Jesse Peplinski

Currently AXA US.

Organizing Hack Upstate.

Co-founder, Former director Hack Potsdam.

Former president SUNY Potsdam ACM.



Who am I?

I'm passionate about uniting tech communities. I'm currently working full time at AXA US as a Technology Associate. I'm helping to organize Hack Upstate, a hackathon in Syracuse NY. I'm the co-founder and former director of Hack Potsdam, a hackathon that brought in over 100 people to the north country area. I was also the former president of the SUNY Potsdam ACM. I was an intern at AXA US, an insurance firm, over the Summer of 2016. I was also an intern at Kishmish, a digital marketing firm, over the Summer of 2015. I graduated in 2017 from SUNY Potsdam with a B.S. in Computer Science.

Why do I love code?

I take on challenges with confidence through writing great code, and I believe there is no task too difficult for a team that works together. In order to solve complex problems, I always ensure to carefully plan and coordinate the proper course of action with my team. I utilize the collaborative process in all my projects, and I love seeing people come together. It’s the best part for me when everyone brings something unique to the table - and then we take the proper steps needed to have a successful and fun project.



I would like to be at a company upon graduation where I can explore my interest in full-stack web development and explore big data.


In 5 to 10 years, I would like to be on the path for project management and be at a company that can align me with my professional goals.


I aspire to be at a company where an inclusive culture is valued, the work environment is welcoming, and I truly feel like a part of the team.


B.S. Computer Science

SUNY Potsdam

Mathematics Minor

Graduated: May 2017

GPA: 3.25

Honors & Awards:
  • Benjamin F. Bradley Memorial Award for high achievement and outstanding contributions
  • CS-Leap scholarship for academic excellence
Clubs & Organizations:
  • SUNY Potsdam ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) President
  • Hack Potsdam
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems

A.S. Computer Science

Onondaga Community College

Internet and Web Design Minor

Graduated: May 2015

GPA: 3.60

Honors & Awards:
  • Computer Science Curriculum Honors Award
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Clubs & Organizations:
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member
  • National Society of Leadership and Success Member
  • Database Design & Development
  • Website Design & Development
  • C++


I love to learn.

I take self paced courses on Udacity, Coursera, Udacity, and to name a few.

I like to stay sharp with my skils with Codewars, HackerRank, and FreeCodeCamp.

You can check out this Github repo where you can see what I've been learning recently.



Technology Associate

July 2017 - Present
  • Front-end and back-end development with Bootstrap, Javascript, and JSP
  • Utilized VSTS to manage work & code on a semi-remotely located agile team


Programmer Analyst Intern

June - August 2016
  • Front-end and back-end development with Bootstrap, Javascript, and JSP
  • Utilized VSTS to manage work & code on a semi-remotely located agile team
  • Lead organizer of AXA’s first U.S. hackathon with 40+ attendees on a team of 6 interns


Front-End Web Developer Intern

June - August 2015
  • HTML, CSS, and PHP development using Wordpress Content Management System
  • Implemented website content & general support on Digital Marketing team
  • Worked with multiple clients defining the statement of work and development of their websites


You can also view my projects on Github.

Hack Potsdam Homepage

Potsdam ACM Chapter

Bootstrap, Github Pages

Created the homepage for Potsdam and Clakson's 24 hour hackathon.

100% complete



Potsdam ACM Website

Potsdam ACM Chapter

Bootstrap, Github Pages

Created the homepage of the SUNY Potsdam ACM chapter.

100% complete



Go Workshop Website

Potsdam ACM Chapter

Bootstrap, Github Pages

Created the homepage for a workshop at SUNY Potsdam hosted by Bill Kennedy.

100% complete



Quoridor Board Game

Software Engineering Class

Java, JavaFX

Worked on a team with 6 developers to create Quoridor board game in Java.

100% complete


No demo, sorry!

Badge Me Up

Hack Upstate, Fall 2016

Meteorjs, Blaze, Bootstrap, Heroku

Designed idea & created web application to gamify clubs by rewarding users with badges for participation.

60% complete



Tag My Tasks

Hack Upstate, Spring 2016

Meteorjs, Blaze, Bootstrap, Heroku

Designed idea & created web application with one partner that allows searching & filtering of tasks.

