Ever wish to be an inventor? If you’re at XING, you can!
At XING, we want to give employees the freedom to develop ideas without any limitations and explore new territories and technologies. That’s why we established a quarterly Hackweek where developers, product managers and UX lay down their daily work for five days in order to put their skills up for creative projects.
Hackweek at XING takes places across departments and locations – everybody of the tech teams can develop an idea and coordinate with others that might want to join the project.
Some of the results of former Hackweeks are related to existing products, others are only used internally and some are just thought to tinker with. Previous
Software Engineering in Hamburg
I’ll do this introduction the hackneyed way: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” (That said I’m already almost done with my article. That was easy!) – So what was my last hackweek about? I’ve learned to do sketchnotes. Which is in the first place a way to memorize talks and meetings better, by less writing and more drawing your notes.
If you’ve ever been to any conference, you know what usually happens: there are many interesting talks and you try to listen and you write your notes and one week later you can’t remember what those interesting talks were all about and you cannot read your notes anymore (too boring, bad handwriting etc.). – Do you recognize that? The
It was a great first day of the third HackWeek with new project ideas and lots of information about coffee. After everybody has ended breakfast, “real” work could start. Some of the colleagues could also work as artists if they like to change their profession some time: they created great creative posters for the Project Fair by drawing their idea with pen and paper. Many innovators could convince others to join their projects. After a healthy lunch with a variety of six different soups, Open Space offered the possibility to learn something about new topics. As learning and thinking drained the energy, an extra dose of caffeine was needed: Time for the tasty coffee workshop. Two guys from
Food and drinks are ordered and further preparations of the third hackweek just entered the „hot phase“. We are really looking forward to Monday when hackweek officially starts. There are already some exciting project ideas registered on https://innovation.xing.hh/projects. If you have some further ideas, you can add them and recruit some colleagues to join them. Or you can just pick your favourite project you’d like to participate in and get in touch with the other team members in advance.
The Project Fair is the first step for you as a “project innovator”. Here you can not only recruit people but also gather some feedback that helps you understand better what you plan to do. It has been tradition at XING for a long time and we are keeping it at HackWeek!
Three easy steps to present your project at Project Fair:
1) Create a poster with your project
2) Show your idea to other colleagues (and recruit them if possible) to gather some feedback
3) Have fun!
You don’t have to be a developer to get the freedom to develop ideas besides your daily work. Once a year all employees are invited to join Prototyping Days and work in project teams on an overarching topic. Similar to HackWeek it is also a great opportunity to think outside the box and work together with colleagues from different departments and locations. The „reward“ for some days of great collaboration is the big XING summer party with food, drinks and music.
Have a look at the video from last year’s Prototyping Days that shows some impressions.
Participating in the hackweek is not restricted to coding only – everyone can realize his ideas of improving workflows or just build amazing tools to make the work life more easy.
To support the engineers during their daily work and especially for the hackweeks XING offers some nice toys to play with – and if you need something new or special you can place your order and XING takes care of it.
A short overview of the XING techpark:
Ultimaker 2 3D-Printer
The Ultimaker 3D-Printer enables you to think up and create real things and bring them to life.
The Ultimaker 3D-Printer has a maximum printable area of 223x223x203 mm