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Two new employees joined Soluto during the past week: a developer and a product manager. We’re used to onboarding several new employees in a single week, but now things are different — we’re in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, so not only are we adjusting to working remotely, now we have another first — remote onboarding.

WIIFM? (what’s in it for me)

  • For a new employee — if you’re about to start working remotely in a new place, we think you’ll find the following information very helpful.


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How a hi-tech company with 110 employees switched to working remotely

Last week it became clear that the way things are going, our entire company may have to work from home soon, and who knows for how long. Our company, Soluto, the Tel Aviv division of American Asurion, has 110 employees. We couldn’t just send everyone home at the end of the week with so much uncertainty; we knew we had to prepare in advance for any possible scenario. And it’s a good thing we thought ahead, because sure enough, this workweek began with some extensive new COVID-19 regulations that required us to switch to remote operations.

In this post we’ll describe the steps we took, how we planned ahead (in the nick of time) and what we learned over the past few days — we hope it helps other companies facing the same dilemmas during these constantly-changing times. …


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Hackathon logistics

After you’ve read our first 2 blog posts about building the team and making your hackathon memorable, it’s time to dive into logistics — the real deal.

Gantt — organize

Let’s start off with one of our top-secret tools, it’s simple and super useful — A GANTT CHART.

You can take a look at our Gantt template to get a better idea of things:


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The hackathon team

In this series of six blog posts, you’ll get a handy guide on how to organize a 24h hackathon for ~100 participants.

We’re Elay Gliksberg, a software developer, and Shir Peri, developer relations, and we recently organized our company’s (Soluto) hackathon together with two other colleagues.

Our hackathon had about 100 participants and we had fun organizing it. We collected a lot of knowledge and we noticed that company hackathons are gaining popularity, so we decided to share our formula for organizing awesome hackathons in a series of six blog posts.

About

Shir Peri Lichtig

Developer Relations at Soluto (Asurion)

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