tag:team.wingify.com,2013:/posts Team Wingify's Space 2017-04-22T15:26:51Z tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1143516 2017-04-03T06:53:46Z 2017-04-03T07:07:32Z A spring-summer reading list from Wingify Design team


March just got over. With all the holi revelry behind us, we've now stepped in April. Most parts of India are now bracing themselves for the upcoming hot months and some of us are already dreaming of monsoons. 

However, there's still time for us to smell the sweet petrichor and most of us are happy staying indoors and reading.

In March, the product and design teams shared a lot of interesting articles on various topics. Here are some that we really liked. 

1. We read about how to pair typefaces and learnt how to categorise them into six major categories.

https://zellwk.com/blog/typefaces/

2. We dug the concept library where a bunch of concepts were showcased for easy direction.

https://lstore.graphics/conceptlibrary/

3. We played around with Emblem that takes a brand name and pushes out logotypes. It just feels neat to see your products visualised in different logotypes.

https://app.builtbyemblem.com/

4. We played around with a new prototyping tool in the market, Kite

https://kiteapp.co/

5. Algolia launched a cool library of UI widgets and we <3 it

https://community.algolia.com/instantsearch.js/

6. Perhaps march was the month of new launches. We also tried this CAD-inspired design tool focused on the unique constraints of UX/UI design.

https://subformapp.com/

7. We read the Tactical Design Critique, a method of design critique at Medium and did our every first TDC for one of our products this month.

https://medium.design/tactical-design-critique-bb74d1a5e350#.zgllgo2lt

8. Font awesome did a pretty neat video on Kickstarter and we fell in love with it.


9. Smashing Magazine is launching a redesign and it didn't go unnoticed by us.

https://next.smashingmagazine.com/

10. And we learnt a bit on how to take better breaks.

http://www.nirandfar.com/2017/03/how-to-spend-your-breaks-wisely-and-have-a-better-workday.html

Finally, although we don't use them much here, it never hurts to watch the birth of a fresh new dugout canoe!

The Birth Of A Dugout Canoe by Northmen from Northmen on Vimeo.

Want to meet us?

We are all here --> https://dribbble.com/wingify 


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1135642 2017-03-03T03:04:52Z 2017-03-11T18:45:33Z February's reading list from the design team at Wingify

These are the links that the design team at Wingify found interesting in the month of February

1. Seeing Theory, a project designed and created by Daniel Kunin with support from Brown University's Royce Fellowship Program and National Science Foundation group STATS4STEM. The goal of the project is to make statistics more accessible to a wider range of students through interactive visualizations. We loved the visualisation. 

http://students.brown.edu/seeing-theory/

2. Stack Overflow redid their top navigation and we appreciated the insights shared by their team.

https://stackoverflow.blog/2017/02/14/why-stack-overflow-redesigned-the-top-navigation/

3. A 4-minute video on Futura, the font that escaped the Nazis


4. We read and shared about Sketch and how to get the pixels right

https://medium.com/sketch-app-sources/getting-the-pixels-right-in-sketch-2386c730af90#.e3wcazqyv

5. Nick Babich, a software developer wrote about the nice to have states in mobile apps in a well-informing post and we loved it.

https://uxplanet.org/empty-state-mobile-app-nice-to-have-essential-f11c29f01f3#.f5mtt6oyk

6. https://www.danrodney.com/blog/sketch-bootstrap-grid/

7. We loved this playlist

http://lp.anzi.kr/

8. We shared the new product for others to try 

https://flixel.com/products/mac/cinemagraph-pro/

9. We shared the design trends for 2017 from Behance

https://www.behance.net/gallery/47810259/2017-Design-Trends-Guide

10. And of course, one can never get enough of the little big details

http://littlebigdetails.com/

11. A golden article from Jared spool making a case on why consistency in design is the wrong approach

https://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2005/09/15/consistency-in-design-is-the-wrong-approach/


And one more thing, Netflix has a new series on design, called Abstract. Sheer <3



What did you find inspiring this month? 


- With love from the Design team at Wingify
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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1131455 2017-02-15T06:37:36Z 2017-04-22T15:25:57Z Pushcrew goes Khandala!

19 years ago, in 1998, a Bollywood song had spread like wildfire, making this quaint little hill station in western ghats of India very popular. 

Amir Khan had led the movement to Khandala back then with this cheeky little stunt. 

The Pushcrew team decided to hop over to this 90's destination for a weekend and boy was it beautiful! 

We played cricket, lounged around, ate like there's no tomorrow and revisited so many of our childhood games. As the evening was setting, we reluctantly agreed for an hour long zoomba class and left with sore muscles after breaking out into a punjabi number. 

I think the best part of the trip was the night where all of us were jam packed into a single room, sharing our best childhood memories. 

I've personally lost count of the number of people who received an electric shock when they were children! 

Here's to more stories together! 



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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1121915 2017-01-16T09:15:25Z 2017-04-22T15:26:51Z Sharan gets married to Megha !
Two Wingifighters decide to make a home together and we're all super happy for them both. Here's a picture from one of their wedding ceremonies in Kerala:

Don't they look adorable together :)

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1106726 2016-11-09T06:04:41Z 2016-12-28T09:54:23Z Biblio: Wingify Bookclub Edition. 01

Wingify loves to read and there's no two ways about it. Neil Gaiman, gave a deeply thoughtful lecture on ''Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming." 

Books are the way that we communicate with the dead. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, that humanity has built on itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over. There are tales that are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures and the buildings in which they were first told.

