Luke Watts

I am a full-stack developer with 9 years professional experience in the industry. I enjoy learning new tools and technologies, whether this is within a project or as an exploratory exercise. Primarily focused on web technologies, I believe that the strong foundation of open source these tools benefit from, make the platform an ideal place for fostering dialogue between people.

Languages & Technologies

Languages Typescript, Javascript, PHP, Python, Ruby
Frameworks Node.js, Express, Koa, Vue, Laravel, Slim, Kirby, WordPress, PHPUnit, Mocha, Ava, Jest, tap
Datastores PostGres, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, BigQuery
Tooling Git, webpack, zsh
Operations Kubernetes, Docker, EC2, Openshift, Azure, Docker, Vagrant

Current Employment

Software Team Lead, Snyk Ltd

September 2019 – Present

Software security tool for developers, helping companies use open source software and stay secure.

Highlights

Developer, Snyk Ltd

October 2017 – September 2019

Highlights

Technical Lead, Bravo Charlie Mike Hotel

January 2015 – October 2017

Design and branding agency working internationally to deliver projects for clients across a wide variety of sectors.

Alongside the demands of client work I have also:

Highlights

Director, LA Code & Design Ltd

December 2012 – 2014

Worked as full stack web developer on a contract basis with a number of London based design firms.

Highlights

Developer, Signal Noise

September 2010 – November 2011

As the first hire at this data design agency, I worked directly with the design directors in building out web projects and physical prototypes.

Sessional Lecturer, University for the Arts London & University for the Creative Arts

September 2010 – June 2012

I focused on introducing web technologies as a medium for editorial output, across a few undergraduate and postgraduate level courses. The short course was split between introductory sessions and workshopping on a one to one level with individual students.

Developer, Inventive & Co

Summer 2010

Worked alongside a senior developer to design and build out a bespoke CMS for a production studio. Notably this system handled video uploads and transcoding of video formats for playback a custom Flash media player.

Interests

Away from the computer, I’m a keen cyclist and can often be found meandering around the Dutch polders looking for a hill to roll down. I enjoy longer endurance rides, the longest one to date being ~250km.

I’m also in the early stages of learning Dutch, maar het is langzaam proces.

Education

University for the Creative Arts

September 2007 – June 2010

BA Hons - Graphic Design New Media 2:1