waveHi. I’m

Benjamin Ashbaugh

I’m a student and software dev from Colorado, interested in web development, AI, and computational physics. I love learning and building creative projects. 🚀

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Highlights

MAHacks VI

24-hour high-school hackathon in Boston, MA

b3n.fun

Small side projects, interactive stories, visualizations, and more creative stuff

Simply Synonyms

Modern writing tools for Chrome

QRCode.Quest

Create automated scavenger hunts and interactive experiences with QR codes

Projects

👾 Jellyport
2D portal game with a twist

Made for Hack Club Codejelly. Made with @thatrobotdev.

Unity 2D
C#
Aesprite
📲 QRCode.Quest
Automated QR code scavenger hunts

Recently, I learned that my local library was running a scavenger hunt-type event using QR codes. They posted several QR codes at different locations around the library, and linked each to an unlisted youtube video. Finally, they manually checked with everyone who completed the hunt to make sure they'd found the videos.
Inspired by the limitations of this approach, and a similar system I had created for an event at my school, I created qrcode.quest, a tool for automating simple scavenger-hunt-like experiences using QR codes.

Next.JS
TypeScript
Prisma
Firebase
🖥 Benjaminashbaugh.me
this website
Next.JS
Sanity CMS
Tailwind CSS
🟧 Slack Tetris
Classic Tetris game on Slack

I built a Tetris bot for Slack powered by emojis.

Piece shapes are represented by boolean matrices, which are then combined and mapped to a grid of colored block emojis which gets updated every loop. It supports single-player mode, “open” cooperative mode, and two-player competitive mode.

TypeScript
Bolt.JS
Hack Club
🐮 Hack Club Cow
GPT-3 cow chatbot

Using OpenAI's GPT-3 API, I created a simple AI chatbot for Slack that behaves and responds like a cow.

TypeScript
Bolt.js
GPT-3
🔧 Tools.bweb.app
my software database

A small public list of some of the tools & software that I use.

React
Next.JS
Airtable
Geist UI
🗄 GCS File Explorer
lightweight file explorer for Google Cloud Storage

I used Google Cloud Platform’s Storage, Load balancing and CDN services to create a personal “cloud” and CDN. Then I made a custom file explorer/upload dashboard for Google Cloud Storage buckets using React.js and Cloud Functions. You can host it right from the bucket, and it allows authorized users to sign in with their google account to upload or manage files in their bucket. It also has basic access control features, allowing people to set files as public or private and generate temporary shareable links for private files.

CRA
GCS
Google Cloud Functions
Google Cloud Load balancer & CDN
Cloudflare
🗓 Older projects

Here are some of the major projects I built during 2018-19, when I was learning to code.

Arithmerace (October, 2019): This was one of my first projects, and my first time using both Vue.js and Firebase. I created a prototype of a simple arithmetic-based multiplayer racing game where players compete to power little robots by solving math problems. It also won 3rd place in my district of the Congressional App Challenge 2019.

Lists (~May, 2019): Literally just a website where you can make and share lists.

Simple Evolution Learning Experiment (~December, 2018): A simple game where rolling circles learn to jump over obstacles using a very basic evolution learning algorithm

Old Blog (2018-20): My old website and blog, built with Jekyll

Radar Defense (July 2018): A simple game made with PyGame based on the concept of defending a central “base” against missiles with a limited supply of energy. Inspired by FNAF. I even built a custom controller for it using an Arduino!!!

Vue.JS
Nuxt.JS
Buefy
Firebase
Pixi.JS
Express
MongoDB
Python
Jekyll
PyGame
Arduino
+ more

Writing & Other

Coming soon

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