Marcin Zajkowski is not only the organiser of UFD's sister event, the Umbraco Poland Festival, but also a Certified Master and Umbraco Trainer at The Cogworks.
Who are you and what do you have to do with Umbraco?
My name is Marcin Zajkowski. I live in Pruszków, Poland and I work remotely with the leading Umbraco Gold Partner, The Cogworks, the offices of which are located in London and Cracow. My journey with Umbraco started while I was an intern at Microsoft Poland (~2008–2009) and has been continuing ever since then – in more or less intensive ways (definitely more intensive lately :)).
In the matter of Umbraco: Besides my usual role of being a Senior Umbraco Developer and Umbraco Trainer, I am also leading the Umbraco Poland Meetup group, organising the PL festival and running a YouTube channel together with my colleague Callum Whyte called #umbraCoffee – a weekly series on Umbraco news. Always trying to help other people and spread the Umbraco love across the world of developers and business people!
How often did you attend Umbraco Festival Germany (formerly known as umbOktoberfest)?
It’s going to be my first time! I was planning to visit the German festival for a long time, as it’s the closest one to Poland. I really love the format and combination of it with Oktoberfest at umbOktoberfest. There was always “something” stopping me from going, though. Now – I don’t have a choice ;)
What are your special fields of expertise/interest when it comes to Umbraco?
I think it’s backend and packages development. This is what I’m feeling the most comfortable with.
What topic will your talk be about?
I let my team decide and we’ve picked the talk "Scalable high-traffic solutions with Umbraco and Azure". It’ll be something new which I didn’t present yet, so hopefully it’ll be very useful for everyone attending.
What are three words that come to mind when you think of Umbraco?
Friends, CodeGarden, Openness.
What is the most special thing about Umbraco community events like UFD?
The spirit and magic of unexpected things – without a doubt. Umbraco events are totally different than at any other IT conference. It’s not a coincidence Umbraco events are usually called “festival” rather than “conference”. The joy, energy and openness of people attending events like these across the globe is just flying and infects other people – which is the most positive side effect which anyone joining the event might experience. I’ve experienced so many turnarounds in my dev and business life just because of unexpected situations and events during festivals and it helped for so many other people, too.