Team Building 2018
Last Thursday we arrived in the beautiful city of Prague, where we planned this year’s team building. After the long road trip for almost the entire team – I had a short 2 hours flight from Sofia 🙂 – we were happy to have our accommodation in a huge but cozy hotel. We liked that, even if we had the metro station only 5 mins away, the place was surrounded by a forest, making it very popular for guests that enjoyed running or bike rides on special nature trails. As it was already late, we had dinner at the hotel restaurant and afterwards relaxed in the beer garden.
The next day, we all went to the mDevCamp conference, a top-notch event for mobile app developers. mDevCamp is the largest conference in Central Europe for mobile enthusiasts. We were happy to see that some of our favourite products’ representants were be there to speak about the latest trends in mobile. In the evening and the following day we enjoyed sightseeing, admired the main attractions in Prague and tasted some delicious local recipes and beers.
mDevCamp was really cool, there were a lot of talks on three different tracks, but we split, each of us chose to attend his own set of talks and then we exchanged opinions. The talks covered trendy topics like AI, AR, VR, IoT and gaming in mobile, we could always find something interesting. We wrote a full blog post about the talks and our impressions, you can read it here.
The conference took place in a nice location with spacious event rooms and cool lighting. We liked the mDevCamp app for the conference, it was slick and useful. A big plus for the organizers for the coin exchange system they created to encourage networking. Also for how they managed the audience’s questions and feedback.
After the conference, we walked a bit around the city centre and found a nice place for dinner.
Sightseeing in Prague
On Saturday we went sightseeing. We took the metro in the morning from our hotel all the way to the Prague Castle. We arrived a bit before the changing of the guards so we could watch the ceremony. There is a beautiful square with amazing panorama over Prague’s red rooftops and many beautiful buildings. We sat down for a coffee and enjoyed the view for a while.
We continued our way down to the Old Town, through the Charles Bridge, the main attraction of the city. This is the top attraction in Prague and the main connection from the Upper Town to the Lower Town. From the bridge, we could see the Castle on the hill and the surrounding views, all very beautiful.
We continued to walk around the Old Town’s small streets. The weather was sunny so we could really enjoy the atmosphere. We stopped for lunch at a nice restaurant in the Old Town.
After lunch, some of us visited the Apple Museum. It was a glimpse into the history of Apple, lots of products from the early days to latest years, most of them donated from private collections, including some personal belongings of Steve Jobs such as his watch, his motorbike and clothes. Their earnings are donated to charity and NGOs around the world.
We also visited the Prague Beer Museum, a place with a selection of 30 regional craft beers and tasted a few local ones. After the beer museum, we went around the city for a bit. We found a concert in the Old Town Square and we stayed for a while before we headed back to the hotel.
While in Prague we tested modern, traditional and fancy dishes alike. We started with some yummy burgers at Cervnove Burgery in the city centre. The burgers were huge and tasty, went perfectly with a glass of beer.
A remarkable meal was at the Ungelt restaurant, a fancy place right in the Old Town of Prague. The menu consisted of a creamy zucchini soup, followed by a flank steak with mashed potatoes & peas and a yummy sorbet for dessert.
We also went to a restaurant near our hotel, Koliba, where we tasted traditional Czech meals. Traditional Czech meals include a lot of meat, dumplings and sauces. The most remarkable were the Goulash with dumplings, the potato spaetzle with pierogies & bacon but also the pickled cheese with paprika.
We enjoyed our time in Prague. The city is beautiful, plus we had great weather during our team building. Prague is very crowded but the crowds don’t take away the city’s beauty. The small cobblestone streets, hidden courtyards and beautiful buildings make it a top destination in Europe.
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