Since most of us were fairly convinced or already at the point of no return from the love of books, we decided to form a book club. 

Our bookclub is called Biblio and is presided by someone who is currently writing a book and has a beautiful list of books that he read in 2016.

In our first meeting, all of us got together and discussed about the kind of books we like to read and our preferences for future books. 

We picked our first reading for the month as Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto.

Set in Bombay during the last decades of the twentieth century, Em and The Big Hoom tells the compelling story of the Mendeses mother, father, daughter and son. Between Em, the beedi - smoking, hyperactive mother, driven frequently to hospital by her mania and failed suicide attempts, and The Big Hoom, the rock-solid, dependable father, trying to hold things together as best he can, they are an extraordinary family. Filled with endearing and eccentric characters, and marked by sparkling dialogue and restrained emotion, this is one of the most powerful and moving novels to be published in India in a long time.

Our next meeting will be in a month and all of us are excited to read this book! 


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1104761 2016-11-02T11:51:07Z 2017-01-25T11:23:38Z *drumroll* We have a *neeew* office in Pune!

So this Diwali, we moved to a new office in Pune.

It is big.

It is airy.

It overlooks a good patch of green.

Yes, you can see cows grazing.

Don't mean to boast, but three times a day, you can spot and hear the sweet melody of a beautiful blue train snaking through the terminal right behind.

Ofcourse, we plan to convert it to a mini forest.

Pets are allowed? Why? That's not even a question! 

Yes, it has a balcony. 

TT table now travels with us, wherever we go. 

Oh, the huge white wall? Let's just say we HAD to make a Friday Movie Club just because. 

So yeah, we had our Diwali party in this space and let's just say we were overboard with happiness

Because WE LOVE THIS NEW OFFICE!!!! 


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1103814 2016-10-31T11:37:02Z 2016-11-21T12:28:38Z Diwali Mela 2016 - Grand celebrations at Wingify Delhi

Wingify Diwali celebrations 2016 this time were fun and splendid. The artsy décor, on the theme of the mela was an instant hit with everyone. So were the arrangements for food and snacks. Though there weren’t too many games this time, unlike the last Diwali, everyone participated and had a fun time. The pictures tell rest of the story of an artsy décor, chatori gali, and some crazy games. 

Food and snacks were truly Indian (with the exception of pasta) and totally yum. Mouthwatering street food – golgappas, samosa chat, papri chat and more, kept everyone going back for more. 

The enthusiasm that everyone showed to participate in the games was commendable. Whether it was TT relay, Bucket Race, or Jingles, people gave their best shot. 

 Taking forward the values that Wingify appreciates, we decided on giving the ‘gift of reading’ to all with a Kindle and the book ‘Beginning of Infinity’. Sparsh handed over the gifts to everyone, personally. We’ve captured some smiling faces receiving their gifts.


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1090648 2016-09-16T09:30:46Z 2016-11-03T09:55:47Z Wingify Sales team soaring above the clouds

Our Sales team at Wingify has a certain affinity towards making the ‘not so happening locations’ memorable and worthwhile. This time it was Lansdowne’s turn!! Now, one would think, what could they do at a small, quaint place like Lansdowne? Our answer- A lot! Yeah, it sounds a bit rhetorical but that’s what we did.

The journey started with minimalistic planning and hasty procurement of trip essentials (yes, that includes the booze ;) ). While most of our teammates are usually inclined towards driving their own cars, we hired a bus for this one. Surprisingly, everyone was on time to reach the boarding point and we kicked off at the scheduled time (5AM – still better than 4AM for the Corbett trip). Our resident DJ’s Anmol and Rohit (with the equipment brought in by Himanshu and Arjun) did not let a single second pass by without an interesting track playing in the background. With all the music playing around, not everyone could forget the tiring week which went by before the trip and this gave Shashankh and his new (smart)phone the opportunity to click selfies with unsuspecting sleepy heads.

However, all the fatigue vanished the moment we entered the hills. The view was simply mesmerizing with the clouds floating amongst the pines and occasionally drifting on the road alongside the bus. None of us remembered to check our phones for signals once we reached the resort. Well, that’s particularly because the resort is built near an army camp and there is hardly any network coverage in the area but with a view like that, no one really cared. Everyone checked in to the rooms and relaxed for a bit. The rest of the day was spent in exploring the resort grounds and clicking pictures (which was the only thing our phones could do there

As the dusk approached, we got to what we do best – DRINK! Not to miss the amazing ability to create clouds within a room, our hookah experts – Kushal, Rohit and Varunesh huddled up to concoct their own recipes on the only hookah we had. But this time too many cooks did not spoil the broth(hookah)! Nobody kept a track of time amidst the endless conversations and an occasional clink of bottles being knocked down by Deepak, Himanshu and Aayushi :D .

We had no clue what to do the next day (yeah the trip was planned on a short notice) and suddenly Vibhuti came up with the idea of going for a small trek/walk for as long as we could walk. The team that treks together stays together! I will let pictures do the talking.

After the short but tiring trek, all of us were in for some pampering at the Spa in the resort. Deepak made the most out of the Jacuzzi but sadly enough we couldn’t get a picture of him enjoying the bubble bath which surely reminded us of the Lux ads aired in the 90’s. The Spa is located at an immensely beautiful point. Again a picture is worth a thousand words:

We left for Delhi next morning, taking beautiful memories, learnings and motivation to do better- every day!

