I'm Matthew Jakeman - A Software Engineer working at Atlassian in Sydney.

Touching Grass
A game about lawn mowing...?


touching grass

A lawn mowing simulator game for the DEVS × GDSC Hackathon.
Don't ask.


A C# library for writing cross platform applications with GTK, GStreamer, and more.


A browser extension that makes watching University of Auckland lecture recordings easy.


A markdown-powered word processor for busy people. Written in C and GTK.

Collaborated on the website redesign for the Software Engineering Students Association.


A simple raytracer in exactly 450 lines of C code. For learning about computer graphics.


A library of high quality snippets for common one-off tasks. Created for the 2021 DEVS Hackathon.

cheeses of the world

A website about cheese 🧀. Written with PHP/MySQL for Level 2 Digital Technologies.

travel website

A travel website ✈. Written in HTML5/CSS3 for Level 1 Digital Technologies.


November 2022 - Present

Software Engineer — Atlassian

I work on performance, core services, authorisation, and authentication for the Jira product family.

  • Made Jira’s calendar widget 40x faster for the most affected customers.
  • Migrated Jira from Java Servlets 3.1 to the newer and modern 4.0 API standard.
  • Implemented timeout detection and job termination for Jira's new asynchronous multi-tenanted job system.
  • Drove a high-impact decision making process for the team, addressing a long-term vision for event propagation within Jira — a key dependency for ongoing multi-year decomposition efforts.

November 2021 - February 2022

Software Engineering Intern — Serato

Worked in an Agile Team on Serato DJ ‐ most widely used DJ software globally.

  • Implemented GUI (C++/Qt) and pad mode state machine for Serato Stems.
  • Added corresponding hardware support for six controller models.
  • Prototyped new waveform rendering tech (OpenGL) and documented proposed architectural changes to inform future work.

About Me

March 2020 - November 2023

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

University of Auckland

Specialised in Software Engineering under the department of Electrical, Computer Systems, and Software Engineering (ECSE).

Additional Certificate of Proficiency:
  • 2019Accelerated MathematicsUniversity of Auckland
  • 2019MicroeconomicsUniversity of Canterbury


Dean's Honours List

Faculty of Engineering

Recognises students who have demonstrated excellence in academic performance by being in the top 5% of their year of study — achieved in every year of study.


Top Achiever Scholarship

University of Auckland

Awarded to exceptional students, who have excellent academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential. Valued at NZ$20,000.

  • 2022Certificate of Oustanding AchievementSchool of Computer Science
  • 2019New Zealand Economics Competition (Distinction)Auckland Business School



Software Engineering Students Association

Elected by students as the 2023 SESA President. SESA runs social and professional events for the 350+ SE students at the University of Auckland. I led an executive team of 16 members to run over 30 industry and social events throughout the year.


Hackathon Coordinator

Web Development & Consulting Club

Jointly organised the largest student-run Hackathon in New Zealand for 2021-2023. Over 140+ attendees from industry and academia. This involved liaising with the Venue, Industry Sponsors (such as Atlassian and AWS), Catering, etc.

  • 2022Vice PresidentSESA
  • 2021Part II Student RepresentativeSESA