Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty

Henry Ford

My name is Marco Arena. I am an Italian Computer Engineer and a community lead. I work in the Formula 1 Industry.

I was born in Rome in 1987 and I lived there until 2011 when I moved to Maranello and joined Scuderia Ferrari as a Software Engineer and C++ Specialist.

I am eager for sharing and learning from others: in 2013 I shaped ++it, the Italian C++ Community, in 2016 Coding Gym, and I have received Microsoft MVP award 4 times (2016-2019).


My vision on software development resembles a quote by Bruce Lee: “The best programmer is someone who can adapt on any style“. Indeed, I love experimenting with new languages and technologies, even if my heart belongs to C++! 

Marco Arena “In Action”, or Portfolio

If you like getting more information about my activities, here is my portfolio.

 Growing Up

I really like telling stories.

In 2011 I signed up for WordPress and I created this blog. I had graduated just a few months earlier and I was felling I was growing up. Hence I named this blog Growing Up, deciding to tell my “stories of growth”: technical experiences and professional anecdotes on personal development – the latter, alas, not as much as I would like.

Get in touch

Let me know what you think of the contents of my blog. Feedback is precious for me!

  • Feel free to reach me out at marco [at] italiancpp [dot] org
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  1. WTF! We’ve the same theme…

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