Train Delays and Tribulations

Train Delays and Tribulations

After weeks of wondering, the project is finally here and I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised: this was exactly what I wanted to do. So, short introduction: I am Astrid and I work on the I-Share (working title) and the general communications about #oSoc17. So if you see a post on social media, that’s probably me. If the post has a cheesy title, it’s definitely me.

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My second day was really busy! I started my second day of #oSoc17 with a train delay and a coffee. The first day left me tired but eager to work. I’m not a morning person so the train ride to Brussels is actually a godsend: I can kind of wake up on my own terms there. My first task of the day was reviewing the blogposts for Monday. I had until 11 so I had some time but I’m pretty meticulous so I corrected 1,5 blogposts by 11.  During that my teammates prepared some questions for a meeting with our clients. At 11 we had that meeting (with Sofie and Aline) and I wrote a report of what was said. I’m not going to disclose much about that but let’s say we’ve got a direction and some good ideas and I fully believe we will be able to make something worthwhile!

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After that we had to take the elevator up to the eight floor for an inspirational lunch talk by Johan Janssens. I have no programming background so I thought I wasn’t going to understand anything. Turned out, some values are universal! He talked about the importance of asking why you’re working on a project, spending your time in a meaningful way and ultimately about the strengths of open source initiatives: being open and transparent results in innovation for humankind as a whole.

 

After lunch I met up with part of the communication team and finished reviewing the blogposts. I learned how to publish them and how to manage the social media accounts via Buffer. Next I hunted down two innocent programmers to write the blogposts for Wednesday (and I only got lost once in the hallways, hurray!). Having this job has the fun effect that every time I walk into a room with my notepad people go “oh no. Please no. Not me. NOOOOO-”.

…I guess fear can motivate too? Anyhow, there’s a manual and they can always ask me for writing-prompts and help, so it’s not like I’m throwing them in at the deep end. I even got some kudos today for my hunting capabilities, hurray!

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When the general communication stuff was over and done with for the day, I went back to my team. Turns out they had a pretty productive brainstorming session and I was just in time for the voting-part! So we reviewed the ideas of session and came up with a plan for the hackathon tomorrow.

After work I went back to Ghent with a couple of teammates and I ended my workday accidentally spoiling a part of Game of Thrones…Whoops (sorry Brysen…).

 

So in conclusion: I had a busy day but I got through it with Leslie Knope-levels of enthusiasm! On to day 3 of #oSoc17!

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