Joe McAlister

Award winning artist, skilled academic and trusted senior engineer.
Described as "relentlessly innovative" by the New York Times.


London, UK


Over the last five years, I've been creating artwork as Fast Familiar, supported by major institutions like Arts Council England, the European Commission, The Cabinet Office and more. Our work has graced prestigious venues including a 6-month exhibition at London's Science Gallery. At Fast Familiar, I've held roles from engineering director to CTO.

In my academic tenure at Goldsmiths, University of London, I wrote and oversaw modules in MFA Computational Art and multiple Computer Science programs. Notably, I designed the Mobile Development module for University of London Worldwide, taken by thousands of students globally.

Currently, I'm a senior engineer at iwoca, contributing to the groundbreaking iwocaPay in a hand-picked, powerhouse team. We're reshaping the landscape of B2B finance.


iwoca Senior Fullstack Engineer

Working within iwocaPay. Led critical projects including multi-user access, 2-factor authentication, pricing, flexible-payout.
2022 - now

Fast Familiar CTO

Creating award-winning artwork funded by world-leading companies.
2017 - now

Goldsmiths, UoL Lecturer

Lecturer across the Master's and Bachelor's computer science degrees.
2019 - 2022

University of London Worldwide Lecturer

Course creator, maintainer of three core modules.
2020 - 2022


With over a decade of full-stack programming expertise, I specialize in crafting robust and dependable architectures. I can also run marathons in an okay time.

  • Typescript
  • NodeJS
  • Python
  • Objective-C
  • Swift
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • Cypress