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    FlexiDB’s company day

    11th January at 4:42pm BST
  • History has been made! On Tuesday January 10th 2017, FlexiDB took part in its first company day, and it was so successful that we’re making it an annual event.

    After a morning of hard work and ‘business as usual’ (we’re a busy bunch!), the company day kicked off with a range of presentations reflecting on the year that has just finished, and forecasting our vision for an even brighter future.

    First up was FlexiDB’s CEO, Richard Hill, echoing the hard work and commitment from our teams in the UK and Russia over the last 12 months. Richard’s presentation detailed our progress so far and updated the team on the stages of our current projects, before focusing on the vision for FlexiDB’s future.

    2017 is going to be an exciting time for us. We are about to launch a selection of new tools (and even a free game!), so Tess Coughlan-Allen, FlexiDB’s Marketing Manager, delivered our second presentation, showcasing our marketing efforts and our plans for the months ahead. (Ps. We’re on the look out for some Beta testers for our hosted database backend and our bot for Slack, so if you use Slack or WordPress and would like access to our software for free, reach out to tess@flexidb.com today.)

    Within our company ethos is the idea that we are creating software tools for a reason, and we use two very important questions to focus our work. The first is, “What are you doing?”, and the second is, “Why are you doing it?”. For our final presentation, Peter Turner, FlexiDB’s Non-Executive Director, gave an inspiring talk exploring these questions and their impact on work motivation, reminding our team of the importance of looking at the bigger picture.

    Next up, we took on the challenge of ‘Locked in a Room’, an immersive escape room experience. We split our group into two teams, who simultaneously attempted to escape from a locked room by solving puzzles and discovering clues within the 60 minute time limit.

    The team after our immersive escape room experience at Locked in a Room!

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    Our winning team started off with a strategy of splitting the team to look for clues and solve puzzles, but as the game went on they concentrated on working together and realised that a unified effort was the key to success. The team successfully escaped from the room… with just 24 seconds to spare!

    Team 1 escaped! With 24 seconds to spare… #escaperooms #lockedinaroom

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    Our second team were just one clue away from escaping when the buzzer went to signify the end of the game. They may not have escaped from the room, but the team put in an awesome effort and worked hard from start to finish, pulling together to decipher the mysteries presented.

    Team 2 after Locked in a Room! (They were locked in, but we let them out!) #escaperooms #lockedinaroom

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    The setting included an amazing collection of donated wartime artefacts, awesome props and cryptic clues to create a truly immersive environment with a time-travel theme.

    The setting for our #teambuilding exercise at Locked in a Room for the FlexiDB company day was pretty cool.

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    Reuniting after the escape room challenge, we took part in a tech and sci-fi themed quiz, written by our quizmaster, Richard Hill.

    Including anagrams featuring the hidden names of technology gurus from history, a music round of sci-fi hits, an entire round dedicated to Harrison Ford films, and a magic numbers round, the quiz kept us on our toes and tested our tech knowledge.

    One of the best rounds was named “Dead Tweeters”, where each team was challenged to guess the top ten people from history that Richard wished were alive when Twitter was created. Everyone guessed Einstein as number one, but the correct answer was Bill Shankley, arguably the most famous figure in Liverpool Football Club’s history. (Can you tell Richard is a Liverpool fan?)

    Another great round involved the teams guessing the origin of a range of translations of Obi Wan’s famous line, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for”, with answers including Icelandic, Arabic, Dutch… and Klingon!

    obi-wan

    Looking ahead, 2017 is set to be the biggest year yet for FlexiDB and we can’t wait to share our products with you.

    The first tool we’ll be launching is Mind Doodle, a project that’s close to our hearts, and driven by our inner creativity. Mind Doodle is an online mind-mapping tool, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s a huge step forward for the way that ideas can be created, manipulated and realized.

    Mind Doodle removes the constraints and processes for starting a plan. You can work freely, then change the look of the diagram whenever you like. The doodle will automatically update, whilst holding the structure behind the scenes. You can export, share, and work on collaboratively with your team

    Did we mention we created it all using the FlexiDB database backend?

    We’ve been using the Mind Doodle Beta software as we’ve been developing it, and we’re seeing the benefits of our increased productivity already. It’s the new way to move ideas forward, and we’re never looking back!

    Mind Doodle will be launched in early February. If you sign-up during the launch, you’ll get to use Mind Doodle for free for the first 6 months. (But if you sign up now, it’s free forever!) Visit minddoodle.net to sign up today.

    Want to know more about FlexiDB, our team and our products? Ask tess@flexidb.com!