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1083647 2016-08-24T09:13:46Z 2016-11-04T15:15:06Z New Girl in New York

Almost eEverything I have ever wished for, has come to me in a platter, presented neatly with sides (New York is the part of sides here :)). Never at that same moment but at the time when I have completely forgotten ever wishing for it and least expecting it to happen.

I always like to start with a bit of history. Connecting dots between the various chapters of my life as they have unfolded and formed neat patterns without me realising it.

April, 2015: I was working in the marketing department of Visual Website Optimizer.  As part of my job role, I had subscribed to tens of newsletters from all sorts of conversion optimization blogs, gurus, and courses. One fine day when I was skimming through my inbox, I found an email with a subject line, “Win a pass to email marketing conference in Vegas”. I hadn’t still opened the email when I had fantasized myself standing in Vegas. I was sure I was going to win this competition. I had checked how was the weather going to be in Vegas when I land there, which clothes would I be carrying, where all would I go shopping, what all restaurants and cafes I had to check out and even my Facebook statuses. This particular conference was supposed to happen in a resort called Aria in Vegas. I looked through the pictures on the web and visualized myself standing at the terrace pool and lounge of Aria.

I had thoroughly prepared for a trip that didn’t happen. Then.

Fast forward one year and few days from all of this, I was standing at the terrace pool and lounge of Aria. This was 17th of May, 2016.

12,000 kms away from home, on a solo trip, this was a big deal for me!

Now coming to the recent history, in April 2016, while we were deciding to attend couple of conferences and showcase PushCrew, I got the opportunity to represent PushCrew at Conversion Conversion, Vegas.

I got a one line email that said, “Taruna - you should consider attending.” At times like this, I want to hit the pause button on my imaginary remote control and shout out, “One moment please; I need a dance break!”

The conference in Las Vegas was for 3 days, bang in the middle of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). I decided to extend my trip to add the two weekends, and do a personal trip to New York.

From the date I got a confirmation that I was attending a work conference in Vegas to me landing back in India, every single day could feature as an important one in my biography. I spent 3, quite literal, sleepless nights before my US VISA was approved. My family must have heard me saying, “What if they reject my VISA application?” at least a gazillion times in those 3 days. Between the dates I got my VISA and my flight date, I read up hundreds of articles on “What if I lose my passport with a US VISA 10 days before my trip to US?” Big deal. Big deal.

A lot of work, added to it this freak behavior of mine, I don’t remember sleeping properly a single night for weeks before my trip. Finally when I boarded the plane, I slept in a jiffy. All the music, and the books (over-packed) for this time were also sleeping along. After 14 hours of some wonderful sleep, I landed in New York.

Normal people in a new country look for a cab, hand over the address, sit back, relax, and reach their destination. I was advised against it. I was told to change 3 different trains with 60kgs of myself and 20kgs of my luggage, go up and down a flight of stairs (New York subways don’t have escalators), and ask around for each next step. I didn’t have a phone, I didn’t have internet.

Not very surprisingly, I was lost (Instead of reaching 8th street NY, my destination, I reached 8th avenue) and found my way back too. After much struggle and lot of walking (by my Indian walking standards), I reached my destination at Mark Street. For the next 7 days of my stay at NY, I had my colleague’s apartment to myself and I viewed and savored New York like a localite. I would wake up, get dressed, lock my temporary residence, throw the keys in my hand bag and start walking. Randomly. While randomly walking like this, I saw everything that form part of all the must-see lists in New York. Times Square, Wall Street, Trump Towers, Central Park, Rockefeller Building, Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, World Trade Centre, Brooklyn Bridge, 6D movies, Madam Tussauds, so much art on streets, great breakfast places, supermarkets that sold a hundred different varieties of bread, Statue of Liberty -- I saw it all. Discovering them randomly while I would go on my 20km long walks each day in a randomly chosen direction. Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google Maps, became my faithful companions.

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On the day I had to board my flight to Las Vegas, I went through the same routine - getting lost, changing 3 trains, 60kgs of myself and some kgs of my luggage. No cab again. New Yorkers don’t do cabs. They walk. They take subways. (But they don’t get lost.)

The view from the plane when I was about to land in Vegas was breath-taking. It was the most stunning view I have ever seen. 9:30 PM at night, all I could see when I looked out from my window was lights. Lights of hundreds of different colors, forming different patterns. Not an inch of Las Vegas was not lit up. The airport itself looked like a huge, colorfully lit, casino.

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I reached pretty late and my other colleagues from VWO, US who were also participating in the conference came in even late in night. I had slept in my hotel room by then. We stayed in Rio Grand Hotel and Suites. The next morning after setting up our booth and money-board (in Vegas, we had our own version of a betting game. People had to exchange their business cards for a $2 bill. Some of them got lucky and won a $50 bill. Conference attendees thoroughly enjoyed this gig of ours), we headed to the streets of Vegas. We had some nice feisty lunch and went to some really grand and expensive places. Nothing like I had ever seen in India. In the evening we attended a networking party at another resort, Aria, thrown by one of the companies who had a conference on email marketing.

