University IT Community Meeting: In-person and with an Informal Program

16 Sep 2021

After more than a year, we organized a physical meeting of the university IT community with a simple goal to share news and changes in our work and meet so-called offline and after a long separation to restore personal relationships. The informal program was also a part of it, which completely denied the conventional stereotype of "unsociable IT guys".

Almost 60 university IT professionals from individual information technology centers (CIT) met together on Thursday, September 2, for a traditional IT community meeting. This is important mainly because, although we are from different faculties and workplaces, we strive together for the best possible IT background for MUNI. That is why it is crucial to meet together, share information and experiences, and build the best possible cooperation and friendly relations across the university. This time, the Faculty of Arts lent its premises for the meeting, for what big thanks belong to colleagues from CIT FF and the FF library and for further cooperation and assistance in organizing.

The afternoon part belonged to the formal program with contributions on Background not only for teaching at the university but also ITSM - services, processes, and tools. During the break - enriched with delicious refreshment - ensured by individuals directly from among the participants by bringing something small to bite from their production, there was also a short workshop on Mindfulness with Tomáš Vojtíšek from the HR team of the Institute of Computer Science (ICS). The second part of the program focused on news and exciting things from the university IT world.

Formal and Informal Meeting

Because we had a lot to say, the formal part of the program was followed by the informal one in the form of a friendly evening meeting with good food and drink in the yard of the Faculty of Arts. In addition to non-work topics, those interested could participate in discussions about e-mail at MU, mindfulness, or other networking of the IT community. Retro games and virtual reality were also worth trying.

The entire meeting of the IT community took place in a friendly spirit, fulfilled its goal of informally meeting live, and set the bar for further meetings very high. "Cooperation and establishing social relations is essential for functional IT at the university. I hope this meeting properly supported this, and I am pleased with how positively it was perceived by all involved. I believe that next time we will meet even more people there, "said Pavlína Špringerová from ICS, the main organizer of the whole meeting.

Big thanks belong to Ondřej Myšák from CIT FF for the photos from the meeting.

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