70% complete




Hack Upstate, Fall 2015

Angular, Nodejs, Express, Heroku

Designed idea and created web application with a team of 5 to streamline restaurants and eateries.

50% complete


No demo, sorry!

boulangerie cafe website

August 2015


Worked with a business partner to create a website for a client.

100% complete

No code URL, sorry!



Organizer, Hack Upstate

2017 - Present

Hack Upstate seeks to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate NY hacker community. In doing so, we aim to contribute to the growth of Upstate NY’s technology sector, and to create a robust network of technologists and regional technology companies.

  • Facilitated organization of Hack Upstate X in Fall 2017 with 100+ attendees
  • Working with one other organizer to manage work and create a better hacker experience
  • Working to create a hardware lab where people can check-in and check-out hardware to work on projects with

President, SUNY Potsdam Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

2016 - 2017

I was the president of the SUNY Potsdam ACM Chapter, a club connects students with a passion for technology. I helped to facilitate and organize meetings, events, guest speakers, and projects. These efforts have created several opportunities for students, expanded the presence of the club, and strengthened the Computer Science department.

  • Facilitated organization of Potsdam’s first hackathon with 49 participants,
  • Created, pitched, and received approval of the SUNY Potsdam ACM budget and a hard drive
  • Implemented focus groups, student led workshops held weekly on any topic
  • Created Slack community with 50+ members
  • Expand digital presence of chapter by helping to manage social networking accounts
  • Established Trello workflow to help manage work. See more.
Oragnized Events - Spring 2017
  • Hack Potsdam
  • William Kennedy, Guest speaker and 2-day Go workshop
  • ACM Mixer
  • LinkedIn Workshop
Oragnized Events - Fall 2016
  • ACM Picnic
  • Doug Crescenzi, co-founder of Hack Upstate, guest speaking - "Building Tech and Entrepreneurial Communities"
  • 24-hour hackathon, Hack Potsdam with 49 people
  • Vermont Tech Jam
  • Martin Hebig, president of Maverick Solutions, guest speaking on internship and co-op opportunities for students
  • Master the Mainframe Pizza Party
  • GDC Devfest Season 16
  • VirtualBox & Linux Workshop

Co-Founder and Lead Organizer, Hack Potsdam

2016 - 2017

Hack Potsdam is a 24-hour student-run hackathon where over a large number people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming by working one project with a team for the duration of the event. Hack Potsdam is open to all matriculated students over 18, alumni, and professors. The event is free to attend. We have partnered with Major League Hacking (MLH), the official student hackathon league. They help to power over 200 events all around the world with a network of 65,000 hackers. Check them out at, or check out a video on how they empower student run hackathons.

Roles and Responsibilites
  • Facilitated organization of two hackathons with 49 attendees in 2016 and 115 attendees in 2017
  • Raised $10,000 in sponsorship money for Spring 2017 event
  • Established partnership with Major League Hacking, the official student hackathon league
  • Facilitated meetings with 7 other organizers and 20+ volunteers
  • Created and managed budget
  • Point of contact for sponsors and managed incoming sponsorship donations
  • Created promotion and marketing plan to increase turnout
  • Featured in the news found here
  • Website Design & Development of Hack Potsdam website,




  • Learned at Onondaga Community College & SUNY Potsdam

HTML, CSS, Bootstrap

  • Created multiple websites for the ACM chapter


Javascript & jQuery

  • Regularly use at AXA US


  • Database Design & Development at OCC


  • Worked on multiple websites at Kishmish


  • Helped create in-house software at Kishmish


  • Use at AXA US to manage work & code


  • Use at AXA US


  • Pull Requests, Branching, and Issue Tracking


  • Took at Onondaga Community College

Project Management

  • Director at Hack Potsdam

Agile & Scrum

  • Scrum team at AXA

Client Interaction

  • Regularly spoke with clients at Kishmish


Meteorjs & Blaze

  • Worked on 2 Hack Upstate projects


  • Worked on 2 Hack Upstate projects


  • Worked on 2 Hack Upstate projects

Amazon Web Services

  • Deployed SQL Database with C++

Microsoft Azure

  • Use at AXA US

Articles & Blog

Sometimes I write interesting things