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I have never been able to small talk. In a group of people, I am the listener types. I can talk and feel comfortable sharing my stories only with a handful of people. But in that networking party, I decided to do what I had gone there for -- to network. I walked up to many different people shared PushCrew’s story, heard their story, exchanged cards and learnt something new and exciting. To start off a conversation, I chose topics ranging from Tinder (yes! :D), my experience in New York, of the stark cultural differences between New York and India, of my first time outside of home, and if nothing else, food! That resonated with almost every body. I soon realized that Americans loved to talk, and theatrically! I learnt how their pitch would go up and down, how they would move their hands, and how each word would be expressed with a different action. It seemed like I was part of an animated movie. So many times, I would just forget listening and be mesmerized in their expressions. (To top that, so many American men were so good-looking!) In a span of the hour and half we stayed there, I managed to talk to 7 different people. Gathering up the courage to walk to them myself. To one of the very good looking men, I even said, “I am new to all this small-talking and networking business.” “Me too!”, he replied and we ended up chatting for good 20 minutes. In my head, I was also thinking business and politely excused myself after setting up a good base for a conversation that I could take up on emails once I was back at work. All this was to prepare myself for the two days at conference.

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After the networking party, I had loosened up a bit. I drummed just one fact in my head, “no one’s judging. If you screw up, nothing will change.”

Next day at conference, I talked to a lot many people who came by our booth. I also opened conversations myself with people who I saw at food and coffee tables and invited them over to our booth. When bored, I would start walking in the sponsor's area and chat up with other sponsors (while also collecting the cool swag :D). The personal biggest achievement was getting a company up and running with PushCrew after the conference had ended. Sweet ending! Here’s a video of them saying nice things about PushCrew and me saying something in my squeaky tone. I always fast-forward that bit. You should too.

During the conference, I talked to around 70 different people. To all the people I approached myself, I would always start with something completely different and then direct the conversation towards PushCrew. One leverage that PushCrew had over other sponsors was that most sponsors’ products had something to do with email marketing. In that crowd, PushCrew naturally stood out. I capitalized on that in almost every conversation I had. I also took a stroll to all other booths, heard their pitches, listened to the questions, and comments the event attendees posed to them and when these same attendees came to visit the PushCrew booth, I already had some context for the conversation.

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During those 2 days at the conference, I absorbed in as much knowledge and insights as I could. Right in front of our booth was a booth of another email marketing solution. The guy from the booth would look at the name of the attendees from the pass hung around their neck, add to it some context of the workshop / session that was happening, and would seamlessly open a conversation with every other person who passed by our booths. With the same statement. Each time. It would go like, “Hey Steve, so how’s Goward’s session going on? Liking it? The guy has some great conversion optimization experience. No?” The most interesting thing was absolutely each person would stop, acknowledge the question, and begin a conversation.

The next morning, I started doing the same! :D

This was one of the many striking things I remember and learnt during those 2 days at conference.

While New York was a culture shock, a liberating experience, Vegas (unlike how it should have been) was full of learnings, insights, and helped me become a better professional. At both these places, I discovered something about me that I didn’t know I was capable of. I came back a more confident person and with a galore of stories for my near and dear ones. Those 10 days in New York were some of the best days of my life so far. I loved each moment of it and I learnt so much. Thanks to Wingify for allowing me to tick off two grand things from my bucket list: A solo trip AND A trip to New York. <3

P.S. No, I didn’t gamble in Vegas. Yes, I did go to a Strip Club.






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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1081238 2016-08-15T03:02:41Z 2016-10-18T10:29:23Z What are they doing when they are not making stuff? They are making stuff at Hackathons!


Two hackers from Wingify attended the ITC 2016 Hackathon. This is their blog about their experience. 

I attended ITC iTech 2015 and had a pretty good experience (and food :P ). The theme was Internet of Things and they gave away a Raspberry Pi to each team. Also, they clearly mentioned that the idea entirely belongs to the team (unlike the Bosch Hackathon, which made us to sign an agreement paper that the idea entirely belongs to them and they weren’t even giving away the kit). 

As expected ITC announced their second annual hackathon - iTech 2016. This year the theme was to build VR/AR prototype/product. Little disappointed with the topic, as the scope is much into software, we started braining storming ideas where VR and AR can be integrated with any hardware product.

After a few brainstorming sessions with Sanjay and two of our friends in Chennai, we finalized OmniPresence Robot as final idea to submit. We took a short video explaining our idea and registered for the hackathon. Few days before the hackathon we received a reply from ITC about our selection for the hackathon along with 40 other teams. 

The idea of the OmniPresence Robot is to mount a camera on the top of the robot. It should be streaming the video feed to the VR headset over wifi and as the user who is wearing the VR headset moves his head, the camera will move on the same direction. Since the video is on the VR headset, it will give an immersive feel and the user will see what the robot see. In an ideal case, the robot can be placed at any remote location with good internet access and the user can sit at his home and pan around the area. To enhanced the experience further, a kinect camera will be kept at the front of the user and as the user moves, the robot will move in the same direction. So the camera in the Omnipresence robot will act as the eyes and the motors will act legs. The control signals are captured based on the movement of head (for the camera) and movement of the body (for the wheels).

On the day of hackathon, the bus reached 4.5 hours late. Sanjay and I reached the campus by 11.45pm but two of our friends already registered for the team. The base of the robot was build in Chennai Makerspace and it has been used for various purposes. Sibi and Karthick, our friends from chennai brought the bot base and they were early. So we had no problem with the registration. The first thing to do with the hackathon was to pitch the idea to the jury panel (which wasn’t there in the previous edition). After that the hackathon started. The hackspace was familiar for me since it was the exact same place as the last year. The place is little congested but it was manageable. You get unlimited coffee, cool drinks, biscuits and chips (limited to ITC products :P).

