April 27, 2017 was my first day at FreshWorks. My excitement to work for a technology company was undeniable. My love for new apps and gadgets is immeasurable. In my quest for new knowledge and understanding, they play a huge role. My fascination is not just limited to playing with the new gadgets and mobile apps, but also to tearing down and putting back different devices.
It was this excitement that drove me to work at FreshWorks Studio for the summer. As I told my friends about my decision, there was a unanimous approval that I found my calling. During the interviews, there was a common theme that everyone had to take ownership of their work. There is a lot of autonomy, but you are expected to make decisions with good conscience and integrity. I am told that my summer experience will be a learning and development adventure. Playing with different gadgets and new apps is just an added bonus.
On Friday, April 29, 2016, was the official launch party of FreshWorks Studio. We are a cross-platform mobile app development company right here in Victoria, BC. For FreshWorks, It was a great opportunity to recognize individuals who helped FreshWorks to where it is today. For me, it was a chance to connect with the existing and the future clients, in addition to the industry partners.
James DeGreef was the master of ceremony for the night. I still vividly remember James’s favourite expressions “zzingg and aaawwwweeesssome” with distinct hand gestures. The USP for the event was a Beer Pong championship with 6 different tables going all night. The prizes ranged from $2500 to $1000 worth of app development for the top three teams. Everyone at the event got split up into the teams of two. Teams were knocked out of the tournament when they lost two games. There were many Intense/ultra-competitive games. The drunk shenanigans ranged from the cake to the face, bribes to the referees, jumping and pushing people out of the way to snatch Beer Pong balls away from their competition. We also had some hybrid games where beer was switched with water so everyone could partake in the madness. I thought that the evening lived up to the hype, but the jury is still out!!
Emil ludick and his partner were the champions of the night. They barely edged out our own intern Aidan Laing and Don Wharton. Aidan is excited to work on his android app for the next couple of weeks while his liver gets a well-deserved break. Congratulations to the winners. James and a few others were left licking their chops and are already planning a rematch. Stay tuned!!
As the dust settled, it was one of my favorite nights of the year so far. Company sponsored beer Pong tournament on the third day exemplifies that we at FreshWorks are all about working hard and playing even harder.
Thank you to everyone that came out and made this such a successful event!