Born and raised in Kansas, Chad has been an early adopter and connoisseur of technologies from a very young age.


Chad Smith, age 4

In early education, Chad excelled in mathematics, science, entrepreneurship and business, served as a student advisor to the Kansas - American Cancer Society, and was a Kansas DECA state champion.

In college, Chad studied finance, marketing, economics, and liberal arts at Johnson County Community College, Emporia State University and Wichita State University - serving in both student activities and student government roles.

Chad holds degrees in liberal arts and business administration.


Chad self-funded his college education by working as a professional ski and snowboard instructor, radio disc jockey, fast-food cashier, KTA toll collector, investment and insurance sales agent, and open source software developer.

His early contributions to open source - eventually used by hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide - helped shape the early days of mobile internet and several modern web browser technologies in use today.

After college, Chad worked in marketing and web development roles; and created free internet services that allow small businesses to manage their own payment processing, scheduling, and voice and cellular communications.

Alongside devICT and Startup Wichita, Chad helped bring Startup Weekend and other technology and entrepreneurial events to the Wichita area.

Presently, Chad is a founding team member and vice president of Scout - a small tech startup that offers DIY home security, home automation, and IoT (Internet-of-Things) solutions for consumers, businesses, and other IoT companies.

At Scout, Chad helped grow the business from launch to IPO, and continues to work closely with teams at Amazon, Google, and partners around the world, to ensure Scout delivers the best connected device and security platforms available.

Learn more about Chad’s professional background at

Daily Life

Chad Smith and family

Other than technology and work, Chad and his wife enjoy cooking, baseball, wine tastings, seeking out new craft beers, and family road trips.

Chad is an award-winning home brewer and member of the Wichita Homebrewers Organization. You can occasionally find one of his recipes on tap at Augustino Brewing Company.

While he has had many opportunities to relocate, he chooses to call Wichita home due to the exceptional school districts and low cost of living.

His family has lived in District 100 since 2013 and the Wichita area since 2007.

Key Highlights

Occupation: Software Engineer

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

Cats or Dogs: Yes, please.

Favorite Band: Weezer

Favorite Coffee: Costa Rican

Favorite Food: Home-cooked