We divided our work into two parts. Karthick and I started to work on camera motor control and Sibi and Sanjay started to work on wheel control based on body movement. We used HyperIMU app to understand how different sensors on the mobile phone works. It has a very neat features to set the sample rate and UDP protocols. We planned to use Intel Galileo board instead of Raspberry Pi since the logic level of Galileo is 5V which is required for the motor driver. For some reason Galileo stopped working in the while connecting wires. The same happened in the previous hackathon for my friends. Finally we ended up using the Raspberry Pi with logic level converter. We used Gyroscope’s Y axis value to calculate the Yaw of the head. Initially we were trying to calculate the slope (differentiating) and peak to calculate the speed and angle of rotation. Later we realized that the Gyroscope’s reading are angular velocity readings and differentiating it would simply gives acceleration not angular displacement. So we integrated the readings to get the angular displacement. The speed of the head rotation and camera motor speed were not in exact sync since there were some delay and losses in sending the data. There were some drifting (like a steady state error) but that didn’t affect the experience much. This was around 3 o clock I guess. By the same time Sanjay and Sibi almost finished the body tracking with kinect and it was great. Stepping one step forward will move the robot forward.

We had a good lunch the next day. And then starts the judging and so the unexpected problems. Suddenly the smoothness in the camera motor was not there when people started using it. Also we were sitting near the window and the sunlight started affecting the kinect. As a bonus to all these problem, people at the start were moving a lot and the kinect started tracking all of them. As a rule of thumb, we didn’t edit the code to correct these problem, but we tried to fix it by avoiding these disturbance (and we couldn’t). We demoed the prototype to the jury panel and it went ok.

After that they were having startup showdown before announcing the result. It was lengthy and (boring) so we played foosball and slept most of the time. And then the results were announced. They selected top 5 teams to present their ideas on the stage (we weren’t one of them). After that they announced that they will be giving away 25k for some teams which had good ideas. And the first team was us. Some money to compensate the travel cost :P They were also giving away goodies like last year but little less this time. Sure, I will attend the hackathon next year. Still one of the best hackathons.


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1080646 2016-08-12T07:18:54Z 2017-02-27T05:30:20Z Akansh's journey from internship to working full time @Wingify!

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain and difficulty”- This quote from Theodore Roosevelt correlates with my success in getting the internship at Wingify.   

First meet with Wingify

I never knew that attending a single conference at Wingify will inspire me to work for this company. Maybe it's the first sight that added so much positivity about the place. It was not my first meet, and I even don't remember the name of the conference. However, from that day, I started following the company and somehow tried my best to visit the office again. I applied for an internship opportunity in the third year of college but got rejected after the telephonic interview. Though I was disappointed, but I tried to work on my weak points; and finally, I got a chance once again during the fourth year.

Fortunately, I was selected as an intern. I managed both college and internship simultaneously, as two months of college were yet to be completed. Thanks to the engineering Lead, Ankit Jain, and my mentor, Himanshu Kapoor, who allowed me to work from home whenever I had practicals or exams.

Moving from Windows to Linux

Yes, I never realised why people switch to Linux when Windows has all the functionalities and Ubuntu lacks rich graphics. I realised the importance of Linux when I started using industry-level tools. The hunt started for finding the right Linux distros and finally, I landed on Elementary OS - It’s better than Ubuntu graphics - wise, although its performance and packages are similar to Ubuntu. I realised that Git, Grunt and Bower commands work pretty well in Linux than in Windows.

Choosing a project

I was given a list of available projects, and my mentor shared the whereabouts of proceeding with each project. I started my work on the support system for the VWO application, as currently, this is done only over emails. Although we use a third-party service, but it will be much easier for customers to access the support system within the application instead of using a mail service.

We finalised the MEAN stack for this module and used a third-party API. There is a limitation of API calls, so we also added a cache mechanism in the application by storing the already accessed data in MongoDB. After various meetings with the support team, reporting manager, company's CTO and mentor, we have finally developed the application and soon it will be passed on to the testing team.

Experience of a project

The stack was new to me, and I never worked on NodeJS before, but the 3.5 months actually made me realise that MEAN stack is much smoother and efficient stack. Everybody in the company supported and appreciated the work. Whenever I was stuck in achieving a functionality, I always received guidance from my mentor. I became more familiar with industry-level automation tools like Grunt and Bower and learnt to work collaboratively, using GitHub. The internship stint went really well, lot of learning definitely, smiling faces and you will always find helping hands for any problem.

Food and Parties at Wingify

Working at Wingify is also amazing because of the food and perennially available stacks of snacks and drinks. The quality of lunch that Wingify provides is many times better than what I used to have at my hostel mess. In addition, pizza parties, lavish parties in restaurants, etc. are pretty common in Wingify.  

Summing up experience

At Wingify, everyone wholeheartedly contributes to the growth of the company. It is a pleasure to work with great minds with loads of knowledge. The focus is on achieving the common end objective through mutual support while maintaining a congenial environment. I’m looking forward to an extended stint here while contributing to organizational and my growth.

That's my experience summed up in pictures !

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1078945 2016-08-05T05:51:08Z 2017-02-27T05:30:12Z Tasdik talks about his internship experience at Wingify!

As I am sitting here at the Delhi Airport waiting for my flight back to Chennai, I could just not stop myself from thinking about my time as an intern back at Wingify which ended last week. Here’s what I wrote down after getting carried way with several cups of coffee (thanks for luring me with that smell costa coffee)

So here it is then! 

