Pedro Gomes Rocha, Drupal Developer in Lisbon, Portugal
Pedro Gomes Rocha

Drupal Developer in Lisbon, Portugal

Member since November 8, 2013
Pedro is a senior software architect, and entrepreneur focused on building flexible solutions that combine a quick delivery with robustness, allowing projects to grow over time. He is passionate about design and UX and tries to combine the best technologies and interfaces for each project. Pedro also has a solid knowledge of the web, mobile, and chatbot development, delivering quality products primarily based on PHP, Node.js, Drupal, and Botkit.
Pedro is now available for hire




Lisbon, Portugal



Preferred Environment

Git, PhpStorm, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've made is a crowdfunding platform that was flexible enough to grow over two years and robust enough to handle more than one million dollars.


  • Tech Lead | CEO

    2020 - PRESENT
    PixelAR Studio
    • Created an Augmented Reality CMS platform based on Laravel, Three.js and, Vue.js.
    • Coordinated the research of a tech stack to create an accessible AR platform for the web, without the need for mobile apps.
    • Conducted user research and beta test process, to validate the business proposition and evaluate potential improvements on the tool.
    Technologies: Augmented Reality (AR), WebAR, Vue.js, Laravel, Scrum
  • Full-stack Developer

    2017 - PRESENT
    MOR Associates
    • Created a survey platform on Drupal that automated many steps on the routines of running hundreds of surveys for thousands of respondents a year, ranging from data collection to processing and reporting, connecting with other company systems.
    • Proposed and implemented a next-generation platform on Laravel to consolidate three legacy systems, restructured the data model and workflows to automate even more work, and solve data and identity duplication issues.
    • Introduced BI concepts and tools on the systems, to give the team more visibility and insights on data available on the platform.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, Drupal, Laravel, Digital Transformation, Sass, CSS
  • AI Chatbot Developer

    2019 - 2020
    Bigger Brains (via Toptal)
    • Helped upgrade the project from a small chatbot MVP to a fully managed CMS chatbot, allowing end users to create content that interacts with NLP services.
    • Helped the client consolidate the technology stack.
    • Moved from Python, vanilla PHP, and Laravel on a shared server to a Python-based project on a cloud-based infrastructure, reducing maintainability and evolution costs.
    Technologies: Laravel, Microsoft,, Python
  • Software Architect

    2015 - 2017
    Code to the Future (via Toptal)
    • Started this project as a brochure site with course sales; it has also become a platform to manage financial information with fine-grained permission control to allow a franchising structure to work on top of it.
    • Used Drupal as technology to provide a flexible and fast jumpstart in the company process. Through the project evolution, Drupal was totally customized so that we could be benefited from the tool while having a much optimized UX for the client needs.
    • Helped to find a simple but effective layout template to help the jump-start and migrate from WordPress. It helped the project for almost an year, when we hired a Toptal Designer to create a unique layout that we implemented afterwards.
    Technologies: AngularJS, Drupal
  • Drupal 7 Developer

    2014 - 2014
    Winnin (via Toptal)
    • Created a data warehouse engine to make it easier to create different types of historical data series.
    • Created a notification system for the website to periodically send reporting emails to users.
    • Implemented data warehouses that consolidate data from Java web services and Drupal, making it easier to create valuable reports.
    • Designed the API and engine data structure to be automatically recognized through the codebase, promoting a code that is easy to maintain and evolve over the time.
    • Created an administrative interface to provide monitoring of the process and manual trigger when needed.
    Technologies: Data Warehouse Design, Web Services, Drupal
  • Founder, Sofware Architect

    2010 - 2014
    • Developed a crowdfunding platform on top of Drupal and Drupal Commerce (
    • Developed a crowdsourcing platform on top of Drupal and Apache Solr (
    • Created a network documents' search tool based on Apache Solr, Apache Tika, and Drupal that crawls the local network and indexes contents from PDF and Office files (
    • Created a PCI-compliant Drupal module to enable the Brazilian payment gateway Moip as a viable payment tool for eCommerce with Drupal Commerce (
    • Created Drupal modules to avoid repetitive work on new projects, enabling better response times on development.
    • Owned negotiating with potential clients, hired and managed developers (up to five), dealt with service providers, and developed partnerships—always balancing long-term investments with short-term restrictions—acting as the company's CEO.
    Technologies: Plone, Python, Java, PHP, AngularJS, Apache Solr, Drupal, Agile Project Management, Product Ownership
  • Technology Consultant

