Chris J. Davis is a technologist and entrepreneur, YouTuber, Designer, Technologist, Writer, Producer & Musician. Chris is the CTO and Co-Founder of Film.io, a decentralised entertainment ecosystem that is democratising the filmmaking and TV industries using DeFi and other blockchain technology. Film.io empowers fans with more influence in the creative process, creators with key access to resources, and investors with more meaningful data. He is also Co-Founder and CTO at Ingredient X, inc.
The platform transforms today’s “Hollywood system” onto the blockchain, where fans, by participating before movies are made, have a voice in rating, reviewing and green-lighting the future of entertainment, developing an innovative metric that pre-validates the potential for a project’s success for creators, studios, networks and investors with transparency and fairness.
Chris is a versatile professional with over two decades of experience in design and engineering. Starting his academic journey in Art, Media Communications, and English at Asbury University, he later explored Music at the University of Louisville.
A pioneer in the early days of WordPress, Chris made significant contributions to its development, creating the first admin dashboard and theme system. His innovations extended beyond WordPress, making him an active member of the Infrastructure team for the Apache Software Foundation.
Chris has also played a vital role in various startups, collaborating with tech giants like Janus Friis. Currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer of Ingredient X, he focuses on cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain, decentralised finance, and non-fungible tokens.
A full-stack developer with experience building blockchain-based projects, best-selling author, speaker, artist, actor and start-up veteran, Chris has 20+ years experience in design and engineering. A pioneer in the early days of WordPress, Chris developed the first plugins and tutorials that showed the true power of WordPress, and authored best-selling books that helped to bring it to the attention of millions of people. Chris developed the first admin dashboard and theme system, helped to create the 'theme framework' category for WordPress, introduced several new concepts like a theme settings page, a unique dynamic archive navigation system, a Humane Notification system inspired by Jef Raskin and a complete widget-field-builder. Chris is a member of the Infrastructure team for the Apache Software Foundation, and a speaker at the Foundation's Yearly Conferences in the US and Europe. He has remained active with the open source community, working with the ASF, the jQuery Foundation and the original Google Code, as well as helping to discover, refine and execute the vision of dozens of startups from luminaries like tech giant billionaire Janus Friis, Co-founder of Skype, KaZaA & Rdio.
Chris is the Chief Technology Officer of Ingredient X, the film and software development studio specialising in blockchain, DeFi and NFT technologies including the creation of Film.io, the world’s most powerful decentralised filmmaking ecosystem that places Hollywood decision-making onto the blockchain and into the hands of creators and fans, to which Chris is a co-creator.
Co-Founder and CTO at Ingredient X, inc · Full-time
Feb 2022 - Present · 1 yr 9 mos
Executive Advisor at Film.io
Dec 2016 - Present · 6 yrs 11 mos
Apache Software Foundation 19 yrs 10 mos
Feb 2009 - Present · 14 yrs 9 mos
2004 - Dec 2016 · 13 yrs
Director of User Experience at Voxox
May 2014 - Dec 2016 · 2 yrs 8 mos