Zac Colley

About me

I'm Zac and I like making stuff, community events and the web ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”Œ๐ŸŽจ.

I'm passionate about removing barriers for people. I'm trying to do this through things like education, accessibility, diversity and inclusion ๐Ÿšง๐Ÿšซ.

One place I'm doing this is through co-organising codebar Monthlies โœจ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ. I also started and used to run hackpompey, a Portsmouth based hack event ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ› ๏ธ

My day job is currently at Farewill where I'm a Full-stack Developer ๐Ÿ“โšฐ๏ธ๏ธ. Before that I worked at Songkick ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽซ. At the University of Portsmouth I started a partnership called ROSE ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŽ“.

I like making things, some of my projects are on GitHub ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿˆ and some are on Glitch ๐ŸŽ.

I love listening to music ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽถ and going to gigs ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅ. I sometimes watch films ๐ŸŽž๏ธ and own a stack of books I rarely read ๐Ÿ“š.

If you want to contact me, emailing works. You can email me at: ๐Ÿ“ง.

I also tweet a lot at @zaccolley ๐Ÿฆ. I've started using Mastodon over at ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽบ. The only other platform I use a bit is Instagram ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ.

Some things I've made

Here are some things I've made over the years that are fairly interesting.

  1. Example of one of the GIFs ๐Ÿค–โ†ช๏ธ Hamiltonian path bot A bot that generates Hamiltonian path GIFs
  2. Screenshot of the softdongs website ๐Ÿ† softdongs Tool to make your own packer. Made at Sex Tech Hack 2 with Cam, Kara and Guy.
  3. Example of one of the GIFs ๐ŸŽฎ food flood A small food colour filling game
  4. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa simulator ๐Ÿค–๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Amazon Alexa #WebVR Simulatorโ„ข๏ธ Simulates what it's truly like to own a Amazon Alexa product.
  5. Some socks that were generated ๐Ÿค–๐Ÿงฆ sockbot A bot that spits out socks every hour.
  6. Some lines that were clicked ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽจ clicky-line-drawer Wiggly line drawing art tool.
  7. Example of a push notification ๐Ÿš“๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿป "I'm just waiting for a mate" game A choose your own adventure game that (ab)uses push notifications.
  8. Me holding the microclicker in style ๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ–ฑ๏ธ micro:clicker Use the BBC micro:bit as a slide clicker.
  9. The printer printed out a Toro y Moi album artwork ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ–จ๏ธ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ now playing printer Print out the album art music you're currently listening to on a receipt printer.
  10. Screenshot of ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ“†๐Ÿ’… An experimental progressive web app for Songkick.
  11. Screenshot of songkick Spotify previews ๐Ÿ’ โŒ›๐ŸŽถ Songkick Spotify Previews Add 30 second Spotify previews to Songkick.
  12. Screenshot of the domains website ๐Ÿ†’๐Ÿ”— domains Domain hacks based on words
  13. Letterboxd ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฌ letterboxd on npm Get the public diary data for Letterboxd users.
  14. Animal Crossing birthday card screenshot ๐Ÿˆโœ‰๏ธ Animal Crossing Birthday Card Fun little birthday card for my Nan.
  15. Hackpompey ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ› ๏ธ hackpompey Portsmouth based hackday, ran 5 before handing over.
  16. ROSE Digital ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’ป ROSE Digital Front-end and design at ROSE Digital.
  17. GIF on the website ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ Online birthday card generator. Made with my bro.
  18. Screenshot of the Computing Society's website ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ฅ The Computing Society's website Site for the society while I was President.
  19. UPRacing ๐ŸŽ๏ธ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ“ UPRacing's Website Site for a Formula Student team I was part of.
  20. Screenshot of Christmas card generator ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„ Christmas card generator Make Christmas cards. Made with my bro.
  21. Screenshot of the Minecraft Explore website ๐Ÿ˜ข Minecraft Explore Minecraft blog on Tumblr. No updates now.

Some things I've written

I should write more.

  1. Some USD money ๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ธ It's time to get into tech debt Why you can't avoid tech debt and how you should embrace it
  2. People pointing at a laptop with a website on it ๏ธ๏ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ’ž Hackdays arenโ€™t just for the tech department With a little effort you can make your hackday inclusive to more people
  3. Cowboy on a computer ๐Ÿ“‹๐Ÿ‘€ Applying User Testing to Technical Documentation Can it help improve documentation?