McKaulay Kolakowski

Web & Data Consultant and Informatics Student at the University of Washington

Experience & Projects

T-Mobile IoT Hackathon 1st Prize

My team developed both a new dashboard to integrate with T-Mobile's existing room booking system, and an internet of things-connected light switch which would require employees to check in to conference rooms with their badges in order to turn on the lights and confirm that they were using the space.

Web Crawler & Search Engine

Developed using C# Bootstrap, XML, Azure, utilized various data structures and algorithms
Implemented web roles and worker roles to compartmentalize crawler functionality and operation
Implemented a Trie data structure for search suggestions

LaunchSchoolHR.org

Adapted the school’s HR policy document into a rich, interactive website (view at launchschoolhr.org)
Developed using PHP, JavaScript, Twig, & GRAV. Created documentation for client use

TrainStuff.info

Developed a custom plugin to migrate a static website with nearly 5,000 individual railroad-related products to a new WordPress website with WooCommerce.

HoganWildlifePhotography.com

Migrated a static web store of original photographic art posters to a new WordPress website with WooCommerce.

Low-Carb-Scams.com

Designed and implemented the first of two informational websites about fraudulent food labeling which also include 100’s of recipes.

JulianBakeryInfo.com

The second of two informational websites about fraudulent food labeling.

LabelsandLore.com

Host and maintain website promoting historical book.

Seattle Monorail Game

Designed in 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Seattle's famous engineering landmarks: the Seattle Center Monorail!
Featured by The Monorail Society

Click Here to Play

Many thanks to Conner Starkel for helping to fix the Seattle Monorail Game

Seattle Bus Game

Try the new Seattle Bus Game!

Click Here to Play
Emerald Refuge Resource Directory

Autumn 2016 - I was the group leader in a university project in which my team and I conceptualized and created a directory website to list refugee and social services in Washington. I personally implemented an SMS chat bot to make the information accessible to individuals without internet access.

Skills

  • Designed and maintain several websites, proficient with WordPress with advanced features including e-commerce
  • HTML, CSS, R, Python, Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, PHP
  • React, Firebase
  • Information Management Systems and Data Structures
  • Adobe Creative Suite, focus on Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Graphic Design, Web Design, Branding, Logo Design, Typography

Education

University of Washington Information School

Bachelor of Science - Informatics 2016–Present
Minor in Ethics

Cascadia Community College

Associate of Arts (A.A.), Integrated Studies 2014–2016
Graduated with Faculty Honors

News & Press

Mill Creek teen creates monorail video game
Everett Herald – Mar 14, 2012
McKaulay Kolakowski, 8th Grader, Makes Seattle Monorail Videogame
Seattle Weekly – Mar 15, 2012
“Move aside, Bill Gates, there's a new whiz kid in Seattle: 14-year-old programmer McKaulay Kolakowski spent over 200 hours building a video-game tribute to the Seattle Monorail, just in time for its 50th birthday...”
4 Ways to Celebrate the Seattle Monorail's 50th Birthday
Seattle Magazine – Mar 23, 2012
“Just choose between the blue or the red train and you're ready to cruise past several of the Seattle landmarks you'll see from the real train's window. An adorable interactive game that recalls the days of 8-bit Nintendo, you can travel with the train's doors closed or wrecklessly open and even honk the horn. ...”

Awards & Accomplishments