Did you know that Super Mario celebrated his 33rd birthday in September? Merry Christmas!
The members of team, Karol G. and Peter J., attended an opening ceremony of project they have been working on for 2 years. The event included the press conference in the heart of Bangkok at the most frequent train stop of Bangkok Transit System (BTS). The ceremony was attended by CEOs of the involved companies and promoted by intensive advertising campaign all over the city:
The solution focuses on sophisticated fare collection using the mobile application. The passengers do not have to wait in queues and can access wide customer care functionality. The solution has been integrated to popular social network LINE with more 500 million users in Asia.
Peter J., Software Engineer: „The business trip to Bangkok exceeded my expectations. We could experienced public opening ceremony, which attracted so many people. We have realized the reach of our solution for more than 8 million city delivered by a small team of Nessians in Kosice. I am proud I could be a part of this.“
Karol G., Senior Development Manager: “Watching thousands of people using our solution we’ve been working on for last two years is an unbelievable feeling of satisfaction. Together, we have delivered solution of world class quality, which will change the transit system in one of the largest cities in the world.”
The 5th edition of planning event called ART PIPE (Agile Release Training Program Increment Planning Event) was held in California. The whole event was attended by 250 people in total. The event was added with interesting presentations of various topics related to software development.
ART PIPE was also the opportunity for various teambuilding activities such as golf, football, Game night or BBQ party.
Nessians from Kosice took also some trips during the weekends. San Diego, wonderful Californian beaches (Coronado, Solana Beach, La Jolla), Las Vegas, San Francisco, camping in Sekvoja National Park or trip to Grand Canyon – these are just a few examples of their favorite destinations.
Vladimír H., Scrum Master Lead, Ness KDC: “During the 4-days long Solar Turbines Agile Release Training Program Increment Planning Event in sunny California, more than 100 Nessians could meet and work with their colleagues from Solar Turbines. Precise planning will help them to coordinate their activities during forthcoming 4 months cycle. I enjoyed also Keynote Speaker presentation related to current trends in the area of software development.”
Arlene T. Paraiso, Office Manager and Event Lead, Solar Turbines: “I’ve been working for Solar Turbines since April 2018 and attended my first ARTPIPE in Kosice, Slovakia; May 2018. Planning for ARTPIPE 5 was a bit delayed but in 6 weeks, with a team of 16 people from 3 different countries working together to serve 260 attendees we were able to pull off the biggest ARTPIPE ever. For ARTPIPE 5 we added an ‘All Hands’ day where we had several keynote speakers, hailing from Caterpillar, Adolus and Google. All in all, it was a good production.”
Marco E. Leon, Digital Product Development Manager, Solar Turbines: “ARTPIPE 5 was an incredible event. It was our largest to date and included three distinguished guest speakers. We are definitely stepping up our game. It was amazing to see the collaboration and focused planning that was accomplished by our three agile release trains. These events represent a large investment in our team and our ability to deliver for our Customers.”
The shelter was established in 2005 by Union of mutual help of people and dogs. The facilities of the shelter have been gradually developed. Nowadays, the shelter can accommodate more than 200 dogs providing them with complete healthcare. The main goal of the shelter is to find homes for the dogs. Employees of Ness KDC decided to develop brand new website to help shelter attract prospective adoptive owners.
Romana Šerfelová, shelter manager: „The website is very important for us. Its design may help us to find new homes for our dogs. Thanks to Ness and its employees, we possess new fancy website, which complies with new security rules. We’d like to thank to Ness and its employees for their support, professional approach and patience.”
Jarka Lichvárová, QA Engineer: „A few years ago, I’ve adopted a new family member – a dog from Haniska shelter. Thanks to Ness KDC to Kosice program and my colleagues, I could help the shelter developing its news website, which will help to find new homes for many dogs. I say, every dog will perfectly protect your fridge. Check the new website and find one for you. “
The main idea and goal of public association Integracia is to connect children with and without handicaps or disablement together. Integracia organizes events all around Slovakia and abroad putting together children of different age and origin. The organization was established in 2008. In 2016, the mission of integration was broadened with support of elderly people. Intergarcia is supported by many publicly known people as actors, sportsmen, politicians, etc.
Stanislav Mucha, PR & Marketing Director, Ness KDC: “I perceive project Integracia as a top class organization deserving highest honors. Its events bring lots of fun, experience, memories and new friendships to children. This is something what I miss in modern world. We’re glad we could help these people in what they’re doing for society.”
Stanislav Matvejová, Integracia Project Manager: „The integration of all children is a charity project with 10 years long history. Thanks to Ness KDC, we can now use and communicate through modern website (www.integracia.net), which is our main communication and presentation tool. I would like to thank to all Ness employees involved in the project for professional and human approach. Thank you for helping us to help the other. “
One of the most appreciated Ness benefits has ended its 9th chapter. Nessians in Košice could have relied on daylong professional care of their children directly in the office 9 years in row.
This year, almost 100 small Nessians attended the club being entertained by 2 head and 10 assisting animators. As a part of the program, children visited tens of interesting venues and attractions in Košice. Thanks to favorable summer weather, club members could enjoy most of their time outdoors.