Day 1

It was 5 o'clock in the morning and I was quite drowsy. Reason being the all nighter I pulled the other night for the last exam of our end sems. **phew**

Here I was at the Delhi airport just a day after my semester exams, ready to start with my internship. Talk about eagerness here!

A small part of me was also happy that I was moving out of Chennai! (at least for some time)

Joined them the next day in their main office at the heart of NSP, Delhi.

Now I was naturally excited to work in a company which had grown and become one of the best startups in India in such a short span of time. On top of that, this was my first internship in a well-established product based start-up and I was hoping that I could learn all that I could and perform in accordance to their standards.

I was introduced to Ankit Jain (Lead software Engineer at Wingify) and Ajay Sharma (Senior Software Engineer) by my HR. We had a brief chat where I was told I would be working with the Backend Development team for VWO, their flagship product.

Talking about VWO, it's the world's easiest A/B testing tool. And we are quite good (read "The Best") at it! The month before I joined, we had monthly sales crossing a little over 1 million dollars.

After getting up and ready with my development environment, I was given my first project.

Integration of Statsd and graphite (Project #1)

StatsD collects and aggregates metrics and then ships them off to Graphite which stores the time-series data and enables us to render graphs based on these data.

Graphite consists of three parts.

carbon - a daemon that listens for time-series data.

whisper - a simple database library for storing time-series data.

webapp - a (Django) webapp that renders graphs on demand.

The setting up of the the overall stack was a bit archaic but I finally got it right and the metrics for our internal service were being graphed correctly by Graphite. And they looked pretty too!

Coming back, the service on which we integrated StatsD and graphite runs on several servers. So while plotting the graphs we wanted to know the server from where the stats are being pushed on to the buckets of statsd. Well that was much about it.

Bumblebee - An experimental slack bot VWO (Project #2)

Wingify has this culture of organizing hackathons at the end of every month, where people from the engineering team come together to hack on something which they want to see at VWO.

To be honest, I was quite clueless on what to build for the first half an hour or so and after a little nudge from Ankit I decided upon bumblebee. Bumblebee makes use of the beautiful VWO API to provide functionalities (if not all) to the VWO account holder right at the comfort of his slack channel. Like you can get details of all the campaigns of your account, check their status (whether they are running, paused et el). Update status to Start/Stop/Pause a particular campaign. Share your campaign with someone else and some more things.

It was written in python and Ankit was too kind to let me open source it. Here is the link for the curious.

https://github.com/wingify/bumblebee

Optimization much? (Project #3)

My 3rd project revolved around optimization of an internal service. I had to increase the efficiency (read performance). I implemented some rough 3 approaches and the last one bumped the performance by up to 23.6%. I could have tried for dropping it down further to a lower one but sadly the end to my internship was looming around the corner so I dropped it. And that was the 3rd and the last project I did as an intern at Wingify.

How was my experience?

My experience? I loved it there!

- Solving hard engineering problems. Check

- Extremely talented engineering team. Check

- Approachable mentors. Check

- Awesome Work Culture. Check

- Delhi :P. Check

Jokes apart. I made some really good friends back there and learned a ton from everyone. I am proud that I was part of a team which is building something which people love and has an impact on thousands of customers.

So what now?

Looking back at the time when I received a call from Nupur about my acceptance as an intern at Wingify. I was thinking about whether to join it over the other 6-7 odd companies which accepted my application as a summer intern. After the two months that I have spent here at Wingify, I now believe that I did just the right thing on choosing Wingify over others!

Until next time Delhi!

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1078891 2016-08-04T22:50:49Z 2016-12-29T20:44:18Z Which books does a writer read? PushCrew's resident writer answers the question for us.

A couple weeks back, we wrote about the books that our CEO read in the first half of 2016. After publishing the post, it wasn't hard to figure that our readers not only loved that collection, they came forward and asked us to showcase more reading list recommendations from other #booknerds at Wingify. 

So I turned to our resident writer, Sairam Krishnan, to enquire about the books he read in the first half of 2016. Sairam is currently writing a book on the history of Pondicherry, his hometown and heads marketing initiatives at PushCrew. As I got talking to Sairam, he mentioned how a writer has to manage time between reading and producing his own work. Reading, for a writer, is not an undertaking purely for pleasure, it is often, the very fuel for his craft. 

So, here it is. Books that he has read and liked in 2016 (so far).

1. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

I'm coming to Vonnegut late, and I didn't know what to expect at all. But I think I'll have to read more of him to figure out how he executes the simplicity of prose he achieved here. This is a powerful story, rich in sidesteps and about-turns, and its effectiveness lies in the way it's told, sharpened for maximum impact. You read a sentence, and before you understand the bigness of its idea, it's already in your head. This is extraordinary writing.

2. Everybody's Friend - Raghu Karnad

The Bodley Head Prize runner up that became the author's first book, Farthest Field, this is a superb curtain-raiser to the book.

3. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King

This is an essential addition to any writer's table, and should be read in full at least twice a year, so we never forget why we chose to put pen to paper in the first place. And the hows in it don't hurt either.

4. A Wish A Day for a Week - Amartya Sen 

 A perfect bite-sized introduction to the respected economist's beliefs and ideas for India's future path, this little Kindle single is a must read.

5. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis

This, ultimately is the soul of Michael Lewis' book. A group of smart, brave people can at times screw a corrupt system, and come out on top. But in the long run, remember, it's a casino. The house is rigged in its own favour. 
The house always wins.

