At Eventbrite, our craft is events. But sometimes, we like to have our events be about crafts. Such is the case with our sponsorship of Hello, Etsy, a global conference celebrating all things handmade. Eventbrite is ticketing the U.S. locations, and encouraging users all over to tune in through the web.
Before the event starts, we figured we’d share a little bit about our own crafting experience.
One afternoon in July, the Eventbrite office was buzzing with people matching up in teams for our internal Hackathon. Engineers were teaming with folks from through the company to build something bigger, something better, in one night.
Melody Mai, director of program management, had another idea.
“I don’t know how to do engineering,” Mai said. “But I can craft.”
With only a few hours to go before the Hackathon began, Mai jetted out of the office to grab yarn and other supplies for an Eventbrite bracelet-making station. She strung the Eventbrite colors of orange and white (and a little blue, for fun) at the front of the office, and invited anyone who wanted to participate to join in.
“I wanted to be involved in the Hackathon, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to provide much insight into the major projects,” Mai said. “I saw this activity as a great homage to our culture and a fun way to get others involved who may have felt like me.”
At 6:00 p.m., the stitching began. Mai trained a number of Britelings in bracelet-making and, as the night continued, members from other teams crocheted their way into the group. People who had either finished early or wanted a break from their work joined, and pretty soon an entire team sat at the front, covered in yarn.
“There was something so neat about teaching the engineers knitting patterns,” Mai said. “They worked in code patterns all night and then applied those same skills to make some killer yarn bracelets.”
By the time Mai left the office at 2:00 a.m., a team of engineers had taken over teaching. After the Hackathon, everyone in Briteland received an awesome bracelet, and Mai realized that she tapped into a new hobby.
“Now, we have ‘Stitch ‘n’ Bitch’ sessions once a month,” Mai said. “Some people come to stitch, others just come to bitch, but either way, it’s a great way to take a break from work and connect with people from other departments.”
After all, Mai did create something bigger and better – a lasting event for Britelings.
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