Jay Vachon

a portfolio of projects and organizations

that I have been a part of

w/ One Acre Fund

A nonprofit social enterprise working to improve the lives

of smallholder farmers, primarily in East Africa

From 2016-2018 I worked at One Acre Fund in East Africa. One Acre Fund is a social enterprise whose mission is to eliminate hunger by offering asset-based loans to smallholder farmers. As a software developer and manager, I contributed to projects that handled farmer enrollment and repayments, and I helped maintain and extend internal software solutions that handled financial, logistic, and client data.

w/ Engagement Lab

An applied research lab @ Emerson College

focused on the design & study of civic media


A suite of data analysis tools for beginners designed by Catherine and Rahul. DataBasic introduces concepts of working with data in a way that is fun and easy to understand. The project was funded by the Knight Foundation's Prototype Fund.

Unlocking Health

An exploration and strategy game that teaches the principles of Results Based Financing. The game was was designed and developed in partnership with The World Bank Institute


Conceived by Catherine D'Ignazio and Matt Carroll, NewsPix is a Chrome extension that displays a breaking news story every time the user opens a new tab. The goal of the project is to help drive engagement to small and local new organizations at a time when most people get their news from social media feeds.

Our first partner is the Keene Sentinel.

Risk Horizon

A game that teaches the key concepts of the World Bank's "World Development Report 2014, Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development." It was designed for the final section of an online course, and was played by over 7,000 people in 178 countries.

As part of the project I parsed the gameplay data so that the game's strength as a learning tool could be studied. Lab director Eric Gordon wrote about the results of that data here.

Engagement Lab website

The Engagement Lab website features all of the projects that the lab has worked on over the years.

w/ Astro Assembly

A game studio w/ Joel & Roy

Pharaoh's Dance
An action-platformer-roguelike on a giant spinning carnival contraption. Features a dynamic soundtrack based on the opening track of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew.
Multilytheus (audio)
Joel did everything - I just helped with the audio
A difficult abstract first-person puzzle game about navigating space.
Our website, which I wrote using a modified WordPress theme.