6. The Believer - Michael McCants

A brief essay that narrates the intriguing rise to power of the 'caliph' of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and an important addition to the reading material about ISIS and its ideology.

5. The Unhurried City: Writings on Madras - CS Lakshmi (Editor)

The poems (though some of them have been translated without soul) were beautiful, representative, and immensely enjoyable. So too the stories. The only gripe I have about that section is that it ended too soon. Surely a few more stories translated from the Tamil masters would have given this book more weight.

In all, still an important addition to an Indian reader's bookshelf, but I can't help but feel that this could've been so much better.

6. Lake Wobegon Days - Garrison Keillor

A blurb at the back of my edition says that the book is "..really good company." I agree; there are few better compliments for a book.

7. Where the Rain is Born: Writings about Kerala - Anita Nair (Editor)

It's only about 300 or so pages, this anthology, but it feels like a lot more, and by the time you're done, you've been to a world and back. That's what any literature of place aims to do, and that's what this book achieves gloriously. Next time you are going to Kerala, take this book with you.

8. Murder in Melur - Stuart Blackburn

A novel of this quality should be read and enjoyed more, and I hope that, with time, it gets the larger readership it deserves. Very highly recommended.

9. Teresa’s Man, and Other Stories from Goa - Damodar Mauzo

In all, a rather good read. A shout-out to the cover design, though. I sought out Archana Sreenivasan after, and followed her on Instagram. Will be watching her work in the future.

10. A Little Learning: The First Volume of an Autobiography - Evelyn Waugh

11. The Smile of Murugan: A South Indian Journey - Michael Wood

This book deserves to be read more, and can even act as an introduction to modern, cut-off-from-their-roots Tamils to their own culture. I'll certainly do my share of evangelising it.

12. An Atlas of Impossible Longing - Anuradha Roy

I have been a fan of Roy's for some time, having read her in bits and pieces on Tumblr, Facebook and so on, and I suppose that part of me was satisfied. She is undeniably gifted, with a knack of the gasp-inducing moment, and an enviable eye for metaphor. The title, when it appears in the novel, is one such moment: The words evoke more than a scene. Fiction starts to mean something.

But when parts of a novel makes a reader like me, who really wanted to love it, bored enough to want to jump forward, maybe there's just a little bit wrong with it.

Nevertheless, it is still a rather beautiful novel, and a pleasure to read for the most part.

13. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

The only comment I have to make here, for a writer whose work doesn't really need reviewing, is that his genius is on the level of the sentence. This isn't something I have been blown away only in this book; I first saw it in American Gods. You start a sentence, read it thinking you know what's coming, because you've read dozens of books. You've read Stephen King, you've read Terry Brooks. You know, right? Wrong. With Gaiman, you don't. The sentence tells you something so outrageous, so unexpected, that you wait a second, read it again, think, and are stunned. And then you smile. It is this quality to his art, this performance in miniature, that I envy most. And as everyone well knows, he has a lot many qualities to envy.

14. Red River, Blue Hills - Ankush Saikia

I've tried hard to touch upon all the things that made an impression on me in this book, without spoiling the story or the plot for anyone reading. I enjoyed it tremendously, as I said, and I hope it gets the wider readership it deserves. In an age of shitty romance novels and extraordinarily bad writing, that India has writers of the calibre and ambition of Saikia is something to be celebrated.

15. The Startup of You - Reid Hoffman

16. Falling off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World - Pico Iyer

A lovely collection of Pico Iyer's travel pieces for various magazines, brought together under a theme that is intriguing, and immensely relatable. Pico Iyer's introductory essay to the book is extraordinary writing, and I will come back to it again and again.

17. Fatherland - Robert Harris

Berlin, 1964. What if Hitler had won?

As far as questions go, there are few more spine-tingling than the above. And though we can all try to theorise, how much can we really see of the world that would have resulted in? We are novices, we don't know enough. But what can a scholar do with that question, a scholar who knows this world well, has studied it, has written about it, and understands well what a German victory would have meant? Wouldn't his answer possibly produce something extraordinary, a peek into a state that was born from pure evil?

18. A House in Pondicherry - Lee Langley

19. Lisey’s Story - Stephen King

I can see why it's regarded as one of King's best. Some of the things in here are pure genius. Just that it didn't work for me. Which is sad for me, and not at all for the book.

20. The Song of Achilles - Madeleine Miller

At its heart, though, The Song of Achilles is a love story. And like the greatest love stories, it is destined for heartbreak and doom. Miller's book may do many things, but what it does not do is trivialise feeling. The climax is heart-wrenchingly, breathtakingly beautiful: The image of a stricken Achilles saying Patroclus's name over and over as he cradles the dead body in his arms stays with you.

21. Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece - Patrick Leigh Fermor

I'm filing this away to come back to, perhaps after a primer of Greek history and geography, and maybe even after Fermor's earlier books, so I can read this with even more comprehension and delight.

22. Sleeping on Jupiter - Anuradha Roy

Didn't work for me, and I can't really explain why. Maybe the characters, and the events/coincidences that take the narrative along, lacked the depth necessary to tell a story of such emotional weight. This is a personal take, though. The novel is critically acclaimed, and is loved by many. Perhaps you will too.

23. The Ghosts of Meenambakkam - Aahokamitran

As my father nears retirement, he maintains a voluminous collection of stories/essays/travelogues cut out from the extraordinary number of Tamil magazines he buys. There is a whole folder dedicated to Ashokamitran, and its lovingly annotated pages indicated to me the stature of this writer I have only come to discover in English. This, then, is the only gripe I have - a personal sense of shame that I can only read the great masters of my own language in English. I intend to change that soon, but in the meantime, I'm thankful for these translations.

