Billy Ceskavich


M.S. Information Management

Syracuse University / December 2015

B.S. Information Management
B.A. Political Science

Syracuse University / May 2014



  • JavaScript
  • Ruby
  • Python
  • HTML
  • SCSS / CSS
  • Elixir
  • Java
  • SQL

Frameworks & Tools

  • React
  • Vue
  • Ractive
  • Express
  • Bookshelf & Knex
  • GraphQL
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Elasticsearch
  • Redis
  • MySQL

Experience / Senior Full Stack Engineer

New York City / November 2018 – Present

    Vox Media / Full Stack Engineer 2

    New York City / July 2017 – October 2018

    • Built a search pipeline grounded in Elasticsearch for our editorial dashboard. This work included creating an index versioning system and support for a custom keyword search DSL.
    • Coordinated a multi-month project to migrate our CMS’s user authentication system while ensuring zero user downtime. Worked with Redis, GraphQL, Node, and Ruby on Rails to build parts of the new system.
    • Built command-line tools for managing long-running data migrations on our CMS’s documents
    • Planned and implemented a new user permissions authorization system used by multiple services associated with our CMS
    • Regularly helps onboard other engineers to our CMS ecosystem, documenting and explaining the intricacies of our content model and tooling
    • Mentoring a software engineering intern in summer 2018

    Vox Media / Full Stack Engineer

    New York City / February 2016 – June 2017

    • Part of the team that rebuilt the editor interface for Vox Media’s CMS Chorus as a collaborative, rich-text-driven tool. Contributed many core features written in a full-stack JavaScript environment.
    • Shipped iterative improvements to Vox Media’s autosave pipeline for concurrent, conflict-free editing. Updates included: improved conflict resolution capabilities, extended the system to handle multiple content schemas, wrote a server-side interface for pushing updates to active clients.
    • Regularly presented product features in team-wide reviews. Implemented feedback from designers and product leaders.
    • Mentored a software engineering intern in summer 2016

    Made by Many / Product Engineering Intern

    New York City / May 2015 – August 2015

    • Built HelloBacker, a webapp for matching event planners with event sponsorships. Served as the engineer for the intern product team tasked with creating a production-ready application from scratch over the summer.
    • Built the project in a full-stack JavaScript environment, working for the first time with React and Flux on the front-end and Express and Bookshelf on the Node backend

    BITS Lab / Developer

    Syracuse, NY / September 2014 – December 2015

    • Lead the development of STACK, a Python app for academic researchers to collect and analyze massive social media datasets from Twitter’s Streaming API and Facebook’s Graph API
    • As a contractor for the World Bank, designed and implemented a custom data collection process using our lab’s tools for their research initiatives

    Twitter / Technical Program Manager Intern

    San Francisco, CA / May 2014 – August 2014

    • Worked alongside the product manager for Twitter Search to ship two additions homepage search for logged-out users to drive engagement and new account creation
    • Planned and began a refactor of Twitter’s internal experimentation framework to reduce complexity in experimentation setup and monitoring
    • Attended regular program management meetings to discuss product strategy on large, multi-team projects

    Hack Upstate / Organizer

    Syracuse, NY / June 2014 – May 2015

    • Organized Hack Upstate’s biannual hackathon in Syracuse, New York
    • Worked with partner AT&T to produce four virtual hackathons throughout the upstate New York region
    • Built and maintained Hack Upstate's website

    Evernote / Developer Relations Intern

    Redwood City, CA / May 2013 – August 2013

    • Served as a project lead for the Evernote Devcup, crafting communications and digital content for an international developer competition with 570 participants
    • Coordinated four developer events in the San Francisco Bay Area to promote the Evernote API
    • Developed and implemented components of the Evernote Accelerator incubator program
    • Implemented curriculum updates to the Evernote Developers homepage