Monika Slivková, Project Coordinator and Process and Compliance Executive: „We’re all glad the 9th edition of Ness Summer Club has been closed successfully. Despite hot weather and roads reconstruction nearby the office, children were happy and full of energy while searching for new friendship and adventures. On behalf of Ness KDC and team of organizers, I would like to thank to parents for their trust, cooperation and feedback. We are all looking forward to the 10th edition of the club next year, which must be exceptional and full of surprises. However, children friendships might continue thanks to regular monthly Saturday sessions in our office starting in October. See you soon. “
The September edition of favorite internal event was attended by crowds of Nessians, who came to check their health conditions after the Summer time.
Beside the various measures (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose), there was a fitness instructor presenting office exercises, which might help the Nessians to feel better during their days. The other workshops and presentations covered dental hygiene, tasting of natural juices, importance of Omega3 unsaturated fatty acids and pension savings.
Rudolf Slávka, Program Director Ness KDC: “The atmosphere during the Health day was really friendly and relaxing. It was nice to see the people being interested in their health conditions. Especially, when working in IT company sitting on the chair for the most of the day. Thanks to the organizers.”
Martina Sýkorová, Executive – HR, Ness KDC> „I’ve been pleased with so high attendance. I hope everybody has tested, attended and tried everything, what he/she wanted. I’ll be looking forward to the feedback, which might improve the next edition of the Helath day.“
The biggest employer in the area of software engineering in the region has been supporting CSR project on a long-term basis. Marketing agency of Slovak republic awarded Ness KDC with a title Socially responsible enterprise, based on detailed analysis of SIMS IT system. Out of 258 000 active enterprises in Slovakia, only 3,2% met the economic and other requirements needed to achieve this award.
Stanislav Mucha, Marketing & PR Director, Ness KDC: “We’ve been awarded this award since 2014. Ness KDC every year realize wide range of CSR activities and campaigns for its employees, their families, the city of Kosice and various non-profit organizations within the community we live in. We appreciate the award and we are delighted with a good feeling after all nice activities and projects we have conducted.”
In the forthcoming months, Ness KDC will support Carpathian foundation and International Peace Marathon. Nessian volunteers simultaneously work on digital platform for hockey club HC Košice and important projects for the city.
Stanislav Mucha: „In cooperation with the municipality representatives, we’ve started working on the development of websites for projects Košice – European capital of volunteering 2019 and European Youth Olympic Festival 2021. On behalf of Ness KDC, I’d like to truly thank to all the volunteering colleagues helping us and the clients.”
The main CSR areas at Ness KDC:
- Education – active support of education at schools
- Donation – supporting young sportsmen and artists
- Employees care, education and development – sophisticated system of benefits and trainings.
- Sport – active support of sportive events including Ness City Triathlon Košice
- Foundations and charities – cooperation with Carpathian foundation and Oáza shelter
- IT partner of the city of Košice – we have supported European capital of culture 2013, European city of sport 2016, European capital of volunteering 2019, European Youth Olympic festival 2021.
- The main IT partner of HC Košice – digital transformation of the most successful Slovak hockey club.
- Ness KDC Košiciam – development of websites and application for non-profits pro bono.
- Family oriented company – activities for the families of employees.
- Stability – awards for trustworthiness, economic results and credibility.
- Representation – cooperation with foreign chambers of commerce.
Ness KDC supports volunteering of its employees and it is significantly active in the area of CSR. The true example of CSR project is Ness KDC to Košice, which offers development of website and mobile apps for non-profit organizations pro bono. Together, Nessians developed 30 websites and 5 mobile applications.
Stanislav Mucha, PR & Marketing Director, Ness KDC: “We’re really proud on the project. We are doing what we like and we help our community. It’s a good feeling to pass by State theater, attend hockey game or depart from Kosice Airport knowing we’ve helped these important institutions providing them with websites, which are used by citizens as well as tourists.“
The first half of 2018 has brought only a few new projects; however, some of them exceed the profile of simple website.
Stanislav Mucha, PR & Marketing Director, Ness KDC: “We’ve become the Main IT partner of Hockey Club Košice and we’re developing for Košice fans digital solution consisting of website, mobile app, e-shop, loyalty program and knowledge database. The complexity of work required most of our volunteers. The progress of the project is however positive and we’re looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Despite the work for HC Košice, Nessians has finished a website for folk festival FOLKFEST. Other five projects are in the stage of development.
Stanislav Mucha, PR & Marketing Director, Ness KDC: “Beside the development, we’re providing also support services for existing projects. In addition, there are two big projects in the stage of planning by Košice municipality and so the year 2018 will be rush. On behalf of Ness KDC, I’d like to trully thank to all my colleagues for their effort and willingness to help the community we live in.“
While some of us are enjoying Summer relax and holidays, together with company Progress Promotion, we’ve collected and analyzed feedback and organization of Ness City Triathlon as well as the event for children of Nessians called Pátračik. A short video capturing Nessians and their children will remind us perfect time we prepared for our employees as well as community we live in.