500 colleagues traveled from three different continents for two eventful days: Camelot Days 2019. A look behind the scenes shows how the heart of Camelot beats.
This year’s Camelot Days were all about innovation. The Camelot Innovation Race had already been started several months before – and this event was the highlight. 25 teams developed solution ideas for the current business challenges of our customers. Four of them reached the Camelot Days final, and thus went up on the big stage where they presented their ideas to all colleagues briefly, creatively and with clearly visible passion.
After a digital vote in the plenum – which was extremely close – the winning team was finally chosen. The main prize: a one-week trip to Silicon Valley. Congratulations and huge compliments to all colleagues who took part!
Some finalist teams dealt with ideas around the hot topic of sustainability: How can online shopping be implemented in a more eco-friendly way and at the same time inspire customers? How can digital innovations be used to make supply chains more sustainable? These ideas are not simply being put in the drawer, but are now actually being realized during the next step.
Christoph Magnussen, a pioneer of the New Work movement, gave impulses for the working world of tomorrow in his keynote speech. Modern technologies and personal responsibility help to bring employees regularly into a “flow” state, the perfect balance between their own abilities and the opportunity to live them out.
In his speech Torsten Zube, Head of the SAP Innovation Center Network, also showed how innovations can be generated in companies when employees are encouraged and supported with the realization of their ideas.
Innovation works best when people come together with their specific talents and personalities. That’s why this year’s Camelot Days focused not only on innovation, but also on all of the people who make up Camelot and represent our entrepreneurial activities.
Entrepreneurial activity also means acting responsibly. Prof. Dr. Laura Edinger-Schons, holder of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) chair at the University of Mannheim, gave a review of the long-standing cooperation with Camelot and an outlook of the joint activities planned for the future.
Marisa Seth, Head of CSR at Camelot, explained the specific path that Camelot is pursuing in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility: “Our employees are the heart, soul and brain behind our CSR activities. With their passion, commitment and creativity, they contribute towards making the world a better place. At Camelot we give them all the support and motivation they need.” She also highlighted examples of some initiatives that Camelot employees are driving forward – from reducing plastic waste to the Bike-to-Work program.
“People” was the motto for the time between the talks: Numerous departments presented themselves and their work during a vernissage. Colleagues from different locations got talking, made new or strengthened old contacts and received inspiration for client projects.
Recognition for the performance of employees was not neglected either during the Camelot Days: numerous prizes were awarded for special commitment and promotions. In short project videos, the colleagues also showed that they never stopped having fun working together, even when dealing with demanding client projects.
Camelot Summer Party
The two days came to an end with the Camelot Summer Party. All of the employees had the opportunity to bring their families with them to the party. Which meant activities for all ages were available, from bouncy castles to archery.
People ate well, celebrated and danced into the early hours. A big thank you goes out to everyone who organized this great event or who made a contribution with their ideas!
If you would like to join us next year, simply take a look at our job vacancies. Our team is always on the lookout for new ‘innovative minds’!