Matthew Schlachter

About

This page contains a little bit of information about me and the apps that I make.

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About me

My name's Matthew, I was born in the pleasant town of Bow Island, Alberta and spent the first two years or so of my life living in Mexico. I'm currently living in Montreal (Quebec), where I moved a couple of years ago.

Me, dressed as Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, accompanied by a dog named Bo who is a Good Boy
This is me! (Not my dog, sadly) Yes, I can be a bit of a dork.

At the moment, I'm working as a Software Developer at VIA Science, which leverages blockchain technology to securely connect AI providers to energy companies that want to switch to green energy.

My prior places of employ include as a Fullstack Developer at The Foundry, an employer branding agency by the job search company Monster, and as a Fullstack and Mobile developer at Beeye, an online Project Management platform. I completed my Computer Science degree at Heritage College in Gatineau.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful partner Leya, swing dancing, listening to music (I have a special fondness for vinyl records), playing video games, tinkering with electronics, and photographing the local plants and wildlife. I can also be seen at the occasional comic con in cosplay that I've crafted.

About my apps

When I was studying computer science at college, I often found myself waiting for buses without knowing when the next one would come; the posted times were unreliable and the text-in service to find out when the next one was going to come was rather cumersome. I thus set about creating my first app, the STO Bus Finder, as a front-end for the existing text-in service for my own convenience and to ease the lives of those around me. Although there are now many more (and arguably better, I confess the abilities of my first app are rather limited) options, this first app of mine began my mobile development journey and continued to accumulate downloads on the Play Store up until recent changes to the Play Store's policies led to its removal.

I now work occasionally on my apps during my spare time, primarily motivated by the desire to improve people's lives. I've been through a few apps, but now try not to have too many at once (I feel like part of a good life balance is having different things for work and recreation, and I am a full-time programmer after all). The only app I still have up (the compliment giver) is focused on bringing happiness to people's life.

If you want to see more of my work, you can check out the project page on my old site (which hasn't been updated since mid-2018, so don't mind the broken links).