ABOUT US

Our Story

It began in a basement with a broken Dell PC, way back in the summer of 2009. What started as hobby soon grew into a full-fledged business; evolving from computer repair to the human-centered software solutions that JCACE provides today.

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Our values

Passion

Software is more than a job for us. We've grown up living and breathing technology, continuously striving to figure out "how it works", while endlessly tinkering and inventing. All of our team members carry this passion into every project that we tackle. This passion, combined with our technical finesse allows us to build beautiful, strategically-designed technology solutions to bring our clients’ ideas to reality.

Innovation

We are a multidisciplinary team with imagination and critical thinking. We change the way things are done by relentlessly challenging the status quo, trying new solutions for difficult problems. We’re not afraid to fail, as we’re continuously learning, developing our skills, and applying new knowledge.

Responsibility

As architects of our digital world, we're responsible for how technology impacts society, the environment, and our future generations. We use humane design processes in everything we create, and educate against UX dark patterns. We're environmentally responsible, and support projects that truly make our world a better place to live.

What is Human-Centered Design?

Picture this: you pull out your phone to check social media, and before long, you’ve wasted an hour scrolling through your timeline. What about planning to watch one episode on a video streaming platform, but inadvertently “auto-played” into watching for six hours. Sound familiar?

Our software ecosystem didn’t evolve this way by accident. As the attention economy grew, designers and developers built software with the profit motive first and foremost. Eventually, this has led to deleterious effects on society, as manipulation, distraction, and other underhanded methods became commonplace. Today, some of these methods are known as dark patterns.

Responsible design means putting society’s betterment above short term goals. It means minimizing distractions, giving people back valuable time, and building software that educates and motivates, rather than manipulates people. Software is a powerful tool. It’s up to us as designers, developers, entrepreneurs to ensure it truly makes the world a better place.

Our crew

Founder & CEO

Jason Cihelka

BSc, CCNP, CBP

Jason is a visionary technology consultant with over 9 years of experience working with companies across a multitude of industries. Since founding JCACE in 2009, he’s helped hundreds of clients and companies leverage the latest technologies to stay at the cutting-edge in today's complex software ecosystems.

Jason’s areas of expertise include: Software architecture, design, and development. User Experiences. Blockchain, IoT, and AGILE Project Management.

Software Advisor

Nicholas Lepine

BSc

A self-starter, Nick has spent countless hours working on software and electronics projects. He uses his knowledge to design solutions for both his client’s problems and his own problems. Nick’s areas of expertise include: software design, signal processing, and machine learning.

Our core technology stack