Hello.

My name is Mario Champion. I am
insightful, structured, experienced and innovative —
with 3 patents to prove it ; )

LEADING WITH CREATIVE VISION AND TECHNICAL INSIGHT:

It's What I Do

Strategic Direction

I excel at developing directed and creative digital strategies with strong technology underpinnings, aiming with implausible optimism, yet hitting real-world timelines with flexing budgets and resources.

There are so many good ideas, and so many worthwhile pursuits with viable solutions. But, the winners must connect up and down the vision > mission > strategy > tactics schema, connecting across technology platforms and devices, building authentically engaged community both online and offline.

Keeping in mind how the Big Picture is made of evolving Little Pictures, I guide teams to those best solutions with leadership which is agile, entrepreneurial, high-value and fair.

for Creative & Tech Teams,

A directing, managing and core member of creative and technology teams for more than 20 years, I focus the varied team missions to their strengths, while bridging it all to the users/customers, product, timelines and budgets.

From an education at UT Austin School of Architecture to visual (UI/UX) design, to game design, to web and mobile-friendly development (front-end and back-end), to hiring and managing both contractors and staffers, to successfully courting investors, I am deeply experienced across all aspects of development.

As a life-long learner, listener and leader, I can advocate authentically for all team members.

and Coding, too.

I have significant experience architecting, directly coding and managing a collaborative team of LAMP/ Ubuntu+Nginx stack web apps and custom tools, both front-end and back-end, personally utilizing: symfony, github, php, mysql, jquery, Doctrine, ORMs, ajax/JSONP, APIs, OOP, html/css, assembla, bash, cURL, Facebook APIs, Twilio, google analytics, google apps setup, ssh, and more.

I registered my first domain in 1996, and started designing for (and following) mobile platforms in 2000, when TXT/WAP/BREW/ J2ME were the bleeding edge. Equally at home on both mac and pc, I also enjoy a server command-line challenge and Adobe's Creative Cloud.

SOME SCREENSHOTS OF

Projects

ROLES & DETAILS OF

Projects

CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
Trails.by
http://trails.by
2011-mid2016

Trails is the modern way to transform your organization into a collaborative, learner-driven community, providing an innovative platform to visually curate, find, and share resources, and, in the process, build a community around learning and knowledge. Resources include websites, pdfs, google docs, youtube, vimeo, your uploaded files and pictures, Open Education Resources, and much more — pretty much anything that’s viewable in a web browser.

By connecting people and knowledge, the Trails platform makes learning and teaching easier, more joyful, more social. The Trails platform features simple and engaging resource maps, public and private groups, threaded discussion, questions, following, and more.

Specifically, I created the core ideas and primary intellectual property, am the named inventor on one granted patent and one pending patent, and coded a boatload of bundles within a symfony/ubuntu/nginx platform. I also met with prospective and existing clients, did so many demos and trainings at tradeshows and with customers at their sites, wrote marketing copy and more. I served primarily as director of product, which could also be called product owner or even project manager, wrangling the priorities of competing feature requests and developer resources, managing the flow and calendaring of Assembla tickets and Github pull requests and QA from testing to staging to production servers from several developer's VMs.

Checkout the demo site at http://cloudschool.trails.by or learn more on my resume...

COMMON CORE SEARCH API DEVELOPER
Standards.Trails.by
http://standards.trails.by
2014

The users of Trails desired to tag their resources with standards from the Common Core, but there was no API-able mechanism to do so. Therefore, I scraped the open data, built several middleware scripts to restructure it in a new database, built the API endpoints, then documented and made it all available under Creative Commons Attribution license.

Developers can utilize two REST APIs to search the Common Core standards by grade and/or keyword and/or component, with a JSON object result.

There is Query API to search for summary information of matching standards, and the Detail API for extended information on one specific standard. Documentation includes the complete cycle of a query call, result, detail call and detail result.

COMMUNITY STRATEGY DIRECTOR & LEAD BACK-END DEVELOPER
GenerationTX
http://gentx.org
2010

For the development and launch of Generation TX, I worked as a consultant to Milkshake Media, serving in a variety of roles centered around launching an online and offline movement to create a "Career and College-Ready Culture" in Texas.

Specific duties included initial strategy and development for a state-wide field organization (launching in pilot markets of San Antonio and Fort Worth), development of custom tech tools to manage/classify/view contacts and resources, researching/reviewing/interviewing tech partners/solutions and, for the website itself, both architecture/strategy and extensive hands-on development and coding of GenTX.org in php, mysql, jquery, ajax, css, html, Facebook connect, shell scripting, and custom WordPress / BuddyPress plugins.

DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE & DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
FGA Media, Inc
2008 - 2010

FGA Media, Inc was a startup developing a trans-media 'life-style' brand for tween girls, rooted in the Fairy Godmother Academy book series published by Random House and the companion website.

My range of duties was quite varied, including leading, approving, developing and directing creative, technology, social media strategies for the company as a whole, as well as working with team leads to schedule and budget as a project manager. Being a startup environment, these roles were as much doing as delegating, adjudicating as creating.

Besides being the website's Executive Producer, highlights include developing, naming, structuring 'Wisdom Cards', guiding toy/product development, and owning the major transformation of our Series A Investor Deck.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FairyGodmotherAcademy
http://FairyGodmotherAcademy.com
2008-2010

A "hip & wholesome," parent-friendly, uniquely beautiful website designed to build a perpetual online and offline community of tweens and parents into "a cultural force for good."

