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What do we do?
We are currently focused on services related to the open-source Orchard Core content management framework. We create web applications with it and provide advisory related to it as well as we teach others how to deal with it. Orchard runs on Microsoft's web infrastructure and is actively developed by a community - including us.
Why do we do what we do? The Lombiq manifesto.
We believe in open-source. We embrace the idea of open-source, open knowledge, free thinking, cooperation and honest contribution towards common goals.
We support the development community. We believe that development is and must be community-driven.
We solve problems. We don’t just develop software and technological solutions — these are only tools — we aim to efficiently deliver creative and effective answers to real-life issues.
We love technology. Passion drives us forward to constantly enhance our skills and explore new areas of knowledge. This is how we can remain innovative.
We give back. Being selfish hurts everyone. We support our communities and give back to our environment.
Who are we?
Lombiq Technologies was founded in 2013 by Benedek Farkas and Zoltán Lehóczky. We’re an IT company based in Budapest, Hungary that provides products, services and custom training to the development community. We love technology in general, but we mostly work with the Orchard Core platform, a content management system that runs on the Microsoft web stack. We’re also the people behind the first (and only) Orchard CMS SaaS - DotNest.
Zoltán and Benedek first met on the university where they learned Computer Science. Besides learning together on the uni they also took part on programming competitions - lastly winning the 24-hour programming contest of Óbuda University in 2012 with their third friend Tamás Szecskó. In the fall of 2011 we founded Orchard Hungary, the Hungarian Orchard community.
The name Lombiq comes from the Hungarian word "lombik" by the way: it means lab flask. We thought it's an adequate metaphor for what we do: distilling (IT) solutions.
All in all - this is Lombiq:
The Lombiq Team
We're constantly seeking like-minded individuals to join our expanding team of developers and non-developers. You can read our short biographies below (in the chronolocical order of joining the team); note that we didn't have professional photoshoots during the pandemic for new team members :).
This is most, but not all of our team as of the summer of 2022:
Loving technology ever since Zoltán learned Computer Science and Engineering at Óbuda University in Budapest, Hungary. Web application development is his key skill, having been involved with PHP then ASP.NET MVC for years. He embraces open source and lives it through Orchard: he's also one of the core developers of Orchard itself, having done numerous contributions and having opened more than 300 tickets in the Orchard issue tracker.
Zoltán also worked on dozens of open source Orchard modules which you can see under his GitHub profile (he goes by the name Piedone on GitHub). He had the privilege to present on the first Orchard conference about Orchard SEO and on the second one about localization.
His interest in artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and machine learning lead him to the development of the Associativy graph platform: an Orchard graph platform that you can use to build graphs of content for discovering associations between them. The Orchard Dojo Graph runs on Associativy too.
Before co-founding Lombiq Zoltán worked as an Orchard consultant at Onestop Internet, being part of the team developing the company's Orchard-based e-commerce platform.
For Zoltán's whole professional profile please see his LinkedIn profile.
Besides doing management tasks Zoltán mostly works on our own sites, services and research projects.
Benedek shows interest in IT since the year of 6, when he joined an after-school computer class during the first year of elementary school. His interest got more serious (and then became a passion) during secondary school and he decided to join two paid courses related to web-development and programming.
After that he started studying Computer Science and met new friends, Zoltán among them. Forming a good team, they participated in several programming contests with success and later they founded the Orchard Hungary Community and started to work with Orchard and in its community.
Benedek considers the first Orchard conference (Orchard Harvest 2012 in Los Angeles) one of the great events of his life, where he got the chance to be one of the presenters (see the video). But most importantly, the founding of Lombiq is a big opportunity and motivation for him.
When not fiddling around with Orchard (for which he also is a core developer of), he likes to go cycling, reading fantasy books, watching movies and reading interesting articles about science and IT.
Along with working on daily management tasks, Benedek manages and takes part in the development of Orchard projects for our customers.
Programming appeared as a hobby for Márk at the age of 12. He had already devoted his time for coding since secondary school, where he attended various IT courses and competitions. He had his first taste of .NET development at Óbuda University in Budapest. He got his first jobs in the field of industrial automation during his third semester.
Since then, he has taken part in several .NET based projects in WPF and WinForms. He also gained a considerable amount of experience with the development of business applications using DevExpress XAF. Eventually he met Zoltán, who got him into developing Orchard CMS. He saw great potential in it, which led him to become a proud member of the Lombiq team.
During his free time, Márk likes participating in floorball trainings in the dormitory of his university.
Márk is a rather server-side guy who mostly works on our Orchard projects writing clean C#.
