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In 2020, because of the pandemic, Evrone didn’t get to carry its conventional New 12 months’s company celebration. For us, as a distributed group, these offline conferences are crucial. They permit us to personally meet colleagues who we usually solely see as avatars in Slack. So in 2021, we knew we needed to do one thing particular, and we did!

The primary Evrone Fest occurred in Moscow in mid-August of 2021. It was attended by our staff from greater than 50 cities and European international locations, together with Germany and Slovenia. Since our group grew considerably in 2020 and the primary half of 2021, many individuals noticed their colleagues in-person for the very first time.

How it began

In April, we let everybody know {that a} large-scale celebration was ready for them that summer season. First, to make it possible for nobody would plan a trip for the dates of the celebration. Second, as a result of common bulletins concerning the planning of an enormous occasion would solely pique curiosity.

The preliminary idea was radically totally different from what got here out ultimately. Initially, Evrone Fest was imagined to be a seashore celebration at a resort close to Moscow. We deliberate to hire a suburban advanced with a seashore, swimming swimming pools, spa, and all different potential leisure.

The celebration would begin with a buffet desk on the seashore and finish with a membership after-party at daybreak. We had been imagined to swim, sunbathe, socialize, eat scrumptious meals, drink our favourite drinks, and dance to nice music. The organizers generously shared their plans and movies from the placement within the firm chat. However all the pieces, as standard, didn’t go in response to plan.

It turned out that music was banned within the location as a result of the locals could be sad with the noise, the fireworks threatened the forest, and so they refused to grant the spa zone for undivided use. Positive, all of that appeared logical and comprehensible, however we wished a vacation!

The way it turned out

In June, a message appeared in our normal chat a few change of idea. We determined that, since Moscow by no means sleeps, it was the right place to rock till daybreak. However we wished to simply take pleasure in Moscow first, so we determined to spend the primary a part of the company celebration on a ship that will take us alongside the Moskow River for a number of hours and present us the principle sights of the capital.

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After all, this was not a boring tour. On the decrease deck, a banquet and souvenirs awaited everybody, and upstairs there have been two bars and a lounge space with DJs, a buffet desk, hookahs, and sofas. You can eat, drink, chat, and all the pieces else – simply appropriately at an excellent celebration. Afterwards, the Imperial Yacht Membership was ready for us, the place, along with the bars, hookahs, and a lounge on the pier, there was a on line casino, barbecue, and fireworks.

The way it labored

Transport

Evrone reimbursed all journey bills, together with taxis to the resort and again to the practice station or airport. Everybody might select the mode of transport that was handy for them and purchase tickets. The one situation was that they have to be refundable, since we weren’t certain that coronavirus restrictions would enable us to carry the occasion.

On the resort, buses had been ready to take everybody to the pier. However the Moscow authorities all of the sudden blocked the embankment, so we needed to take a detour and proceed to the pier on foot. But it surely turned out to be a good way for us to get to know one another.

Resort

The entire friends who didn’t reside in Moscow had been supposed to remain on the President Resort within the very middle of town, subsequent to our Moscow workplace. Most of them efficiently checked in. Nevertheless, among the earlier resort friends had been so imbued with its hospitality that they didn’t vacate their rooms on time. Due to this, a few of our guys needed to be urgently accommodated in neighboring motels.

Those that managed to examine into the President Resort invited those that had been much less lucky to take a bathe and alter of their rooms, so that everybody got here to the celebration contemporary and exquisite. That is the true Evrone Energy.

The resort apologized for the late check-in, and a few of us obtained a fruit basket and champagne in our rooms. And naturally, the Evrone paid all of the lodging bills.

Well being

We take the well being of our staff very severely – nobody wished the entire firm to return down with an an infection after the celebration. Subsequently, in an effort to attend the company celebration, it was crucial both to be vaccinated or to indicate a unfavorable PCR take a look at, on the expense of the corporate, no sooner than two days earlier than the occasion.

We specifically deliberate an outside celebration, in order that it could be, not solely cool and summer-like, but additionally secure for our group’s well being. All the inside areas of the ship and the yacht membership had been disinfected earlier than our arrival, and so they supplied a provide of masks and sanitizers.

