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We're Skylight!

Our mission is to make government work in a digital world.

Our story

Skylight was founded in 2016. We're currently made up of 8 people and one ferret. We're working hard to maintain disciplined growth while at the same time cultivating an incredible culture. Our headquarters is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but we're a distributed and remote-friendly team. A lot of our client work originates from Washington DC.

We're impact junkies who are driven to create better outcomes for the public through great government digital services. We're also engineers, developers, designers, product managers, consultants, writers, speakers, inventors, roboticists, gamers, authors, entrepreneurs, parents, and more. Such a diverse team always gives us a unique perspective on things.

Certified HUBZone

We're certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) company. This special SBA designation means we're committed to revitalizing local communities through job creation. In turn, we're granted privileged access to federal government contract opportunities, including up to $4M per contract award.

To maintain our HUBZone status, 35% of our employees must be located in one of the nearly 20,000 HUBZone areas across the country. Of that 35%, the greatest number of people must be concentrated in our "principal office" location, which is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The remaining percentage of people are free to live in whatever HUBZone locale they prefer.

Meet the team

Chris Cairns

Digital Transformer

Chris served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013, and co-founded 18F and the Technology Transformation Service, both housed within the General Services Administration. He specializes in digital leadership and transformation, digital procurement, and product development and management.

Sean Johnson

Full Stack Engineer

Sean's built and exited two tech startups, one of which was bought by IBM. He's been programming since he was six years old, and specializes in software engineering, product management, and cloud computing.

Robert Read

Full Stack Engineer

Robert served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013 and co-founded 18F. He's been programming since he was 13 years old, and holds a PhD in computer science. Robert builds robots, among other things, for public good. He specializes in software engineering, data science and engineering, engineering management, and agile practices.

John Teeter

Full Stack Engineer

John served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013, and has held various senior technology executive positions over his career. He specializes in software engineering, distributed and embedded systems engineering, data science and engineering, cloud computing, and engineering management.

Geoff Mulligan

IoT Architect

Geoff served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013, and has developed standards that power the internet, including IPv6. He specializes in Internet of Things, distributed and embedded systems engineering, networking technologies, and security.

Kin Lane

Full Stack Engineer

Kin served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2013, and is a world-recognized expert in Application Programming Interfaces. He specializes in API architecture and design, software engineering, data science and engineering, cloud computing, and enterprise software.

Always at your service

If you have a question for us, or would just like to get in touch, drop us a message at [email protected]. If you'd like to inquire about hiring us for a job, fill out this short form. If you're interested in joining our team, send us your information. If you'd like to explore forming a partnership to pursue government opportunities, let's talk business.

We love to share our thoughts on technology, design, procurement, business, culture, and more with the world. You can read up on the our latest thinking at our company blog.

You can also follow along on Twitter @skylight_hq.

Feel free to reach out directly to one of our leaders — Chris Cairns or Robert Read.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.