Blue skies, empty pistes and a cocktail named Spider Bite! Strateski 2020 was certainly an event unlike any other! Word-Conection would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend Strateski 2020 in Les Contamines-Montjoie. We were for the second year running fully booked, and the unconference was an enormous success, It delivered the perfect blend of business and fun in a truly stunning setting. We are sure that everyone who attended Strateski found the event to be incredibly productive.
GALA Loc Mixer
We were delighted to host a GALA Loc Mixer après ski event. These co-organized gatherings enable language industry professionals to share their knowledge and build communities. The live band helped to generate an incredible atmosphere during the evening. We must thank Françoise and Patrick Bajon from Version International for driving all the way from Lyon to join us for the event. Be sure to join us next year at l’Auberge du Tele on Saturday 23rd of January.
Champagne tasting and beer…Issues
Ola from Wordfinder was kind enough to sponsor our welcome drinks at Strateski. The Champagne was fabulous as were the kegs of German beer supplied by Stefan from Prodoc. Sadly, Ralph from Globaldocs encountered issues with his beer, luckily Semyon our Russian engineer from Databridge came to the rescue. There were no attachments to enable us to pour the beer from the kegs and so we were forced to put an axe to the barrels! As a result, you will be relieved to hear that we have secured a local supplier of beer for next year’s event!
Attendees at Strateski had much to say that was of interest to everyone but we also experienced waxing of a very different kind! We organised a ski waxing and repair workshop in conjunction with Nathan Moro, a trainer for Les Contamines Ski Club. Better still, our evening Ski video clinic enabled those who took to the white stuff to see themselves ski so they could improve their technique.
Coronavirus in Les Contamines
The first confirmed case of Coronavirus in France occurred in Les Contamines. Fortunately, the virus, arrived in the resort the day after all Strateski participants had left. However, the virus has impacted the language industry, as the ELIA Together event in Milan was cancelled in February and GALA San Diego has been postponed with a tentative rescheduling in September. The virus continues its rampage leaving Strateski as one of the only industry events of the year unscathed.
Strateski 2021 will take place 22-29 January in Les Contamines-Montjoie. It’s the perfect opportunity to network with your fellow industry professionals. The event is about sharing rather than simply being talked at. We will ensure that there is much to enjoy and to experience along the way. Remember, skiing is optional, and Word Connection cannot be responsible for any injuries on the slopes. It is important to book early for next year’s unconference as it is likely to be oversubscribed. We look forward to welcoming you to Strateski 2021.
Sorry to say that three of our gathering picked up some unexpected souvenirs – an injured leg, a fractured wrist and an allergic reaction to a spider bite! We should point out that skiing is optional at Strateski. You can have a fabulous time and take advantage of the networking opportunities without setting foot on the pistes. We all left feeling energised by the skiing, what we had learnt and all we shared.