Czech This Out...

The new office
Sun officially opened our new engineering center and offices in Prague. This is a new building (The Park) for Sun located in Prague 4 near the Chodov metro stop. We are here along with many other multinationals (GE, Sony, Accenture, BP, IBM, DHL, etc).

On Tuesday we had an all hands meeting in the new building. The room was packed. Pavel Suk (Site Director for the Prague Engineering Center) opened the meeting by reviewing the timeline, cramped offices and ever disappearing lab space that the Prague center has had to endure of the past year. Note Pavel's garb. It had something to do with his last visit to India... In any case, it got a few laughs. Also note the slide on the screen behind him. If anyone thought it is all work and no play in Prague, you are wrong (See the party photo for the event that followed that evening).

Jeff Jackson (VP - Java Enterprise Platforms & Developer Products), Linda Park (VP - Global Engineering Organization) and myself all had a chance to address the crowd. It was exciting to see so many people passionate about our engineering and the progress that has been made. Thanks to all for attending the meeting!

On Thursday we held a press conference about Sun's investment in Prague and the success we have had thus far. Some Sun notables who attended at the press conference included Crawford Beveridge (EVP & Chairman Sun Europe) who joined us from Brussels and Zdenek Pilz (Country Manager for the Czech Republic). We also had some very esteemed guests: Jiří Havel (Deputy Prime Minister for the Czech Republic), Dana Bérová (Minister of Informatics for the Czech Republic) and Mr. Tomas Hruda (CEO of CzechInvest). Meeting Mr. Havel and Ms. Bérová was great! (I hope it will make a difference the next time I get a speeding ticket in the Czech Republic ;-)

Overall the event went well. Over 30 local Czech press organizations joined the conference. Although most of the conference was in Czech I was able to pick out a joke that Pavel made about the Czech Republic and CNN. Let's just say it has something to do with the brains over at CNN thinking that the Czech Republic was a neighbor of Iraq.

After the press conference Mr. Havel made a few remarks for the official "ribbon cutting" ceremony. By ribbon cutting I mean smoke and lasers! Take a look at the picture...

After the conference we had a chance to mingle a bit with the press and talk about the developments in the Czech republic as well as the rest of Eastern Europe. A very bright future indeed!

Pavel Suk with his special outfit
Yours Truly
Linda presenting at the all hands
The Party!
The Press Conference
The Dedication


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