Hi, I'm Topher Winward.

Topher Winward

Joy finder and software developer

Hey there!

I'm Topher.

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I design and develop software that helps people be as effective as they can be.
I also write about topics that interest me such as teamwork, web programming, and complex computer science topics made simple.

I've been lucky enough to work on some great projects including:

Zing, an internal database with complex authorization systems for a UK wide children's arts, drama, and music school
Sea Of Thieves, a AAA multiplayer game in C++ with Unreal, played by millions of gamers
Building a secure, customer friendly, realtime fullstack ecommerce website for my event ticketing company MatterPay

Other projects

Unique and unforgettable experiences await in a natural and magical world.
Simple event ticketing.

Forget cash, cheques and paper forms. Simplify how you manage events, collect payments and handle customer data.

I led the software design and implementation of Matterpay. The frontend is an accessible, responsive and highly performant React application. This connects to a heavily unit-tested Node-based GraphQL API, accessing a PostgreSQL database.
The essential pirate experience from Rare, packed to the seams with sailing and exploring, fighting and plundering, riddle solving and treasure hunting!

My responsibilities have crossed many areas, from gameplay work in Unreal Engine 4 C++, lower-level engine optimizations, building a UI framework in Typescript, and building C# .NET microservices deployed to Azure.
Sea Of Thieves
Celebrate Rare's 30th Anniversary with a jaw-dropping collection of 30 iconic games, lovingly presented for Xbox One.
Rare Replay
A tool built in Meteor.js to organize 1000+ engineering students into groups, providing realtime chat capabilities and student identification.
Sheffield Hubs Hub
How many coms would a dot com com if a dot com could .com?
My university dissertation involved applying machine learning models to data collected about space availability in various libraries, and presenting the projected information in a friendly manner.
Is there space in the IC?!
A toy project that finds an image of a cat that will look at your mouse, wherever on the screen you place it.
A map created for Team Fortress 2 during the Mercs vs Aliens map making contest.
A Java applet based game where you control Nyan Cat as he travels along a rainbow road, battling the evil ducks along the way. With a dynamic custom-written music system, over 3000 players battled to reach the high score on the public leaderboard.
Nyan Cat's Explosive Adventures Through The Interhoods