The ABC Conjecture with Matt Parker
Think the ABC Conjecture is too abstract and incomprehensible? Not if you explain it with Lego bricks and lots of blue dots! If anyone can make complex mathematics understandable, it's Matt Parker: Youtuber, standup mathematician and speaker at this year's Big Techday. In his video, he makes the ABC conjecture accessible to non-mathematicians. The idea and visualisations were provided by our colleagues Sebastian Stamminger and Daniel Pape. "It was really cool to work with Matt. When do you ever get the chance to meet a real YouTube star?" says Sebastian. The result of the collaboration is this video. And not only that: under Daniel's guidance, one of our interns also developed a browser programme with which you can find your own ABC triples. Take a look and try it out.
The first TNG autumn retreat
Last weekend, after more than 2 years, the Interalpen Hotel Tyrol opened its doors again for TNG and our first ever autumn retreat - of course with a strict hygiene concept, and as a 2G event (participants must be vaccinated or recovered). As always at our retreats, work and leisure went hand in hand. In small groups, we programmed and developed exciting features for our customers in hackathons and in various leisure activities, some of us climbed the Hohe Munde mountain in Telfs, learned to play golf or worked out in fitness classes. Most importantly however, we finally got to see each other in person again.
Big Techday 2021
Do you want to be a part of our annual Big Techday?
This year, it will take place in a hybrid form. If you want to join us online there is no need to register.
More information on www.bigtechday.com
TNG Hungary breaks the barrier of 10
Today marks a very special anniversary: one year ago, the first colleague started working for TNG abroad. Now, things look quite different - we now have a total of 17 colleagues working outside Germany. Our branch office in Budapest is growing particularly quickly. We are happy to announce that 3 new colleagues are starting in Hungary today. This is the first time we have broken the barrier of 10. Üdv a TNG-nél - Welcome to TNG!
Show some love - Summer retreat 2021
One event, over 500 people, countless good ideas and probably the biggest video call in TNG history: Our motto for this year's summer retreat last Friday was "Show some love". As always, there was a lot of discussion and the sense of community at TNG was further strengthened by the exchanges in virtual coffee breaks and during joint leisure activities. We are proud of our biggest virtual retreat so far and thank the organization and tech team for a seamless event.
Der erste TNGler in der Schweiz
We're off into the big, wide world: we are becoming even more international!
With colleagues living in Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria and Australia, on the 1st of July, we will welcome our first TNG employee based in Switzerland.
We are looking forward to many lines of code (in "Schwyzerdütsch") and hopefully delicious fondue in the coming weeks and months.
Are you interested in joining us as a software consultant? Then apply here: https://tngtech.jobs.personio.de/
Animated Buttons in the t3n magazine
TNG lectures in retrospect
Digital formats have never been more important than during the pandemic. Our employees were able to continue to network, educate themselves and share their knowledge via virtual lectures and workshops. At the beginning of the year, two of our colleagues gave two guest lectures, including a workshop, as part of a computer science class at the Technical University of Munich to show the students the practical application of Haskell in everyday work. On this occasion, TNG also awarded a prize to the best students of the semester for a special project. In the spring, our staff gave no less than three talks or presented showcases at the OOP 2021 conference, including one on "Brain Computer Interfaces Demystified - Can Thoughts Take Control?". The TNG talk "Deepfakes 2.0 - How neural networks are changing our world" is much loved and has been given at several conferences, such as CodeDays and JavaLand 2021, since the beginning of the year alone. The topic of deepfakes has also been featured several times on television, including Galileo and Leschs Kosmos.
Winter Retreat at TNG
Learning by doing - that's the motto of our annual winter retreat. In small groups, we code, tinker, ponder and discuss - the topics are as diverse as our colleagues.
At this year's retreat last Friday, March 19, exciting topics such as "Smart Home with Home Assistant", "Self-built video chat - how hard can it be?" or "Quantum Computing with Qiskit" were on the agenda. Sounds exciting? In the next weeks you will find project reports on our Linkedin page.
Even though we were not able to celebrate and feast together in a hotel in the mountains this year, our colleagues were of course still taken care of. Each of them received a surprise snack box, delivered to their door, which they could open and enjoy throughout the day at their leisure.
We also didn't forget to have fun! In the evening there was a wide selection of activities including painting, model building, a cooking class, and much more.
From the ocean to the model - the Glomar Explorer in Lego
At the Big Techday 2019, the journalist Josh Dean spoke about the secret "Azorian" mission from 1974. The CIA wanted to salvage the sunken Russian submarine "K-129" with the "Glomar Explorer", a ship specially designed for this purpose. All was planned and executed in secret, without the knowledge of the Soviet Union. Even though the mission was only partially successful, as the submarine broke during the recovery, the Explorer was a technical marvel. However, a functioning model has never been built, as far as we know.
Challenge accepted: TNG contacted Pawel Kmieć a.k.a. "Sariel", a highly creative Lego model builder, who'd already presented his inventions and design work at the BTD 2017. We brought the idea, budget and enthusiasm, and Sariel took on the task. His work in progress was shown at the BTD 2020 and since then, completed - Thanks, Pawel!
The model, which is three meters long and not only looks extreme, also swims in real life and is able to grab a model submarine with its gripping device. So while we hope for the Corona virus to be pushed back by vaccines, our big model is also patiently waiting in our office for the summer we are all longing for - and a swimming pool...