Jon H.M. Chan

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Jon is a founder, engineer, and activist working to make technology education and opportunities available to all. He holds a number of positions to work towards his mission.

Most notably, he is a Principal Software Developer at Stack Overflow—the world's largest community of developers—making its core Q&A knowledge platform accessible to millions of people learning to code. He is the first person of color and the youngest person to hold the title. Jon also leads diversity & inclusion partnerships at Stack Overflow, connecting with organizations like Girls Who Code, Andela, and Out for Undergrad.

He is also the founder and sole maintainer of Bento, a site educating the next generation of self-taught developers. He started Bento in 2014 when it quickly became a viral hit, being featured on both the top spot of Y Combinator's Hacker News and also on the overall front page of Reddit on the same day. Bento now has thousands of monthly users from around the world learning from its catalog of 100+ technology topics.

In his free time, Jon also does volunteer work as the founder Out in Tech U, an arm of the nonprofit Out in Tech which boasts an international membership of over 20,000 members in cities such as San Francisco, London, and Shanghai. In 2017, Jon started Out in Tech U's flagship mentorship program in partnership with Microsoft, Google, and Samsung. Since then, Out in Tech U has grown to a national program reaching hundreds of LGBTQ+ youth and tech professionals.

He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to startups, technology, and diversity & inclusion. Over the last five years, he's had speaking engagements at companies like Union Square Ventures, Twitter, and Samsung and at universities like Yale and New York University. 

Jon also holds a number of distinguished memberships and accolades. Of note, he is an industry advisor for the New York Tech Talent Pipeline, an initiative started by New York City mayor Bill De Blasio to deliver tech education and opportunity to the city. He is also a member of the Primary 100, a select group of principal engineers working to build out New York's startup ecosystem.

In 2012, he graduated from New York University at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, earning the school's highest academic honor, the Gallatin Special Service Award. By the time he graduated, he was selected as one of three university nominees for the Rhodes Scholarship. Jon travels the world frequently as a digital nomad, but spends the most time in New York City and Los Angeles. He is 28 years old.