About John-Paul Takats

John-Paul Takats

I’m currently a lecturer at RIT teaching web development and programming classes to grad and undergrad students. An IT Professional with a strong focus in higher education. Primarily focused on the web; a full-stack developer who has managed all parts of the development cycle. Years of experience in admissions & professional development have focused on marketing, human centered computing and project management. A firm believer and contributor to open-source projects RIT with a little time left over to do freelance consulting (Bantam Creative), property renovations, tinker with my home theater, and take care of my chickens.

In terms of web/IT I utilize several open source technologies such as Joomla and other content management systems to build efficient sites that are easy to maintain.

Specialties: Web development, Content Management, Open Source, Branding and identity, Marketing.

Visit Bantam Creative to learn more.

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My Work

Visiting Lecturer - Rochester Institute of Technology

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
School of Information

Information Technology Strategist - Rochester Institute of Technology

Leads the design, development and implementation of the Enrollment Management Web environment which includes the Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, and Financial Aid Office at RIT. Support marketing initiatives undertaken to drive Institute goals as set forth in the strategic plan. Also support web / IT infrastructure, applications, and communication technologies for the division. Provide testing and maintenance for admissions systems.  Supports technology as a means for assisting with student recruitment and selection efforts designed to satisfy Institute-established Undergraduate and Graduate enrollment goals.

Adjunct Professor - Rochester Institute of Technology

Courses Taught:  

  • Web & Mobile I (ISTE-140)

  • Rapid Online Presence. This course gives students understanding of and experience with installing and customizing web sites using tools such as Blogs, Wikis, Content Management Systems, and Web Site Toolkits.

  •  Web Integration & Application (ISTE.405)

Web Analyst - Rochester Institute of Technology

Supports technology development in Undergraduate Admissions as a means for assisting with student recruitment and selection efforts designed to satisfy Institute-established freshman and transfer enrollment goals. This support focuses on the development of Web-based resources and other electronic communications as a means of facilitating student recruitment, selection and enrollment goals. Also assist with on campus programs such open house and the summer College & Careers program.  Answer questions from prospective students and help in many other ways as needed.

Founder - BantamCreative

A creative agency that designs, develops, and implements web-based solutions. We strive to deliver top-notch applications, balancing technical requirements with marketing strategies & brand.

Some clients include:

Buffalo in a Box 
Assisted with SEO, and website design

National Human Resources Associtation 
Joomla consulting. Migration of server / php 7

Dobber Fantasy Sports
Integration / repairs of the JFusion plugin which provided single sign in (SSO) across numbers sport pages and forum.


My Education

  Professional Studies (Masters of Science)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Concentrations: Interface Architecture and Marketing
Capstone Project: Implementing FeedMasher - A System that Aggregates and Coordinates Digital Content Across Rochester Institute of Technology

  Information Technology (Bachelors of Science)
Rochester Institute of Technology
Concentrations: Web Development

Academics and Professional Conferences

Poster Presenter 2014 HighEdWeb

In 2014 the Undergraduate Admissions Office at RIT began to create a framework that combines multiple media sources into a single stream organized by channels we define. The content is fetched using plugins. Currently there are plugins for RSS Feeds, YouTube Channels, Twitter, and Instagram, and more are planned. An example of one channel we created is a Crafts, Design, and Graphic Communications channel. This poster presentation will highlight some of the parallels we found between our concept and traditional broadcasting which is made up of subscriptions, a TV series, and individual episodes.

Presenter 2012 HighEdWeb

Rethinking the Virtual Tour: An Immersive Experience that’s More Than A Map
In Rethinking the Virtual Tour, John-Paul Takats, a Web Analyst with Rochester Institute of Technology Undergraduate Admissions, led us through the development of their virtual tour. Combining video captured using Google’s tricycle mounted street tricycle and audio from student ambassadors, RIT built out an open-source, immersive site that combined a real-world tour with embedded information layers to create a media-rich immersive experience.


Putting all of my skills here is a bit of a spoof as who is to quantify these things, but I though it looked interesting https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/07/the-worst-portfolio-ever/









Technolutions Slate CRM


Native App Development


Willingness to Learn