Friday, January 4, 2019

New Hire at Umbraco HQ: Bjarke Berg

My new job at Umbraco HQ!

Hello! My name is Bjarke, and I am a new senior developer at Umbraco HQ. I am part of the core team working on the Umbraco CMS and our plugins.

BjarkeMe at my new desk at Umbraco HQ.

I am 33 years old and live in Odense with my wife Sofia, our daughter Athena and son Mathias. I have lived in Odense for the last 11 years. I grew up in a small village South of Odense, called Årslev, and moved to Odense when I became a student at the University of Southern Denmark. I graduated as Master of Science in Computer Science in 2010 and since then, I have worked as a developer and software architect.

I have always been interested in computers. I started playing with my father’s Amiga 1000, since then, I inherited his next 10 computers. I remember that the first PC only had 5 MHz. My current desktop has 6 cores running at 3 GHz. That’s more than 3500 times faster!! 😃 My father also started programming in his spare time, so that also became one of my key interests. I started making static web pages in HTML at the age of 12 and before I had my first programming lesson in school, I was already making websites using ASP.Classic.

Curling UmbracoWe might look like pros... we weren't. 

Right before I started at HQ, I was lucky to join a Fun Squad day where I met the rest of the team. On this day, we all tried to play curling for the first time - not a pretty sight. Since then, I have also been lucky to meet a handful of people from the community when I participated in some Umbraco Training sessions. So even though I haven't been here that long, I have definitely been thrown right into activities that have made me learn a lot more about Umbraco and the people who work here! 

Me and my buddy Claus 

Doing my start at HQ, I have also had a buddy assigned. My buddy is Claus. Claus helps answer all my strange questions about how different things are meant to work. A friendly buddy and a real Umbraco know-it-all 😉

In my spare time…

...I clean up after my daughter who makes everything untidy with all her toys.

Fortunately, I also find time for sports. Either from the couch, the stadium or my favourite - as a player. As a player, I like Football and Golf. Off the pitch, I’m madly in love with two football clubs that, unfortunately, just lose, lose and lose (Odense and Newcastle) 😠 But the few weekends every year where both clubs have won their game, I can walk on water!

Newcastle United 2-2 Chelsea, Sep 26, 2015

But there’s also room for a drink and a danc...rave.

Every Thursday, I meet with my closest friends for two hours to talk while we drink a dram of whisky and a beer...or two. We all have an interest in Scottish whisky and all my favourites are from Islay. So if we ever meet and you feel like buying me a drink, you now know what will make me happy 😉

Another thing that makes me happy, and which is not very whisky related, is going to festivals. Once a year, I join a group of friends and travel to the Netherlands for one of their festivals for harder styles. I have been at more than 10 events/festivals but in the past couple of years we have preferred outdoor festivals as they end at 23 o’clock – some of us are getting old 😊 Qontinent 2017


And who knows - maybe I’ll meet some of you fellow Umbracians at one of these festivals? 😉

Or maybe I’ll meet you at one of the many Umbraco festivals 😉 I’ll definitely, see you at Codegarden 2019!



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