Reporting from Northcon18
Welcome to the Northcon18 travel blog! Here you’ll get to step into our shoes and see what it’s like to attend Northmill’s legendary annual conference. The event, which has previously been held in Palma, Madrid and Prague, is organized to celebrate our achievements, look to the future and welcome our new, fantastic colleagues. Read along to find out just what it means to be a Northmillian!
Day 1: Arrivals
The first day started similarly for Northmill Sweden, Finland and Poland; by getting on a plane to head for the Spanish coastline.
Northmill Finland excited for their flight
A team of energized Swedish Northmillians on their way
The Polish IT team made sure to bring Mario Kart - the best on-the-go companion!
By 7pm local time, Northmill had landed in sunny Malaga!
Landing at Costa del Sol Airport outside of Malaga, Spain
The first evening began with a welcome mingle, so all teams could meet & greet over some light drinks and refreshments.
Product Specialist Nikola Markovic and Product Manager Joonas Haapoja
CFO Tobias Ritzén with Chairman Margareta Lindahl
Junior HR Generalist Beatrice Widlund and Office Assistant My Tynell
DevOps Engineer Strahinja Popovic
Customer Team Lead Erik Holting, Board Member Björn Hazelius, and Credit Controller Ninos Kurt
The evening came to a close by a toast from our CEO, Lars. More than to express his gratitude that so many had come, he introduced our newest recruits before we all raised our glasses.
Day 2: Northmill Sessions
The day that followed was filled from start to end with sessions from various leaders in the company. After a keynote by our CEO, Chairman Margareta went up on stage. She discussed culture, and how a well-communicating and accommodating organization can be more powerful than strategy and structure ever can.
Chairman Margareta Lindahl talks about the importance of culture
Next was Babel, Product Owner of Rebilla, our mobile financial hub. He talked about the vision for the coming year, divided into four parts: credits, insurances, payments, and savings. Together with software engineer Mateusz Boś we also got a live demo, which Babel thought was very important; “now it’s tangible for everyone, the app is ready and we’re almost good to go. I think the hype level internally is getting much higher as well. We want to see our customers succeed with their financials, no matter what products they have with us, so I think that excitement is going to carry over as soon as we show it to the world”.
Demoing the Rebilla app with software engineer Mateusz Boś
There were many more interesting sessions - founder stories from our CIO, further developments for our insurances with our Chief Customer Officer, and even a rap by CMO Arim Salci.
CMO Arim Salci taking on 2pac’s “Changes” with some Northmill-adapted lyrics
The sessions ended with the Northmill Craft Awards - 2 awards given to the individual and team that best represents Northmill’s cultural values. This time, the award went to Product Specialist Nikola Markovic, and the IT team.
Officially, the CRAFT:iest members of Northmill in 2018
Day 3: The Northmill Challenge
The last day had Northmill's biggest team building activity yet - hiking “El Caminito del Rey”! The 7-kilometer hike goes through gorges, valleys, and canyons about 100 meters over the river below.
View of The El Chorro Dam in El Caminito Del Rey
It was intense and extremely hot - far from the average September day in Sweden, Finland and Poland - but all who started pushed through. In true Craft fashion, we even had many Northmillians conquering their fear of heights on their way through.
And that’s a wrap! After a bit of R&R by the pool and some well-deserved food, all Northmillians flew home the next morning, energized for the coming year. Thank you to all involved and the beautiful city of Malaga!
To commemorate the occasion, we commisioned a Northmill wall for all teams to be photographed at. Here are (most) of the Northmillians at this year's Northcon!
(Part of) Northmill Finland
Sweden's Customer Center
(Part of) Northmill's board
Software Engineers Michał Górski and Daniel Okoń documenting their Craft Award!
Junior Product Specialist Niko Kuusi on filming duty!
CIO Hikmet Ego revealing the second edition of the Northmill Playbook, our internal handbook
View from the pool, where many Northmillians went for some R&R