Joe Shochet* has been developing award-winning interactive experiences for 30 years. He has a passion for designing and programming world-class apps and games across many platforms and audiences. In 2014 he co-founded codeSpark, a venture backed startup whose mission is to teach kids the ABC’s of computer science. In 2021 codeSpark was acquired by Begin Learning.

Previously he was Vice President at Rebel Entertainment, a division of IAC, focused on social and mobile games. Their first product was Dungeon Rampage, an award-winning, and highly rated online game played by over 12 million people worldwide.

His career started in 1996 at Walt Disney Imagineering R&D building virtual reality attractions for the theme parks and designing ride concepts and interactive technologies. After transitioning to Creative Director at Disney Internet Group, Joe was a lead designer and developer of several virtual worlds including the popular Toontown Online, one of the first 3D virtual worlds for children.

Joe has a Computer Science degree from the University of Virginia, where his research focused on virtual reality, user interface design, and teaching programming to novices using Alice3D.

Joe lives with his family north of Los Angeles.

*Shochet is pronounced “shock-it” and rhymes with rocket.