(WDEF) The Company Lab Wednesday announced that Daniel Ryan, the director of front-end development for President Obama’s 2012 election campaign, will join GIGTANK 2013 as the program’s Technologist-in-Residence. In his upcoming role, Ryan will advise GIGTANK’s startups and specialists on a daily basis, assisting with web development needs as they utilize and create large-scale web applications.
As director of front-end development for the campaign, Ryan oversaw the development of online tools and technology that helped raised $690 million online, recruited hundreds of thousands volunteers and registered more than one million voters. Under Ryan’s leadership, two dozen developers employed a multi-screen strategy to produce the first responsive website in presidential campaign history.
“As the largest city in the country with gigabit service, Chattanooga has the opportunity to be at the forefront of something,” Ryan said. “GIGTANK provides an avenue to push boundaries and to make Chattanooga an example for other cities. I’m truly excited to be a part of it.”
Originally from Lakeland, Florida, Ryan moved to Chattanooga in 2000. While in Chattanooga, he has served as the advertising and branding chair of Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga, which nominated him for Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. He also served as the founding director of BarCamp Chattanooga, a forum for the web community to share ideas and discuss various topics.
“I first got wind of GIGTANK 2012 when I was working on Obama’s campaign, and after meeting with some of the startups, I wanted to get more involved this year,” Ryan said. “A lot of accelerators are focused on building the next social network, but GIGTANK is different. It really encourages participants to build things that will change people’s lives.”
Ryan will be working alongside GIGTANK Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mike Bradshaw, who is responsible for overseeing progress of the startups and engaging mentors. In addition to his role with GIGTANK, Bradshaw recently became co-director of CO.LAB and will be handling operations and mentorship programs going forward.
Other GIGTANK 2013 mentors will include Mike Tatum, a Chattanooga native and long-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who will assist the Chattanooga-based lead mentors for each team. Representatives from global companies such as Alcatel Lucent, IBM, Mozilla, Cisco Systems, Warner Brothers and Xerox Corp also will serve as mentors during GIGTANK.