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Matthew Smilansky

Software Engineer

About Me

        I was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

        I've always had an interest in technology. When I was 4 years old, my parents purchased a computer running Microsoft Windows 3.1 PC, and I was immediately hooked.

        After graduating from UCLA, I started developing an interest in computer programming and began learning how to code websites and web applications. And here I am now!

Tech Stack / Tools:


12 Hour Study

Pomodoro timer app  aimed at boosting productivity. The app generates reports based on your study habits, and gives you an idea of how much studying you're doing over time. The app was inspired by the "study with me" trend of videos on YouTube, which often feature an on-screen Pomodoro timer.

Built with Next.js, Express.js, MongoDB, React.js, Nivo, and Chakra UI.
Live DemoGitHub


word game that challenges users to form as many heterograms as possible before running out of time. Allows for OAuth 2 login via Google and GitHub. Features a leaderboard listing the highest scores.

Built with Next.js, NextAuth, Prisma, PostgreSQL, and Tailwind CSS/UI.

The Grind

mock website for a fictional coffee shop.  Features an online ordering system with e-commerce components.

Built with Next.js, NextAuth, MongoDB, and Tailwind CSS/UI.

Twitch Bot

Twitch chat bot that features custom commands, notifications, statistics, and channel point redemption events.

Built with TypeScript, MongoDB, Twitch Messaging Interface (tmi.js), Twitch API, and the helpful feedback of my viewers.