Gábor showed interest in IT since elementary school where he first met computers. He started to learn the Turbo Pascal language at the age of 12, when he decided to be a software engineer. He installed his first CMS-based website at the age of 15, which was an earlier Joomla version. In highschool he attended various IT courses and competitions, where he started to learn the Visual Basic programming language. Just for fun, he decided to make a Hungarian dub for the famous Doom 3 and Doom 3 Resurrection of Evil PC games.
In 2009, he became a Computer Science and Engineering student at Óbuda University in Budapest, where he learned about C#.
He met Orchard for the first time at an online course by György Balássy where he learned the basics of Webmatrix and Orchard.
He had a summer internship at Microsoft Magyarország Kft. in 2012, where he learned creating Windows 8 modern applications. He has references at Windows Store and also created Windows Phone 8 based applications as well.
He started to write his thesis in 2013, where he learned the basics of Microsoft Azure and multiplatform environment development.
In the summer of 2014 he got an e-mail from Zoltán about an opportunity in the recently founded Lombiq. He really liked the concept and accepted the opportunity to join the team.
When Milán was younger, he was absolutely fascinated by computers & games and later he came to learn more about hardware and how computers work. This confirmed his belief that he found his profession.
He finished High School in a special class for students who are interested in computer programming where he had chances to learn Pascal programming language and web development. In 2009, he became an Information Technology Engineering student at Óbuda University in Budapest.
At the university, he learnt about the C# language, OOP and got experience in different areas of information technology like ethical hacking and mobile application development. At his first workplace he worked in the field of finance using SQL for business logic and WinForms with C#.
His specialization at the university was image processing and robotics. He learned a lot about the controlling of robots and various image processing algorithms. During his free time, he goes to the gym or running in the beautiful city of Budapest.
Owing more decades of experience in various fields and levels of economy István might serve Lombiq as a day-to-day contributor to solving tensions among people and generations. He had made it as a rule that in any of the industries the best results originate from permanently facing the facts, tasks and quick reactions to appearing failures. Critics are not enemies, and you are attacked much less times than you think.
He graduated as Master of Sciences in Civil Engineering at the Technical University and Engineer/Economist in Foreign Trade at the University of Economics in Budapest. He was later active as sales-engineer of Hungarian construction companies and representative of one of them in Germany. The nineties brought important changes also to Istvan’s carrier: he had become a banker in Austrian and German banks’ branches in Budapest, later managing director of Israeli real-estate development and a Russian-Hungarian trading companies.
All these responsibilities have added to his professional knowledge that is held at Lombiq’s disposal now.
Privately Istvan likes reading novels not only in Hungarian, but also in German and English, is interested in history and politics, likes swimming and skiing.
At the university he specialized in embedded and mobile systems but also took up a variety of topics including the Orchard course taught by Zoltán and Benedek. He is working on his thesis in surgical robotics.
In his free time Dávid likes to watch movies, walk about while listening to audiobooks, play airsoft, paint miniatures for wargaming, and all manner of tinkering (like making video game mods, hardware mods, Arduino and 3D printing projects).
Programming – a mere idea at first, growing into a keen interest, quickly becoming a passion. A natural chain of events among software developers, and it was no different in Gábor's case either.
Computers have always been vital in Gábor's life. A zealous gamer since the age of 6, his continuous enthusiasm for video games evolved into regular participation in competitive gaming events.
Gaming remained Gábor's primary interest for the years to come as he was not fascinated by his formal education. Disinterested in his English Studies BSc, Gábor started considering other potential directions he could take. He drew inspiration from fellow Lombiq developer Márk and decided to try his hand at programming.
A love at first line, he first greeted the world in Python, taking the initial steps on a better path. This was also when he ended his brief professional gaming career, deciding to focus on advancing his software development knowledge.
After a few months of learning from online resources, Gábor started looking for junior software developer positions. This endeavor led him to Lombiq, where he was granted the chance to learn about Orchard and start gaining work experience.
In his free time, Gábor maintains his love of video games, enjoys listening to metal and synth music, and likes watching fantasy/sci-fi movies/shows. He is also an avid cyclist and gym-goer.
Krisztián always knew he will be working within the IT sector. Ever since he can remember he was interested in computers.
He studied in an IT-related middle school where he learned the basics of computers, analog and digital electronic circuits, soldering, web development, and acquired some Photoshop skills. In the last year of middle school, he was on a month-long internship program in Spain, Mallorca, where he worked in a computer shop and service which serves almost the whole island.
After he finished middle school he stayed there for one more year to get a degree as a network installer and operator. Then he became a student of Óbuda University where he studied Information Technology Engineering.
His studies were mostly about C#, Java, and SQL, but got experience in many other areas, like mobile app development in Kotlin. His specialization was IoT, embedded systems, and robotics where he mostly learned the basics of robot kinematics and dynamics, and Arduino programming.
