Unicom Systems Development

Chip Rosenthal

Chip Rosenthal resides in Austin, TX. He has been developing systems and tools based on open source software and Internet protocols for over 30 years. He currently works as a software engineer, developing products in the commercial technology sector.

Chip is a recognized leader of the community technology and civic technology movements in Texas. In 2005, he helped create SaveMuniWireless.Org, which defeated legislation to ban community wireless networks in Texas. In 2010, he co-founded Big Gig Austin, the community effort to bring Google gigabit fiber to Austin.

From 2002 through 2014, Chip served on the Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission, a citizen board appointed by the Austin Mayor and City Council to advise them on certain technology issues. He contributed to the city's first open data policy and the creation of the city's office of civic innovation. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mayor and City Council for this work.

He currently is Policy Director for Open Austin, a volunteer community group that advocates for open government, open data, and civic technology. From 2013 through 2015 he served both as its chair as well as the Code for America Brigade Captain for Austin.