At the very beginning of my job, my supervisor made clear that I would be fully in charge of organizing everything for Tech Trek.
I thought this would be a fun (and somewhat easy experience) so I was super happy to do it.
Well. If you haven’t heard of Tech Trek, it’s basically this thing in the summer where companies all over Ann Arbor open their doors and showcase what they do to the general public. It’s a whole day ordeal with thousands of people registering every year.
Anyway, I was in charge of planning and organizing everything for our company which meant picking where our “booth” would be, planning out what we would showcase, etc. Of course, everyone at the company would happily help me if I asked, but I was responsible for directing and organizing those meetings.
The biggest thing I learned from organizing this event is that I greatly underestimate the effort it takes to accomplish something.
I thought planning this out would be a somewhat simple and fairly quick project, but including the planning, testing, organizing, meeting, and decoration time I probably ended up putting in 30-40 hours into this project. Of course this includes tests and creation of potential showcase material we chose not to use, but even without that, the project was still much bigger than I expected.
And I also had some pressure over my head because SpellBound won the “best of Tech Trek” award 2 years in a row, and we wanted to make it 3, so it had to be good!
Overall, while this project was definitely a tough one, it was one of my favorite things I’ve worked on at the internship so far because of how our team came together during the decoration and organizing process, and during and after the actual event.
Was it good? I’ll let you be the judge: