversee quality business processes and best practice implementation, while working with the client to help craft project plans.

  • Robert Hilsky

    Digital Accessibility Expert
    UX Designer

    Robert has been designing for well over 12 years. From 2013–17 he played a major role in updating Prudential Financial’s digital platform. He has spoken at numerous accessibility conferences explaining the solutions he helped develop at Prudential.

  • Christian Kunkel

    CEO - Jarvus Education

    As CEO of Jarvus Education, Christian serves as the champion of Slate. Slate is an open-source education platform built by Jarvus that improves schools' access to software tools. Slate provides an open infrastructure that integrates all of a school’s software tools, eliminates multiple logins with single sign on capability, improves data sharing with APIs, and tracks students' skill development. Slate currently powers 9 highly innovative schools, most of which are Philly based.

  • Ben Novack

    Project Manager

    Ben runs point as Program Manager for Comcast LMD, overseeing all project management of the department's 3 consumer products, and team of 2 dozen developers, content producers, managers, and designers.

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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