Matt (IPv4) Cowley

What I do:

Community Platform Manager @ DigitalOcean 🦈️️

Maintainer of cdnjs.com @ Cloudflare ⛅️

Developer Relations @ js.org 📝️

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.js, Ruby on Rails, Vue.js) 🖥️

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

Stage Management, Production Electrics, Lighting 💡️

DigitalOcean

Community Platform Manager

June 2019

Present

Community

Engineering

Open-source

Helping millions of developers easily build, test, manage, and scale applications of any size - faster than ever before.

DigitalOcean
  • Working as part of the engineering team for the Community platform to continually evolve the feature-set provided on the site to better the experience for our Community users across our Q&A section, our Community Tools listings, and our vast collection of tutorial content, as well as working with internal teams using the platform.

  • 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 our GitHub open-source outreach program, reaching out to new contributors on any of the DigitalOcean maintained open-source repositories on GitHub, thanking them for being involved with our projects and sending them a swag pack as a gift for contributing.

  • Part of the core team for Hacktoberfest 2019 and 2020, responsible for handling all social and support enagement through the Hacktoberfest Twitter account and our Freshdesk support system. Also a principal engineer for maintaining the open-source Ruby on Rails Hacktoberfest application that powers the whole event and website.

  • Moderating the DigitalOcean Community on a daily basis, handling any user reports as well as the automated spam filter systems in place. Responding to any users who reach out when their post is caught in the automated filters.

  • Collaborating with the community management team to ensure the platform provides the features they need to effectively work with our community and assisting them with engaging on Community Questions and Answers, as well as escalting issues internally to support teams when appropriate and improving processes for triaging feedback provided by our users.

cdnjs / Cloudflare

Open-source Maintainer

October 2018

Present

Community

Engineering

Open-source

The #1 free and open source CDN built to make life easier for developers.

cdnjs / Cloudflare

DNS over Discord (1.1.1.1)

Standalone Project

August 2019

Present

Engineering

Open-source

Ever wanted to make DNS requests from the comfort of your Discord server? Well now you can, thanks to the @1.1.1.1 bot.

DNS over Discord (1.1.1.1)

js.org

Developer Relations

October 2018

Present

Community

Open-source

js.org provides free js.org subdomains to JavaScript projects on GitHub for free through GitHub.

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

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

  • Working with the js.org 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.

PogChamp of the Day

Standalone Project

January 2021

Present

Engineering

Open-source

Your new PogChamp is... View the new Twitch PogChamp and the history of the PogChamp of the Day at pogchamp.today

PogChamp of the Day
  • 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.

JetBrains Community

Community Manager

April 2018

Present

Community

Open-source

JetBrains Community is the Reddit and Discord community for all things JetBrains.

JetBrains Community
  • 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.

Young Theatre

Chief In-House Electrician

February 2014

September 2019

Live Production

A youth theatre group run by young people for young people.

Young Theatre
  • 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.

Blink FM

Programme Controller

October 2014

September 2017

Live Production

Live Broadcasting

A local, youth run radio station that broadcasts online to all and via FM radio to areas of South Bucks.

Blink FM
  • Responsible for co-ordinating with different presenters to establish an ongoing, flexible schedule for when shows are on air, ensuring that all content follows Ofcom guidelines and is safe to broadcast on air.

  • Providing assistance to youth presenters in the studio to ensure that their shows run smoothly and are broadcast successfully, training and aiding them in using studio equipment including the Auto DJ and Myriad systems.

  • Working with the Blink team and the parent team at Wycombe Youth Action to continue to grow the radio station, including aquiring new and improved equipment, as well as developing a new website and graphics package for the station to boost the brand.