Matt (IPv4) Cowley

What I do:

Community Platform Manager @ DigitalOcean 🦈️️

Maintainer of @ Cloudflare ⛅️

Web Developer @ Rythm 🎧️

Developer Relations @ 📝️

Open-source maintainer & avid supporter 💻️

Who I am:

20 y/o based near London, UK 📍️

Studying BSc Computing @ University 🎓️

What I'm interested in:

Community Management, Developer Relations, Open-Source Advocacy 🥑️

Software Engineering, Full-stack Development (Node, Vue, React, Next, Nuxt) 🖥️

Live Production, Live Broadcasting (Livestreaming, Radio, Theatre) 🎙️

Stage Management, Production Electrics, Lighting 💡️

  • Architecting and developing a brand new stack to support the Community website and the marketing site, based on a Next.js client statically exported and served by a CDN, integrating with a set of Node.js API micro-services to provide static and dynamic content as well as refreshing exported pages on the CDN, all deployed on multi-DC Kubernetes infrastructure.

  • Part of the core team for Hacktoberfest as the engineer developing the internal API service that integrates with GitHub and GitLab to track contributors and power the program, as well as assisting in handling social and support through the Hacktoberfest Twitter account and our Freshdesk support system.

  • Maintaining the legacy Rails Community platform, evolving the feature-set provided on the site to better the experience for our Community users and internal teams across the Q&A section, Community Tools listings, and vast collection of tutorial content.

  • Leading and co-ordinating the continued development of our open-source Community Tools, such as NGINXConfig. Working with community contributions to triage issues reported on GitHub effectively, shipping new features based on community issues and pull requests.

  • Running outreach programs for super-users on the Community site and open-source contributors, rewarding active members answering questions and new contributors to DigitalOcean maintained open-source repositories on GitHub. Thanking them for getting involved with our community and rewarding them with a swag pack.

  • Restarter is a Discord bot that started with version 1 written in Python all the way back in 2017, and is now in version 3 running Node.js with Discord.js, having grown to serve over 12,000 servers with assorted utility and moderation functionality.

  • The bot runs in a distributed fashion across multiple processes, tied together through network calls and a shared database backing the whole system. Included in the bot are a wide range of utiltiy functions designed to make running a Discord server easier, such as ChannelReacts, one of the most popular features in the bot, which allows server administrators to set the bot to automatically add reactions to new messages posted in a channel.

  • Alongside the utility functions, Restarter also provides server administrators and moderators with a strong set of core moderation functions, such as the ability to ban and kick users with a full log of actions taken, as well as features to automatically remove messages containing Discord invites.

  • Working with the team at Rythm to deliver a unique website experience for the over 20 million communities using Rythm and exploring the features of the service, utilising Nuxt.js statically exported via a custom CI pipeline and deployed to internal Kubernetes infrastructure for resilliancy.

  • Developing a fully client-side checkout experience for new customers, integrating directly with an in-house payments API as well as with Chargebee and Stripe to provide a seamless flow for the user, allowing them to quickly gain access to paid features of the service online.

  • Previously, working with a team of developers to build the original web dashboard for Rythm in PHP (Laravel), integrating with the private API for the bot. Also, developing ancilliary support bots for the team, such as support automation and donations integrations, and assisting in providing technical customer support.

  • Directly responsible for triaging issues and reviewing pull requests made by third-party developers requesting their custom subdomains on the GitHub repository, ensuring they meet our standards for being granted a free subdomain.

  • Building out automation to handle the annual cleanup of the active file to ensure all subdomains are valid, liaising with contributors on subdomains which have failed checks to resolve any issues.

  • Working with the team and external contributors to develop new PR review and management systems through continuous integration (CI), working to remove the need for intesive human review of every domain request.

  • This web-app reveals the new PogChamp emote for Twitch, mirroring the style that Twitch used in many of their motion-graphics, as well as documenting the history of the PogChamp of the Day.

  • The entire application was built to be open-source on GitHub, relying on GitHub Actions and Pages to operate, with automation build using the Twitch API to detect new PogChamp emotes.

  • Creating and managing a large community of JetBrains users and team members on Discord where community members can all chat and interact with each other in a safe environment, asking for and receiving help around JetBrains products and projects as well as having open discussion about almost anything.

  • Working with the team at JetBrains to create unique branding in-line with overall JetBrains branding for the community and to ensure that our operations align with what they expect of a user group.

  • Expanding the community beyond Discord into a large network of sub-communities on Reddit, including r/JetBrains and r/PyCharm.

  • Responsible for continual maintenance of all electrical equipment within the theatre company, including lighting fixtures, power distribution, control equipment, etc.

  • Training new members on the crew on basics electrical saftey, how to wire common connectors used in the theatre, and the basics of power and lighting in the venue.

  • Responsible for the installation, wiring and checking of any practical effects used in productions, ensuring they are safe to be used on stage.

  • Acting production electrician or stage electrics during performances put on by the theatre company, responsible for practical effects and overall power distribution during productions.