You might have seen some pictures floating around Facebook. But do you know what it was really all about?
|The event as seen on Facebook. #ULSPIE|
Just a little while back – from the 26th to 28th of February –, a handful of UL SPIE chapter members set out to visit our colleagues in Poland – SPIE and OSA student chapters from Wrocław University of Technology – to exchange ideas, experiences and strengthen partnership between the chapters.
|Sightseeing in Wrocław.|
|Girls and fiber lasers.|
Saturday began with a small breakfast and then we were all ready for the soft-skill training workshops. Within hours of arriving we had already walked on a rope, found out what are our strengths and weaknesses in a team, what our perfect city would look like and who can build the best spaghetti tower. Needless to say that the group of people who glued their spaghetti to the wall did have the highest structure, even though not self-supported. Sort of makes you wish that people could build huge towers gluing scraps of metal and concrete to the sky.
After a very insightful day meeting and getting to know everyone (and ourselves as well), we went out for a friendly game of Laser Tag. If you have worked with lasers as well as ever played any first-person-shooter game, you know the thrill and excitement of getting to blast someone’s light-sensitive chest-piece with a huge laser-beam also known as the anti-tank gun. The guys relived their childhood fighting in the backyard, the girls were thrilled to hold guns. All in all everyone had a blast (pun intended). The evening ended with another great mixer between our delegation and the Polish chapter members.
Unfortunately, one of our little families (the 5 person car-set package) had to be leaving Sunday morning. And so it happened – half of our delegation set out for another thrilling 13 hour ride of endless gas-station stops whilst the other half went on to self-improve further in “How to make real work in the project?” workshop.
Dealing with the aftermath of these amazing social event is never easy (maybe you have heard of the term “Social-hangover”), but now, looking back at it all, our team has become stronger and better organized, we've established new connections and really hope to welcome our Polish colleagues to Latvia sometime soon.
*latv. – Party, don’t sleep