Hi! My name is Kyle Hotchkiss. I'm a web developer based in Central Virginia. I began my journey as a web developer in middle school when I realized how facinating it was that you could communicate so powerfully from a blank slate in such a structured and minute way.

That was over 10 years ago. I still enjoy building on the web platform just as much today - except now the problems to solve are much more interesting! Below is my resume. Please reach out to me for links and examples of work.


Professional Experience

Full-Stack Web Developer, Patronage
Remote • May 2013 - Now

Highlights

  • Worked remotely with a small distributed team
  • Worked on a wide variety of nonprofits and political campaigns
  • Developed custom site builds with Wordpress and Expression Engine
  • Gained experience with many CRMs; including BSDTools, Nationbuilder, and EveryAction
  • Developed custom web applications to handle data importing, processing, and rewriting.
  • Built custom donation experiences using existing CRM payment platforms or from-scratch with Stripe
  • Developed custom maps (Mapbox, Leaflet, or SVG)
  • Designed and implemented website A/B tests for conversion optimization
  • Scoped and developed the backend API for a consumer-facing web product
  • Developed Single Page Apps (SPAs) with ReactJS and associated libraries
  • Developed and launched online ad campaigns for our product
  • Implemenation of several analytics services, including for ads

Specific Knowledge Acquired

  • General web strategies for nonprofits and campaigns
  • Online donation and payment optimization
  • Action-driven layout & designs for conversions

Technologies

  • Wordpress/Expression Engine Custom Website Development
  • Responsive CSS via SASS (plus Foundation/Bootstrap)
  • Version control, multi-developer projects on Git/Github
  • Custom application development in Node.js (Express.js)
  • Various frontend/backend package and build systems (Grunt, Gulp, Webpack, NPM, Bower and Composer)
  • Continuous Deployment (Travis CI) and testing (Mocha)
  • Postgres, MySQL, Parse, and Firebase databases
  • Interactive React.js calculators, maps, and other tools
  • Adobe Creative Suite & Sketch.app
  • Google Analytics, Mixpanel, Google Tag Manager and, Segment analytics integrations
  • Optimizely A/B testing
  • (some) SEO optimization

Co-founder/Digital Director, Illuminate Nations
Lynchburg, VA & Remote • August 2013 - January 2016

Highlights

  • Co-founded a small not-for-profit organization
  • Worked amongst a distributed team to help run organization
  • Designed & built responive site
  • Designed & built custom donations processing software with Stripe (open-source)
  • Designed many small print and digital pieces
  • Gained working cultural relationship experience (Nepal)
  • Created and implemented social media and ad strategies
  • (some) International finance experience
  • (some) Video production experience
  • (some) Map design experience (Mapbox Studio)

Technologies

  • Stripe
  • Node.js/Express.js
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Custom Wordpress Development

Production Intern, Blue State Digital
Washington D.C. & Remote • May 2012 - February 2013

Highlights

  • Worked in-office with a distributed team
  • Worked on smaller projects for a wide variety of organizations
  • Developed web sites with ExpressionEngine
  • Built a Facebook tab application for a high-profile organization
  • Optimized client sites to work with companies donation platform

Technologies

  • ExpressionEngine
  • Responsive CSS
  • Node.js
  • Heroku
  • BSDTools

Education

Web Technology, Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA • 2010 - 2013

  • In Haitus

Hobbies & Interests

World Travel
2014 - Now

  • Kathmandu, Nepal (2014 & 2015)
  • Nova Scotia, Canada (2014)
  • Armenia (2016)
  • Rajasthan, India (2016)

Technologies

  • Oboz and Danner Boots
  • Osprey and Topo Designs Packs
  • Canon Cameras (7d/5dmkIII)

Photography
2013 - Now

  • Travel & Humanitarian Photography (Nepal)
  • Portrait Photography
  • (Some) Video production
  • Hosted the post-earthquake Nepal gallery: This is the Nepal I want the world to know (2015 in Lynchburg, VA)

Technologies

  • Canon Photography equipment (7d/5dmkIII)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Lightroom and Premiere)

Arduino
2011-2016

Technologies

  • C/C++
  • XBee Wireless Modules
  • GPS (NMEA) processing (open-source)

kylehotchkiss.com
2008 - Now

  • Bollywood Review Site
  • Higher-ranking Amtrak review blog post (see for yourself)

Technologies

  • Jekyll / Github Pages