Whether you're pitching around an app that needs a functional MVP, building out a new team to tackle your latest business problem, having trouble smoothing out the communication between the technical and creative, or you just need someone to roll up their sleeves and dive into the code (or design) to hit that deadline, Rob's diverse professional background and decades of experience resources you with unprecedented adaptability.
Feel free to e-mail Rob at the address with a short introduction of your project and needs.
Most Recent Work:
(Initial Web + Identity Work)
He / Him
Rob Lach is a mission-driven technologist working at the intersection of computing and culture. Rob focuses on building infrastructure for digitally connected communities; not only the networked computing systems that enable a digital society, but also the social structures that empower the people within them.
Rob's recent focus was on creating environments that embolden people to build inclusive and innovative communities. After demonstrating his creative voice by independently developing a portfolio of acclaimed avant-garde games, he co-founded Bit Bash, an interactive arts festival that showcases unsung voices advancing the digital game medium. Under his direction, Bit Bash grew its staff to over 200 people, becoming the predominant space for the public to engage with the forefront of digital interactive art. Through his work with Bit Bash, he was able to cultivate partnerships with prestigious local institutions ( Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art ), pioneering the introduction of digital interactive art collections into their spaces.
Further building structures of support, Rob founded the Chicago Foundation for the Interactive Arts , a non-profit that focused on growing the impact of organizations helping bring new voices to the technology + art world.
Rob attended the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign where he ran ACM Gamebuilders, did some odd-jobs at the NCSA, and ended up with a degree in Computer Science. After school Rob dove into a short stint at big corporate Electronic Arts, building distributed systems that leveraged AI to automate networked game testing.
When not bringing people together to be their best, Rob is energized by the potential of distributed computing technology and prototyping systems that bolster community and expression. Sometimes he's making fun political art.
Currently Rob is working on an enterprise to build technology products which will profoundly empower our relationship with the digital space through novel approaches to data ownership and computing governance.
Infrastructure that empowers.
Ecosystems that nourish.
Systems that support.
Hardware for the internet that was meant to be.
Working with Karlee Esmaili to bring the world: the world's greatest microwave????
More soon 😅