His BSc thesis was about Convolutional Neural Network Based Traffic Sign Object Detection, which was his topic also for the university-based TDK conference where he finished in 2nd place with his project partner.
He was part of ESL, the largest esports company, where he organized esport tournaments for the Hungarian, Balkan, and Southeast European scenes. Thus his free time was mostly about esports, organizing, and playing. Nowadays his free time is mostly about spending time with his girlfriend, watching movies and series, and playing games.
Ádám has been interested in the world of IT ever since he got his first computer when he was young. From that moment, playing video games became one of his favorite free-time activities. While playing video games he quickly became curious about how things work behind the scenes, which lead to the decision later in high school, where he decided to finally resolve the mysteries and apply to University.
While video games and web development are his main interests he stays open-minded and tirelessly studies all kinds of technologies related to the world of IT.
In his free time, Ádám enjoys listening to music, mainly in the rock and metal genres. He likes playing the guitar, spending time with friends, and watching movies.
Szabolcs was interested in playing computer games since a young age. Thus began his love of IT. He tried things related to computers like video cutting and editing images in Photoshop but these remained as a hobby for him.
Currently, he is studying Computer Science there, and he is getting closer and closer to graduate. In his free time, he watches movies, plays video games, and likes to work out.
Bálint was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary.
Since a young age, he has always liked to spend his time using the computer. He had a pretty wide gamut of interests already during high school. For example, although he was taking Advanced Level High School Certificate in History, after a lot of hesitation he decided that he would like to study computer science at the university, and he never regretted it.
During the university, sometimes he was assigned some development tasks, mainly web development which he liked a lot and since that he likes web development. He would like to be a rockstar when he grows up, but his related knowledge is very poor yet.
He tried some sports, mostly he likes ball games. Longest he was playing handball, where he was champion as well with his team (NB2 junior). He likes listening to music, chilling with his friends, going to concerts. In his free time, he also likes playing on the computer. His toothbrush is white and blue.
Viktória lived her whole life in the countryside, so university and work brought her new challenges in Budapest. Since the beginning of high school, she has always tried to direct increased attention to language learning. She continued to do so during all her university studies, including studies abroad, so it was equally important to her at work. She knew from high school that she wanted to get a job in economics, but she was always in trouble choosing a specialization. As a business developer, she is allowed not to have to focus on one direction, but on a variety of tasks, her work is diverse and varied.
Before joining Lombiq, she worked as an IT Research trainee, so various IT terms did not cause her problems.
As a Business Developer, she primarily performs marketing, sales, organizational and communication tasks.
She enjoys spending her free time traveling, gathering friends, and reading, among other things, she is very concerned about the environment and healthy eating.
Roland was always interested in computers, games, and mathematics. When he was young, he spent most of his time playing video games, and during that period he developed valuable knowledge about computers.
After leaving middle school he spent several years teaching mathematics to students from primary school up to the university level. Despite his interests, he wrote his first-ever line of code in 2018 when he entered Óbuda University and started learning C#.
Roland is a passionate angler, and he spends most of his free time at lakes trying to catch bigger and bigger fish, sometimes spending days at the shore. Every fish he catches earns its freedom back after a quick photo is taken.
Being an animal lover, he owns 10 guinea pigs a dog, and 4 mice.
Zoltán has been interested in playing computer games since an early age, and this brought him to the world of IT. In primary school, he got a chance to participate in a competition using the Imagine Logo programming language, in which he gained insight into the ground basics of programming, and he immediately knew this has to be a part of his future.
He chose IT as an elective in high school and he continued his studies at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, where he took a course in server-side web programming and thus began his love for web development. In this course, he learned to use PHP and the Laravel framework, which has inspired him to use these in his thesis and implement a webshop.
Currently, he is finishing his studies at university. He likes to live a healthy lifestyle, work out, have a balanced diet, play video games with his friends, and tinker with his friend's car in his free time.
Khouloud Ben Lafi
Khouloud lived her whole life in Tunisia, a touristic country in North Africa. She's been always eager to travel, learn new experiences and visit new places, so she took part in Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship program and came to Debrecen, Hungary to study Business Informatics.
Her passion for the business and technology field started after high school. She started searching and learning some of all, programming, economics, finance, data analytics. She worked as an intern in a bank development team but wanted a job with more varied tasks. That's why she found herself more passionate about the work and tasks as a business developer. She mainly performs marketing, sales, and communication tasks that require IT knowledge.
Khouloud used to be a karate practitioner, she used to play violin too back in her country. She spends most of her free time traveling, hanging out with friends, and painting. She's been doing part-time volunteering projects with many organizations like Red Cross and AIESEC, which keeps her always concerned about social problems and human rights. You can reach out to Khouloud on LinkedIn.