Chris Hull – Founder and Chief Product Officer of Otus: An Edtech Company that Centralizes Work for Educators, Students, and Their Families
Chris Hull is the founder and Chief Product Officer of Otus, a Chicago-based Edtech company that centralizes work for educators, students and their families, eliminating the chaos of multiple systems. This is episode 435 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.
Chris grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended New Trier High School, where he poured most of his energy into playing basketball and other sports. He attended Denison University, where Chris continued to play basketball and became inspired by his professors to pursue teaching. In 2007, Chris became a full-time 7th Grade Social Studies teacher. As he taught, Chris grew frustrated with fractured Edtech systems, which took his focus away from helping students learn.
In 2010, he co-wrote a grant to bring one device to every student in the Social Studies department. On leap day in February of 2012, the idea for Otus was born.
Chris was nominated in 2016 for NSBA’s ‘20 to Watch’ EdTech Leader, and has been showcased in the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation series. He has presented at a variety of summits and conferences, including edSurge in St. Louis, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Miami, iPadpalooza, and more. In 2016 Otus was nominated for two Codie awards.
Chris Hull is a husband and a father of four. His children are 6,5, and he has 3-year old twin girls.
Today we are focused on understanding what Otus is and how it can help schools, students, and parents.
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