As Executive Producer, I guide, approve and contribute to all aspects of the site, including design and tech team brainstorming sessions, conceptual/visual/UI/UX designs, online & offline 'Wisdom Acts,' staffing, budgeting, scheduling, and adapting to timeline and investor needs and expectations.

This was a fairly fast project — about 6 real months of live site development and production — with a team of 4-6 designers and a 2-3 contractors for Flash and back-end dev.

TREASURER, STRATEGIST
Turn Texas Blue PAC
2010

There are many broadly-reaching lessons learned in political campaigning. The short version: I am extremely comfortable leading and balancing in a 'guide and go with the flow' environment. That is, balancing leadership and collaboration, understanding the changing pressures and budgets, the value of trusted collaborators, the static and evolving data-points, the value of clear strategies, and the quick, some would say 'agile', value of doing-then-improving.

As treasurer, I was legally responsible and entrusted with hundreds of thousands of dollars -- and the double-edge of deciding which projects we will pursue, and informing those we will not. At Turn Texas Blue, we balanced our strategies between tried-and-true and more experimental projects.

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
TCDP Coordinated Campaign 2008
Texans for Obama 2007-2008

For the Travis County Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign, I served as director of technology, covering many roles to convert a 10,000 sq ft warehouse into a working campaign and volunteer HQ.

Tasks ranged from installing and maintaining multiple DSL-powered wifi spots, to developing onlinephonebanking.com tools, creating custom data input and tracking tools for the biggest county convention in the nation, customizing a soap-blox powered community site, enabling a textmarks.com based text-msg system, building a google-map to voter address mashup, and writing custom scripts to convert FILEMAKER to MYSQL to CSV output.

Starting in Nov. 2006, I helped lead Texans For Obama from a fledgling book club into the online community and offline grassroots organization that played a critical role in delivering Texas for Obama.

I designed, developed, and coordinated TexansForObama.com, extending a soapblox-based community blog with a volunteer and data system which recruited and organized tens of thousands of Obama supporters statewide.

Some of the Press Coverage:
In These Times: 'Hello I'm a Democrat'
Wired: 'Obama's Surging Net-Roots Campaign'
CSPAN's Washington Journal Interview
Wall Street Journal: 'The Other Campaign Trail'

IN CASUAL SOCIAL GAMING, I HAVE TWO PATENTS
GridBloc Game
http://gridbloc.com
1999-2004

GridBloc, an original casual, social game developed in 1999/2000 that spans play between desktop/laptops to mobile devices, scaling presentation to the platform, and earned two patents and a SXSW/Texas Interactive Media award.

Unfortunately, our offices and the two game servers that backed each other up were destroyed in a fire. As it was conceived literally as "a game you could play in the dirt with a stick," (so that it could be WAP compatible) you can still have fun playing it offline.

Read the instructions at http://gridbloc.com/help
Patent #6659464 'GridBloc Strategy Game'
Patent #6578848 'Game with moveable play space'
Award for 'Technical and Creative innovation'

FEEL FREE TO CHECK OUT SOME
Archived Political Projects
2003-2009

From 2003 to 2009, I built many one-off and short-lived political organizing and campaigning tools. I also spent a couple of years running political meetings, moderating candidate debates and caucuses, and flat-out standing in crowds registering people to vote.

I organized my way to get elected as one of about 7000 National Delegates attending the convention in Denver in Aug 2008, and I earned an actual, seated Silver Ticket to Obama's Inauguration. Here are a few of the sites worth talking about, if you are so inclined.

Visit ChampionforObama.com
Visit LatinosForTexas.com
Visit OnlinePhoneBanking.com
and so many more lost to the shifting sands of internet time...

SAVE YOURSELF SOME GOOGLING

About Me

"If you want to understand influence, you must understand community."

For more than a decade, I have been applying my strengths toward educational, political, cultural, and entrepreneurial missions — all of which revolve around building and organizing communities and cultures. I am always happy to discuss the role community plays in these missions.

The short-version: authentic community is self-perpetuating, and the single biggest influence on people... and mostly not online.


WORKING TO KEEP AUSTIN AWESOME

Civic Efforts

Urban Transportation Commission

Urban Transportation Commission

Appointed in 2015 by City of Austin Council Member Ann Kitchen (District 5, head of Mobility Committee).

Just a reminder, mobility is about
moving people, not just cars.

Neighborhood Association President

Neighborhood Association President

Served two terms (Jan2014-Dec2015) as President for the South Lamar Neighborhood Association. Proudly co-organized the support for Foundation Communities' Bluebonnet Studios affordable housing development.

TexansForObama

TexansForObama

Starting in Nov. 2006, I helped lead Texans For Obama from a fledgling book club into the online community and offline grassroots organization that played a critical role in delivering Texas for Obama.

Salvage Vanguard Theater

Salvage Vanguard Theater

Served for more than 10 years as both Board member and Board chair, and of course as regularly attending audience member, at one of Austin's most experimental and awarded
theater companies.

LatinosForTexas

LatinosForTexas

Served as president of group of folks committed to engaging citizens in the political process, with a focus on how from school board to city hall to the White House, politics affects your everyday life.

Various Progressive Campaigns

Elections & Campaigns

From phone-banking to block-walking to developing websites to writing middleware scripts to manage data and organize from city to state-wide candidates, I have engaged in many roles across many progressive campaigns.

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mario@mariochampion.com

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