Jesse Peplinski

(315) 409-3514
Syracuse, NY

Hi! My name is Jesse. I love to empower developers, unite tech communities, and solve challenging engineering problems. I'm currently helping to organize Hack Upstate, whose mission is to unite and facilitate collaboration among the greater Upstate New York technology community. I’m also working full time at AXA US as a Software Engineer doing full-stack development with React.js & Spring Boot, and dabbling in chatbots. 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 (Association for Computing Machinery).


  • Java
  • HTML, CSS, Bootstrap
  • Javascript
  • jquery
  • SQL
  • MongoDB
  • Git, Github
  • VSTS
  • Agile & Scrum
  • Firebase
  • Meteorjs, Blaze
  • Python
  • Heroku
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Angular 4
  • C++
  • Wordpress
  • PHP


B.S. Computer Science, Math Minor, 3.25 GPA

SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam NY
Graduated May 2017
Honors and Awards
  • Benjamin F. Bradley Memorial Award for high achievement and outstanding contributions
  • CS-Leap scholarship for academic excellence
Clubs and Organizations
  • SUNY Potsdam ACM President
  • Co-Founder and Director Hack Potsdam


Graduated May 2015
Honors and Awards
  • Computer Science Curriculum Honors Award
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Clubs and Organizations
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member
  • National Society of Leadership and Success Member


Software Developer

AXA US, Syracuse NY
  • Development with React, Javascript (ES6), JSP, and Bootstrap on client portals
  • Implementing a chatbot with Microsoft's Bot Framework on the Azure stack to facilitate customer support inquiries
  • Utilized VSTS to manage work and code on a semi-remotely located agile team

Programmer Analyst Intern

AXA US, Syracuse NY
  • Development with Javascript (ES6), JSP, and Bootstrap on client portals
  • Lead organizer of AXA’s first U.S. hackathon with 40+ attendees on a team of 6 interns


Kishmish, Syracuse NY
  • HTML, CSS, and PHP development using Wordpress Content Management System
  • Worked with multiple clients defining the statement of work and development of their websites

Training / Online Learning

I 💖 to learn. I take self paced courses on Udacity, Coursera, Udemy, and Codeacademy to name a few.

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

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

Codeacademy pro intensive

Build Front-End Web Applications from Scratch
Jan 16, 2018 - Mar 27, 2018

8 week curriculum for developing interactive front-end apps using Javascript and ReactJS

Build Web API's from Scratch
Oct 31, 2017 - Jan 16, 2018

8 week curriculum on back-end web development for building API's from scratch with Javascript and Express.js


Udacity Grow with Google scholarship recpient

Offline-first Web Apps
January 2018 - April 2018

Angular 4 Training

Angular Pros / Learning Tree
Certificate MongoDB for Node.js Developers

MongoDB Developer Training // MongoDB University


Ultimate Go Workshop

Ardan Labs
2 DAYS, MAY 2017


Kitchen Assist

Product Hunt Global Hackathon
November 2017 - Present

Creating a Google Action using Dialogflow & Firebase stack to make your kitchen smarter. Received an honorable mention from over 4,500 participants from 124 countries.

  • Firebase Cloud Functions, Firebase Firestore, Actions on Google
Github Website

TCG Market Alerter

Side Project

Created python app to send an email to the user if there is a change in the market value of a card using the TCGPlayer API.


Website Development

Design and development of multiple static websites using Bootstrap and Github pages.

Hack Upstate Website
Github Website
Potsdam ACM Website
Github Website
Hack Potsdam Website
Github Website
Go Workshop Website
Github Website
Potsdam Computer Science Content Revamp

HACK UPSTATE Participant

The Technology Garden, Syracuse, NY
4 time participant, 2015 - 2017

Worked on several projects at four events. Won a Google Home in Spring 2017.

Badger, FALL 2016
  • Meteor, Blaze, Bootstrap, Heroku
Github Website
Tag my Tasks, Spring 2016
  • Meteor, Blaze, Bootstrap, Heroku
Github Website
Ez-Order, FALL 2015
  • Angular, Express, Heroku


Partner, Hack Upstate

Syracuse, NY
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.

  • Empowering developers in Central New York as the Director of Operations
  • Facilitated organization of 2 events (100+ attendees) and youth hackathon (40 children)

Director, Co-founder, Co-organizer, Hack Potsdam

Potsdam, NY
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.

  • Facilitated organization of 2 events, 49 attendees in Fall 2016, 116 attendees in Spring 2017
  • Raised $10,000 in sponsorship money for Spring 2017 event
  • Established partnership with Major League Hacking, the official student hackathon league
  • Led meetings with 7 organizers and 20+ volunteers
  • Monitored, documented, and tracked task completion
  • Primary point of contact for sponsors, managed sponsorship donations & overall costs
  • Featured in the news
  • Website design & development of website

President, SUNY Potsdam ACM

SUNY Potsdam, NY
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.

  • Hosted 15+ events for students throughout the school year
  • Composed, pitched, and received approval of the 2016-2017 budget
  • Expanded digital presence by managing social networking accounts with Buffer
  • Established Slack community with 100+ students and alumni
  • Supervised development of SUNY Potsdam club websites
  • Established alumni foundation program to help support the club financially
Check out more I did for the ACM