Bills

All bills had been reimbursed by way of our inside system, Profession. All company journey bills may be entered there and reimbursed, together with wage. You may as well use it to trace your trip time, take sick go away, and discover out when the ten% annual wage indexation will happen. We not too long ago added a advantages part as properly, which gives cash staff can use to enhance their lives by way of voluntary medical insurance coverage, sports activities, inventive shops, and so forth. The quantity every worker receives depends upon their degree and expertise within the firm, and it additionally grows from yr to yr.

The way it all went

We began attending to know one another even earlier than the official begin of the celebration. All newcomers to Moscow went to cafes not removed from the resort to fulfill these whom they knew solely on-line.

The Ship

In true pirate custom, we adorned our ship with a flag, and our designers developed an identification particularly for Evrone Fest. Everybody acquired badges proper on the entrance to make it simpler to fulfill and communicate. Additionally they obtained merch: branded T-shirts and an influence financial institution.

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On the second ground of the ship there have been two bars, music, a photograph zone, hookahs, and comfy bean bag chairs and sofas. We additionally supplied a zone for introverts and people who discover it troublesome to instantly adapt to a crowd. For them, secluded corners had been organized on the ship.

In the course of the occasion, we had a photographer and video manufacturing group from LISPAKO on the ship. These guys tooks breathtaking panoramic pictures of our celebration towards the backdrop of lovely Moscow surroundings. Additionally they made a movie concerning the competition for us.

The Yacht Membership

After touring down the Moskow River for a few hours, we moored on the Bersenevskaya embankment and went to the yacht membership, proper subsequent to the monument of Peter the Nice. The membership itself is positioned in a constructing in-built 1868, through which the Romanov royal household stayed. There are three flooring in complete, and an attic and a basement with auxiliary rooms. Contained in the loft, there are preserved ceiling moldings and classic furnishings and decor.

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The primary motion occurred exterior, the place there have been tables, sofas, hookahs, a big bar, and a barbecue. Every thing was cooked on charcoal: burgers, steaks, fish, greens, and potatoes. And the steaks gained the Viewers Award that night.

However essentially the most fascinating factor was within the corridor on the second ground. There was an actual on line casino there with sellers, chips, and three tables for blackjack, roulette, and poker. Solely the cash was not actual. Every visitor acquired 500 in Evrone-money, which they may both safely lose or multiply and use to take part within the public sale on the finish of the night. Everybody confirmed how properly they work collectively and play collectively, and even the sellers famous the extent of battle administration in our group. Everybody who wished to take part within the public sale – and grow to be the proprietor of an electrical scooter, a robotic vacuum cleaner, or a Yandex station with Alice – instructed their colleagues what prize they wished and calmly took it. There have been sufficient items for everybody. 

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After all, what’s a vacation and not using a cake? And we had it too: pink and cream, with fireworks. To culminate the night, we watched the fireworks explode proper over the veranda of the yacht membership. Within the volleys of fireworks, even the controversial sculpture of Peter seemed majestic and chic. After 40 minutes, a second spherical of fireworks began, however they weren’t for us. They had been in honor of our neighbors from Pink October, however we determined to not deny ourselves the pleasure and loved the second spherical of fireworks too.

Morning

After breakfast on the resort, one final shock awaited us: lunch on the Howard Loves Craft bar, on Pink October, with a pay as you go deposit by the corporate. For many who had been nonetheless going – or recovering – from the earlier night, there have been a number of hundred totally different beers and associated drinks, however there have been additionally non-alcoholic choices for essentially the most acutely aware. And, after all, numerous meals. The candy potatoes and meat chips had been particularly in style.

Conclusion

We all know for certain that this was not the final Evrone Fest. The corporate is getting greater, our geography is getting wider, the complexity of duties can be rising. So we will certainly meet once more and maybe even maintain the fest in different cities the place now we have workplaces.

We actually need to flip Evrone Fest right into a cool and large-scale occasion for extra than simply our staff. Subsequently, the subsequent competition can be open to our buddies, companions, purchasers, and, after all, members of the family.



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