The Orchard team is a small group of developers who are passionate about delivering open source solutions on .NET technology.
Bertrand Le Roy | Chief Scientist Developer
Bertrand started his professional developer career in 1982 when he published his first video game. He then spent a few years studying math and physics, got a Ph.D. and then went back to software development. He released in 2002 what was probably the first CMS to run on ASP.NET. A year later, he was hired by Microsoft’s ASP.NET team and moved to the US. He has worked on ASP.NET versions 2.0 to 4.0, ASP.NET Ajax, contributed to making jQuery an official part of the .NET developer’s tool chest and represented Microsoft in the OpenAjax Alliance’s steering committee. He is now the Director of Creativity and founder of [nwazet. In his spare time, he’s a gamer, a pretty good skier, a very mediocre golfer and he wonders who really reads bios.
Sebastien Ros | Lead Developer, Benevolent Dictator
Sipke Schoorstra | Awesome Developer
I grew up in Bergen, Noord-Holland with my 8 bit NES and later my self-earned 16 bit SNES by being a paperboy. Inspired by games like Mario, Zelda, Mystic Quest & Secret Of Mana, I knew that I wanted to create games myself and started drawing heroes, dragons, elves and trees (I should mention girls as well). But I wanted more, so at some point I sold my game consoles and bought a PC with Klik & Play and Macromedia Director and learned to script, which provided me with a great preparation for the multimedia study I started the year after. During this period I moved on to C++ and DirectX which gave me the confidence that I could actually become a programmer. At some point a company invited me to work for them and that’s how I got into the Internet of things. Since then, I’ve worked for a variety of companies building a vast range of .NET applications, including for the web, desktop, servers, and embedded systems. In 2003 I started as a freelancer and developed a new CMS along the way to serve my clients. During that time I found out how hard it is to maintain and evolve a CMS all by yourself, so at some point I started looking for an open source CMS. Being in love with MVC, I was content when I found out about Oxite, but mesmerized when I found out about Orchard.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, blogging, jogging, working on personal projects and dreaming about my next killer RPG.
Piotr Szmyd | Complexity Developer
Piotr started his programming adventure as a kid somewhere in the 90’s. Although being in love with computers, he went to study medicine on Warsaw Medical University. He also started pursuing his BSc degree in CS on Warsaw University in parallel, so not to lose touch with programming. Since then, he’s been using .NET as his platform of choice working on web-based projects for different companies. In 2010 he came across a barely known project called Orchard… And he’s been utilizing it in every day work since then. In his spare time, besides doing OSS work, Piotr enjoys travelling, photography, playing the guitar and cooking experiments.
Ylan Kunstler | Humanizer, Community Manager
Ylan is the founder and producer of the Orchard Harvest conferences. He is a major Orchard framework advocate and currently serves as an Orchard Community Board member. His current mission is to bring together Orchard enthusiasts and to foster community building around the globe as well as play a major role in developing the Orchard product roadmap.
In addition to his involvement with Orchard, Ylan currently leads the new product platform development team at Onestop - a full-service technology company that provides e-commerce, multichannel, and interactive marketing solutions for its Client partners.
As an active member of the tech community, Ylan is always looking to leverage his network to assist other Start Up entrepreneurs and technologists who simply dare to try!
Nick started programming as a kid on a BBC Basic computer from the age of 6 and grew up on DOS when his dad brought home a 286. He then went to university some years later to study Software Engineering, and in 2005 he started his professional career. His open source interest actually started when he came across a code dump on Codeplex in December 2009 from a little known project called Orchard. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, playing football and watching way too many movies.