Members of the community interested in learning more about UC’s new mobile apps and incubator can register to attend the “Grand ‘App’ening Event” to be held Tuesday, February 19, from 5-7 p.m., in the MainStreet Cinema at Tangeman University Center.
Attendees will preview the new UC Mobile Apps, take tours of the incubator and hear from UC President Santa Ono, along with keynote speaker, Chris Wanstrath, co-founder of GitHub.
Chris grew up in Cincinnati loving computers and music.
After graduating from St. Xavier high school in 2003, he attended UC before moving to San Francisco to work for CNET Networks as a programmer. During his two years at CNET, Chris worked on a number of sites including GameSpot, Chow, Chowhound and GameFAQs.
In 2007, Chris left CNET to start a consulting company with fellow CNETer PJ Hyett. The two spent the year working for clients and exploring business ideas. In October of that year Chris started GitHub with fellow programmer and Gravatar inventor Tom Preston-Werner. PJ quickly joined the team.
After a brief beta period, the three launched GitHub to the world in April 2008. Originally a way to easily share code, GitHub has evolved into a collaboration platform and social network with millions of users sharing millions of projects. GitHub allows unlimited free projects but charges money for private projects, allowing them to build a profitable business with over 130 employees and millions in revenue.
Chris served as CEO for GitHub's first four years and today helps oversee development of the github.com product. He still loves music and computers.