Juha-Matti Santala

Developer. Dreamer. Adventurer.



Currently working on


Community Manager @ Boost Turku

As a Community Manager I work together with the board members to organize events, maintain relationships to partners and students and grow the engagement of the community members. During the summer, I'm a coordinator for the Startup Journey, our early-stage accelerator program.

  • Organized 120+ events
  • Lead organizer of two semesters of Boost Dropout Academy workshop series (2 x 8 workshops)
  • Co-organizer of Boost Summer of Programming 2016 & 2017
  • Co-organizer of Startup Journey 2016: 11 teams, 10-week program, 30+ coaches
  • Lead organizer of Startup Journey 2017: 8 teams, 10-week program, 30+ coaches
  • Helped 10+ people find jobs in local startups
  • Worked with local universities to help in project courses and entrepreneurship education (both with students and teachers)
  • Helped start Guild of Entrepreneurship at the University of Turku for the staff interested in entrepreneurship education
  • Board member at Shift ry and lead organizer of Boost's lounge (2016) and pop up makerspace (2017) at SHIFT Business Festival
  • Leading a recruitment process for Boost's Network Manager recruitment 2016
  • Paid & organic social media marketing and content creation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Increased the engagement of the community members

Boost Turku is a student-run entrepreneurship society which organizes events and runs an award-winning startup accelerator Startup Journey (Finland's Best Accelerator, 2015 in Nordic Startup Awards)

Brand Hacker @ Sofokus

I'm working as a brand hacker with Sofokus in Helsinki and Turku, Finland. My main job revolves around building our brand, organizing events, doing marketing, running and building our website as well as helping our customers reach new heights in growth.

I started my work in the beginning of October and if you're interested in working with us, don't hesitate to contact me at juha-matti.santala {{ at }} sofokus.com.

Sofokus is an expert on digital business. We help our customers in designing their digital business as well as build the solutions required. We work with Wordpress, Magento and Django to create value for businesses.

Community Host @ Buffer Slack Community

The Buffer Slack Community is a supportive and positive space for social media marketers and enthusiasts to discuss the latest in social media, help and learn from one another, and meaningfully connect on a deeper level.

Community Hosts are volunteer leaders in the Buffer community. We work together to build a thriving, active, energetic community of social media enthusiasts and do what we can to create a positive experience for all of our members. In essence, Community Hosts help the Buffer team keep the community active and happy.

I'm member of the 2nd Community Host cohort Aug 2017 - Feb 2018.

Join the community here: https://buffer.com/slack

Founder, Organizer @ Turku < Frontend

Turku <3 Frontend is a monthly meetup for everyone enthusiastic about frontend technologies and design. We have speakers telling about their projects and ventures on HTML, CSS, SVG, JS and web design.

I founded the community in December 2015 and since January 2016, we have held monthly meetups and a hackathon helping local developers learn new skills, network with fellow developers, find jobs and helping expats moving to Turku integrate into the local developer community.

  • Grew the community from 0 to 300+ members in less than two years
  • 18 meetups with 36 talks organized
  • 1 hackathon organized
  • Helped developers find new jobs
  • Helped partner companies find new developers

You can find us on @turkufrontend, Medium, Slack and in Meetabit.

Founder, Program Lead @ Unpublished Tech Conference

I started organizing a tech conference to Turku for fall 2018. It is currently an unpublished conference but I promise it's gonna be awesome. Keep your eye on the page!

Webmaster @ Suomen pöytäjääkiekkoliitto

Finnish Table Hockey Association is a hobby organization that runs tournaments and governs the Finnish National Team. We organize 7 national tournaments each year including Finnish Championships and Finnish Team Championships.

I webmaster the current website and its sports stats backend built with Perl and PHP as well as developing a new version built with Laravel and Vue.js

  • Co-organized 10+ national level tournaments
  • Part of the team organizing 2011 World Championships in Turku, Finland
  • Co-organized World Tour level tournament Turku Open 2016 and 2017
  • Organized 100+ city level tournaments
  • Content marketing on Facebook

Founder, Mentor @ Koodimentori

Koodimentori is a pro bono program designed to help beginners and junior level developers to learn new technologies and improve their coding. I started the program in September 2017 and in the first batch I have three mentees. We have bi-monthly or monthly mentoring meetings where I provide help and feedback for the projects they are building.

