Tech Talks and the motivation behind it

Tech Talk is the tool we use to integrate teams, share knowledge and keep the tech up-to-date.

It’s not a secret that a company which aims to be on the top spot for good engineers, needs to be up-to-date in the subject of technology.

Some companies like Google and AWS use Tech Talks in order to achieve this goal and we really like how Google defines it:

Google Tech Talks is a grass-roots program at Google for sharing information of interest to the technical community.  At its best, it’s part of an ongoing discussion about our world featuring top experts in diverse fields.  Presentations range from the broadest of perspective overviews to the most technical of deep dives, on topics well-established to wildly speculative.

This is basically why we do it, to share the information about tech-related topics. The topics can range from specific technologies, design/architectural decisions being made, or maybe some technical challenges within our technical community.

How we do it?

In a team full of skilled engineers you always need incentive to motivate everyone to share, this motivation comes from beer and pizza. At the beginning of every month we send out a Call 4 papers asking the engineers to submit their presentations, if there are too many submissions, a poll is created on Slack to decide what will be presented. The Tech Talk takes place at the end of the same month with the most voted presentations.

At the end every presentation in the Tech Talk we have a Q&A session of at least 15 minutes. During this time the team and speaker can exchange their ideas and opinions about the presented topic in detail. This is also the time to check which points about the presented topic could fit and be applied at Foodora.

What did we learn so far?

The initial motivation was to provide a face-to-face means of knowledge sharing among different teams. We have come to realize that the Tech Talk effect is an engaging atmosphere of dialog and discussion, which is very difficult to achieve in other settings.

It is also a very good ice-breaking environment for new joiners and it serves as a great opportunity for brainstorming. It  also gives insights from the diverse fields of expertise that everyone brings to the room.

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If you interested in joining this amazing team and be part of this experience? Check out our open positions here!

Posted by on 5 Feb 2018

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