It's 2:30pm and the event helpers started to arrive between building 12 and container 40 to set up for the first meeting of all the trainers and trainees. Martina Fischmann, head of the training department, welcomed everyone, briefed them about their respective jobs and gave an overview of what would take place throughout the afternoon and evening. Then, everyone took their seats and the event could begin. Would everything go according to plan?! Or had we forgotten something?!
When I saw an email in my inbox with the subject 'Lunch Bingo' I asked myself what on earth a lunch bingo could be. I opened the email with great interest and actually found the idea fantastic!
Lunch Bingo is a unique way to get to know and network with colleagues from other departments. And, as the name suggests, the whole thing takes place over lunch. The Lunch Bingo colleague I was assigned to is from the Knowledge Management department. The exciting part is that you have no idea ahead of time who you will be eating lunch with. 🙂
Integration at the lunch
Then came the day of the big lunch together. I was a little nervous as I made my way to the cafeteria… what would we talk about?.. hopefully he's talkative and we won't just sit there like two frozen fish, stiff as broccoli over lunch 😉
Once in the cafeteria, I was met with a very pleasant welcome and all my fears dissolved. It was a very nice and conversation-rich lunch and we worked our way through a range of topics. Time just flew by.
The next Lunch Bingo event takes place in 2 months and I'm already excited about it 🙂
Huge burgers, huge cars and American flags everywhere… that's how people imagine America. I got to spend 10 weeks in 'The Land of Opportunity' together with two of my trainee colleagues, Tobi and Roukn.
Frank Dischner, a California native, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of Colorado and afterwards came to SMA. He sat down to tell me what brought him here and what he has experienced here so far.
What does the safe and clean energy supply of the future look like? How are we going to consume energy and how much is it going to cost? One thing is certain: Photovoltaics is set to be an elementary building block for the future of energy supply.
I was one of the 14 from the field of foreign and wholesale trade to be selected to take part in this year’s 10-week internship abroad program. My destination this year was SMA UK.
The SMA office is located in Milton Keynes, which is a fairly industrial town about 100km north of London. It’s quite easy to reach, though, since it’s situated right in the center of England.
The SMA office in Bangkok was established in August, 2011. At that time, there were four service engineers and an MD to support the existing customers in Thailand. The pioneering woman behind this was bangkok-born Saowanee Iamarunkitjakarn, but most people know her as Ju or Judie.
The e-miglia got underway on August 13 in Munich, traveling over Mt. Grossglockner to Bozen through the Engadin valley and onto St. Moritz. This year, two teams from energiebau, the photovoltaics wholesaler based in Cologne, were once again among the 20 cars in the driver field. In addition to the two-time e-miglia winner Tim Ruhoff and his co-pilot this year Anna Baumeister, a newcomer team consisting of co-pilot Sabine Kress (Öko-Haus) and pilot Christian Minor (NaturEnergieLaden) started in a second Tesla vehicle. This time, the teams faced stronger international competition – among others, Alessandro De Guglielmo from Switzerland who entered the race in the Lampo3 futuristic E-sports car.