The XWiki Seminar: the 2022 edition

03 Oct 2022 5 min read

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The HR Team

Time sure does fly! Long waited by everyone from the XWiki team, this year we finally had the traditional on-site edition of our company's annual event: The XWiki Seminar, now at its 14th edition! During this week-long team retreat, we caught up, met face-to-face with our new colleagues, and enjoyed plenty of activities together.

What did we do this year?

Besides the joy of seeing all together on-site after 2 years of virtual/hybrid Seminars, we had our first Seminar at the seaside and during Autumn! emoticon_grin We spent one week, from 19 to the 25th of September, at Mera Onix Hotel, in Romania at Cap Aurora. This year, 44 XWikiers attended the annual event, with 29 of us being on-site and the rest remote.

We organized team statuses, brainstormings, and various other sessions from 09:00 to 16:00, followed by free time for relaxation, talking, playing games, or walking together near the sea. We could not miss the hackathon day either, as it has become a tradition during our Seminar to work together cross-teams, to contribute to new features, and applications, or to come up with fresh ideas. 

The objectives for our event this year stood almost the same as the previous years:

  1. To give a global view of the company and each team/squad;
  2. Improve processes and innovate;
  3. Encourage direct interaction (on-site) with people we usually don't work with or we work with from afar;
  4. Have fun together and gain energy and renewed motivation for the following period!

The theme of this Seminar this year was SeaSide Adventures, therefore, we could not miss splitting the on-site team into smaller groups during the last day and participating in our SeaSide Challenges. We've, of course, partied until morning, and had karaoke sessions and Casino games.
The Bulgarian border was also close to our accommodation, and we thought: "Why not take full advantage of this?". And that is how on a Thursday we discovered the Castle of Queen Maria. What a beautiful view with the Sun smiling at us!

We can go on and on about how refreshing it was to meet each other and enjoy guitar-filled evenings and random discussions, but we'll let the photos speak on our behalf.

See you at the next Seminar?

We're already looking forward to our next Seminar, so if you want to be part of our team and enjoy the next event, have a look at our job positions! If you think you've found the right place for you inside our team, send us your CV and a brief introduction. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

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