    2010 - 2010
    • Developed a digital signage content delivery network based on Drupal for content management and distribution. Integrated with Broadsign Digital Signage for content delivery to hundreds of buses running around the city of Rio de Janeiro.
    • Created scrapers to integrate with partner content networks, consolidating data to be delivered.
    • Created Adobe Flash templates to consume data via XML/JSON from the Drupal content delivery platform.
    • Worked with web services to consume and provide data between corporate systems.
    • Created a proof-of-concept platform on top of Drupal to integrate with the Scala digital signage platform, providing an entire new interface to the product.
    Technologies: Adobe Flash, Flash ActionScript, Drupal, PHP, Python, Digital Signage, Scala
  • Web Developer

    2007 - 2009
    Fluminense Federal University
    • Played an important role in the development and sysadmin management for the downsizing of the academic management system from the mainframe to J2EE architecture.
    • Supported the decision-level executives with studies about the best technologies available for old and new demands, providing subsidies for decisions on when and what to develop.
    • Managed the infrastructure of dozens of Drupal websites for departments, automating tasks to enable quick deployment and easy maintenance.
    • Implemented a balanced environment infrastructure for hosting the online registration of more than 30,000 students.
    • Introduced the idea of Drupal as a corporate system framework, proving that it can be more productive and cost-effective than J2EE for many kinds of projects.
    • Hired, trained, and managed the work of junior developers, DevOps, and support staff.
    • Took part on the IT management team, holding the responsibility to work on RFP, take quotations, and define systems architecture and budget.
    Technologies: PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, Apache, Linux, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, PHP, Hibernate, Spring, JBoss Seam, JSF, Jakarta EE, Agile Project Management


  • Benfeitoria

    One of the biggest crowdfunding platforms in Brazil, this project involved the migration of one and a half years of data from a proprietary software to Drupal Commerce. Within nearly one year of the migration, around R$1.000.000,00 had passed through the platform.

  • Rio+

    A crowdsourcing platform to change the city landscape and bring citizens to co-create ideas for improving the city of Rio de Janeiro in a variety of ways. The platform was embraced by the city hall. It integrates Drupal with Facebook, monitors the interactions around each idea, and keeps an eye on the most popular ones.

  • Truc

    This eCommerce platform enables users to send pictures and apply image filters directly to the website, choose sizes, crops, and effects before buying the photo, which is delivered printed in a frame. It features a rich interface to manipulate the photos with the Image Magick tool and runs on Drupal Commerce.

  • Bollyshake

    A video focused social network that is built on top of Drupal and Youtube API, with some nice Angular JS integrations to provide a better UX.

  • SXSW 2014 social media monitoring website

    The mobile website was created by Mass Relevance(now Spredfast) to monitor social media engagement on real time for SXSW 2014 event.
    Responsive layout, mashup with some APIs and products they had, web services to consume data from their Drupal website and a really nice UX.

  • Toptal Mentor
    Pedro is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. Pedro shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.


  • Languages

    PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, CSS3, HTML, Python, Sass, TypeScript
  • Frameworks

    Bootstrap, Laravel, AngularJS, Angular, Hibernate, Ionic
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, Highcharts, Facebook Open Graph API, Node.js, Vue.js
  • Tools

    Botkit, Apache, Apache Solr, Git,, IBM Watson
  • Paradigms

    Responsive Web Design (RWD), Agile Project Management, Agile Software Development, Design Patterns, Scrum, Unit Testing
  • Platforms

    Drupal, Heroku, Linux
  • Other

    Conversational Interfaces, Content Management Systems (CMS), Full-stack, Augmented Reality (AR), Chatbots, Digital Signage, Web Services, Data Warehouse Design, Product Ownership, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Transformation, WebAR
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL


  • Extension in TIP - Transdisciplinary Innovation Program
    2017 - 2017
    Hebrew University - Jerusalem/Israel

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