After teaching programming (and organizing events for) 500+ students in University of Turku as well as workshops such as Rails Girls, mehackit or Boost Summer of Programming, I wanted to provide the opportunity of highly customized 1on1 mentoring program to few selected people in the local community.

  • First batch of three mentees started 09/2017

Project highlights



Koodimentori.fi

coaching, mentoring

Koodimentori is a pro bono program designed to help beginners and junior level developers to learn new technologies and improve their coding.

I started the program in September 2017 and in the first batch I have three mentees. We have bi-monthly or monthly mentoring meetings where I provide help and feedback for the projects they are building.

After teaching programming (and organizing events for) 500+ students in University of Turku as well as workshops such as Rails Girls, mehackit or Boost Summer of Programming, I wanted to provide the opportunity of highly customized 1on1 mentoring program to few selected people in the local community.

  • See the website

  • Alfred 3 Workflow for Pokemon TCG

    programming

    As a big fan of productivity tools, Alfred is a huge favorite of mine. One weekend I figured I should learn how to build my own workflows and I started by building a workflow to search for Pokemon TCG card information.

    User of the workflow can search by a phrase and the software displays card name, set name & number as well as the basic information about the card. Clicking an item directs to a card specific page on your browser.

    Pkmncards Alfred Workflow is built as a script filter using Python (with BeautifulSoup) using the search function of pkmncards.


    Proxymon

    web app, programming

    Proxymon is a web app that converts Pokemon TCG Online deck lists into printable proxies for quick play testing and iterating before buying the cards.

    Proxymon is built with Python/Flask and it uses PokemonTCG.io API for the cards.

  • Test it out!
  • Github

  • Meetup Turku

    web app, programming

    As the amount of tech meetups in Turku exploded in 2016, I decided to build a site that would show the next event for each meetup.

    Meetup Turku uses Facebook, Meetup.com and Meetabit APIs to fetch the event data and displays them on the website that runs on Python/Flask.

    The site is still in early beta and there will be a lot of improvements for the functionality, stability and UI.

  • Test it out!
  • Github

  • Turku ❤ Frontend

    community, meetup

    Turku ❤ Frontend is a community for frontend developers in Turku. We started in December 2015 and have since run monthly meetups, have 250+ people in the community and have brought together developers, software companies and IT students in Turku.

    Turku ❤ Frontend is built with love, passion and desire to create a place for developers to learn and network.

    Thanks to our supporters Poutapilvi, Anders, Sofokus, Vaadin, ATR Soft, Lyyti, Walkbase, Taiste & Wunder.

  • Twitter
  • Meetabit
  • Facebook

  • Startup Journey

    community, accelerator

    Startup Journey is an award-winning* accelerator program ran by Boost Turku ry

    2016 I co-ran the accelerator with Leo Kadieff helping 11 pre-seed startups get their business going. 2017 I'm the lead organizer teaming up with Anssi Ketopaikka to boost the program to even another level.

    With 30+ amazing coaches helping young entrepreneurs during the summer, weekly community BBQ events, hours and hours of hard work and a majestic climax - the Demo Day - Startup Journey is an experience not to forget.

    * Best Accelerator in Finland, Nordic Startup Awards, 2015

  • Facebook

  • Rails Girls

    community, workshop

    Since Nov 2013 I've been organizing and coaching in Rails Girls workshops in Helsinki, Turku, Jyväskylä, Salo and San Francisco.

    Two-day workshops provide women with zero previous experience a kickstart to learn web development and helps them understand the Internet, software development and technology in general.


    NottinghamBot - IRC Bot

    programming

    In the early days of my university studies, I built an IRC bot to take care of our student group's needs.

    NottinghamBot's main features are admin management, automatic URL titles, Steam search and local student restaurant menus.

    NottinghamBot has been in active daily use since summer of 2012.

  • Github