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Report: biggest and warmest catworkx Midsummer Day “ever” on the occasion of the company’s 20th anniversary

published Jun 27, 2019 02:00 PM
“Be part of the powerful Atlassian Ecosystem” – over 270 participants, 27 app vendors from around the world, 24 Best Practice Sessions, 8 customer and expert talks, 1 Atlassian keynote, 1 Skippers Chat as well as 1 anniversary party: That was the catworkx Midsummer Day 2019 condensed into seven numbers. These record figures formed the foundation for what was already the sixth and to date the biggest catworkx Midsummer Day (CMSD2019) since the introduction of the event in 2014. The event this year, which took place on the 18th and 19th June in Harburg, was totally sold out. For the host, catworkx, they were very special event days: on the evening of the 18th June catworkx also celebrated its 20th anniversary with customers, partners, event participants, app vendors, employees, relatives, companions and friends on the event ship MS KOI.

Sunglasses at catworkx Midsummer Day 2019More solution vendors than ever presented themselves at the catworkx Midsummer Day 2019 (abbr: CMSD2019) from the 18th to the 19th June in Hamburg. 27 international app vendors from the Atlassian Ecosystem and over 270 visitors enjoyed this year’s Atlassian event in the charming atmosphere of the “Speicher am Kaufhauskanal”. The location is close proximity to the catworkx headquarters in the Harburg inland port and of the ElbLOGE, in which the Best Practice Sessions (also booked out) took place on the first day of the event. On the second day of the CMSD2019 the highly diverse visitors were able to experience the “Orange Guys” at first hand (catworkx is known by this nickname in the Atlassian ecosystem): You couldn’t miss the catworkx team this year in their blazing orange-colored polo shirts.


The event days in detail

Day 1: Entertaining and informative – the Best Practice Sessions in the ElbLOGE

On the first day of the event the participants had the opportunity to take part in the Best Practice Sessions with 24 prominent app vendors from the Atlassian Ecosystem in the ElbLOGE. The 150 visitors received, by means of the presented Use Cases, a practical insight into the individual products and used the chance for an intensive exchange of experiences with producers and participants. During the break, participants were able to enjoy the fabulous views high up from the balcony of the ElbLOGE of the Harburg inland port in the most beautiful summer weather. Those who had remembered their sunglasses were definitely at an advantage.

Day 1: 20 years of catworkx – big anniversary party in the evening on the event ship MS KOI

catworkx staff membersAfter the end of the Best Practice Sessions another special event awaited all event participants and invited guests: the birthday party celebrating 20 years of catworkx on the event ship MS KOI. The ship cast off punctually at 09:00 p.m. After the welcoming speech by Wolfgang Tank (co-founder and CIO, catworkx GmbH) everyone enjoyed the four hour tour of the river "Elbe" with the best weather conditions. There was dancing, lots of laughter, astonishment and feasting. The passage under the Köhlbrandbrücke (bridge), which has become a Hamburg landmark, with storm clouds in the background offered an impressive panorama. Likewise, the view of Hamburg’s latest landmark, the Elbphilharmonie (concert hall). The birthday cake with fountains could only be seen by a few as it was so full on board. However, everyone was able to enjoy it later. We think it was an absolutely fantastic evening. We would like to thank everyone for this wonderful party – the atmosphere was super!

Day 2: Varied program at the catworkx Midsummer Day 2019 at the Speicher am Kaufhauskanal

For sporty early birds the event program already started at 06:30 a.m. It was time for the catworkx Team Run, a traditional morning run and a permanent feature of the CMSD program since 2017 and also already offered by catworkx at the Atlassian Summit in Barcelona (2018) and Las Vegas (2019). With the best morning mood, the participants ran 5km through the Harburg inland port and then to the Außenmühlenteich (small lake).

From 08:00 a.m. the participants were able to visit the large exhibition of the app vendors in the Speicher am Kaufhauskanal, where the producers presented their solutions to the public throughout the day. After breakfast and a first round of networking Abdelkerim Krimo Khermane (Senior Product Manager, catworkx) rose to speak, welcoming all event participants to the exhibition area on the ground floor and gave a brief overview of the event program. It was a relaxed and successful start to the CMSD2019. At this point the temperature had already risen to 26 degrees – however, the real challenge for the visitors was yet to come.

The varied program of talks began shortly after 09:00 a.m. The english Atlassian keynote was held this year by Benjamin Magro (Product Manager Data Center Apps, Atlassian). In his presentation he explained how growing companies can, with Data Center, shape their working processes more productively and thereby be scalable.

Directly after, Johann Krahfuß (CSO, catworkx) took the microphone. On the occasion of the 20 years of catworkx he hosted, together with Michael Lüer (COO, catworkx) the Skippers Chat: an exciting interview with the catworkx owners and managing directors Andreas Girnuweit, Oliver Groht and Dr. Wolfgang Tank. There was a lot of laughter. At the end the two hosts gave the skippers a gift: a glass picture with a birthday logo and the signature of all the employees in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

During the next talks the temperature rose to over 30 degrees. That didn’t leave the visitors cold. The unusually temperatures on this day were then tweeted in the evening by one visitor as follows: "Infusion break at the catworkx MidSaunaDay2019 #CMSD2019". That also made us smile... 

The following speakers also held excellent talks despite the tropical temperatures under the roof of the warehouse. After two instructive days full of information and exchange about Atlassian solutions and a wonderful birthday party with a great atmosphere on the event ship MS KOI, many participants enjoyed the relaxed end to the evening with draught beer and delicious food.

catworkx says "Thank you" 

We would like to thank all customers, participants, app vendors, sponsors, as well as the Atlassian team and of course the team at the Speicher am Kaufhauskanal and also those on the MS KOI.

We especially wish to thank our speakers this year whose top-class talks exemplified for the audience the varied use of the Atlassian applications.

Even days after the event we are still overwhelmed by all the positive feedback which we have received and of course are very happy about. After the Midsummer Day is before the Midsummer Day – and so we take the many positive moments and are now already looking forward to the next, the seventh Midsummer Day in 2020! We wish you all a fantastic summer and say goodbye – see you next year!

Your catworkx team


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