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Chris Metcalf

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Chris Metcalf is a technologist, software developer, and awkward nerd based in Seattle, Washington

Chris is passionate about a lot of things. Possibly too many. Solving problems creatively using software. Helping governments and developers innovate. Teaching the curious about technology. Shipping.

He is currently the Director of Developer Experience at Socrata, a fast-growing startup in Seattle that helps governments serve their constituents better through the creative use of open data.

Seven years ago, they were just a handful of engineers with a dream. Now he focuses on the developer experience, enabling civic entrepreneurs, and just generally making governments more awesome. Every single day he wakes up still a bit confused that he gets to do what he loves as a job. And they pay him!

Outside of work, Chris occupies himself with sailboat racing, photography, and dabbling in numerous personal projects. He lives in Seattle with his awesome wife, kick ass dog, and several curmudgeonly cats.

Recent Posts

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Fear and Self-Loathing in the Blogosphere

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Hood River to Toppenish

Join me at Civic Hack Day Baltimore

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