Hello there,

I create robust web apps and Gatsby plugins.

Roughly half the year I work as an independent contractor. The rest of my time I spend on family, learning, speaking and open source.

My full name is Benedicte Raae.
My location is Rodeløkka, Oslo, Norway.

POW! - take charge of your menstrual cycle

Creating a menstrual tracker app has been in the back of my mind for years. First, because I wanted something more straightforward and flexible, then later the lack of privacy afforded by existing apps got me curious about encryption.

While researching my talk, "A privacy first web-based period tracker? Is it even possible?" I came across the Blockstack framework and jumped on the opportunity to participate in their "Can't be evil"-competition.

So this fall, I launched POW! in open beta.

My goal is to celebrate International Women's Day (March 8th, 2020) with a robust version 1.


In the fall of 2018 I released my first open source project. Its been a blast with contribution already from Thailand, Canada and the UK.

The project is a plugin for GatsbyJS that lets you embed content from Twitter, CodePen, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud and more using the oembed protocol.


In 2019 I would like to get have gotten serious about speaking!

This fall I will be speaking at Javazone, JSConf Budapest, RuhrJS and Mobile Era. The talk is titled "A privacy first web based period tracker? Is it even possible?". You can follow my journey there on Twitter. I do a live broadcast every Monday.

At the end of May I was a guest on Gatsby's webinar about plugins. I talked about my experience creating @raae/gatsby-remark-oembed.

Topics I have knowledge about include: Apps (both native, hybrid and web), the JAMStack (Gatsby - Netlify - Stripe), Creating an open source project, Building MVPs in record time, Structured content, Learning through side projects and the oEmbed protocol.

If you need someone to give a talk or conduct a workshop on any of these topics let me know.

Client work

I have been working as an independent contractor since 2010. These days I focus on making web apps with a visualization component.

I have experience with a myriad of technologies, but these days I focus on React, Gatsby and D3.

Currently I am creating a web app for Thales to help monitor and visualize tactical defense networks.

From the fall of 2013 to the spring of 2019 I made and maintained the Varsom app for The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. First as a native iOS app, but later as a hybrid app on both Android and iOS.

I am available for long term 60% contracts from the fall of 2021, preferably as part of a remote first team.

Let's be Interwebz friends

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and GitHub.

My email is hello@raae.codes and you may even sign up for my newsletter.