Very highly recommended.

24. A Bend in the River - VS Naipaul (currently reading)

Do you see a pattern in Sai's reading? What kind of books do you like to read? Let us know if you'd like us to share your reading list too. 


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1076850 2016-07-28T09:44:52Z 2017-01-12T10:36:34Z PushCrew’s visit to Online Retailer Conference, Sydney

Last week, four Wingifighters returned from their 3-day trip to Sydney, Australia, where VWO and PushCrew were participating. 

It was Shubham's first visit to Australia and being a self-confessed newbie to conferences, he had quite a few memorable experiences. Here is the post on his experience attending the Online Retailer Conference. 

So I was given an opportunity to represent PushCrew@Online Retailer Conference, Sydney. I had never been to Australia before - the only two things I could closely relate to were the Kangaroos ( all salesmen need a big pouch to store big money from big enterprises. ;) ) and the boxing day test matches between India and Australia which I had grown up watching.


I had the option to travel to Australia via Ma****ian Airlines but didn't want to spend time in the other part of the world so I chose the safer option (pun intended). Like the life of a technology startup’s sales guy, the journey just had to be Zig-Zag - I traveled north from Pune to Delhi, went west to Abu-Dhabi and then finally landed in Sydney. 

On reaching Sydney, we met Disha (CSM VWO) and Bhavan (Sales VWO) and most of the night went on listening about their experiences of Melbourne and clients visits. Disha even got a parting gift. (wish I was a CSM :P)

Day0: So just a day before the conference , we had to go for setting up the booth and that's when I realised how much of an effort it is to set up an event of this scale but kudos to the guys at the conference. These guys were hardcore professionals and that's when I realised the concept of 5S.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5S_(methodology)

After setting up the booth, we headed out to Bondi Beach. It was a mesmerising experience.  A very clean and calm beach with surfers. I have to soon try out surfing but first I need to learn how to swim like a pro. :) We also met Andy (VWO US) at the beach and headed out to Darling harbour for dinner. Post dinner, Andy, Bhavan and I had a discussion about the conference over a frame of pool.

P.S: You need to have a good appetite to finish up the portions that were served.

The D-Day: Conference started with a rainy day. Andy, my personal mentor, and RedBull, helped me understand quite a bit on how to approach delegates. Speaking to these conference delegates was a great experience. The great thing about an event of such scale is that you meet so many people with different ideas, different use-cases and different objectives which they wish to implement on the same product. Interacting with them gave me great exposure in understanding the deeper goals and challenges a business entity has. This will help Pushcrew immensely in providing them the most appropriate solution.

In the evening we headed out to an all Australian burger bar accompanied by a suicide sauce ( not that spicy for an Indian ) which I loved personally. 

Day 3: Last day at the conference was bursting at the seams with people and we ended up talking to a lot of prospects. Our handmade purses as a giveaway gift were welcomed by people with arms wide open.

We also got an invitation for an after party from one of the exhibitors but we ended up at Sydney Opera house. (most awaited moment) All of us were awestruck with the view. Love for desserts took us to KOI! Fan Moment :P 

The night ended with some ghost stories and school/college time memories.Next day,  Disha and Bhavan headed to Brisbane for a couple of meetings wherein Kalyani and I bid adieu to Australia and headed back home :)


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1074748 2016-07-21T12:53:12Z 2016-11-24T11:13:51Z Books our CEO has read in the first half of 2016

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

Books are our best friends here at Wingify and we take our friends quite seriously! Our Founder and CEO, Paras lives and breathes books. Quite a bibliophile, there's hardly a day when he doesn't read. So we took to his twitter account to make a list of all the books he's read in the first half of 2016. 

These are the 26 books Paras managed to read in the first 6 months of 2016

1. Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo

Note: Interesting #book but not very cohesive. A bit rambling

2. The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen 

Note: Good management at big companies leads to downfall. What an excellent #book. Worth reading twice

3. The Big Picture by Sean Carroll 

Contains almost everything worthwhile to know about a lot of stuff. LOVE this #book. Please buy and read today.

4. Economic philosophy by Joan Robinson

Couldn't read the entire #book (skipped last chapter). This is meta commentary on history of economic thought.

5. The Air Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller

This 1964 edition is my dad's copy. Miller writes beautifully and this #book describes America of 1940s.

6. Execution: the discipline of getting things done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan

An OK #book with some insight. Biggest learning: shameless confrontation of reality is the topmost trait.

7. An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins

What a wonderful #book to finish in Leh. Candid and inspiring story behind one of my favourite scientists.

8. Principles by Ray Dalio

This #book goes in my re read list. An absolute gem.

9. The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Wow, well written. So fascinated by Amazon. This #book is a must read.

10. The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch 

Been waiting to read and finish this #book. A fantastic explanation that makes a lot of sense. Highly recommended

11. More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby 

What a fantastic #book. Highly recommended

12. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson 

@jonronson writes lucidly. This #book is recommended.

13. Minecraft - real inside story by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson 

Well written. Short and sweet #book

14. Programming The Universe by Seth Llyod 

I wish there was more structure in this #book. Great insights but not very tightly written.

15. Them by Jon Ronson

Nothing like finishing a #book on a holiday. Very funny book about conspiracy theoriests.

16. Trigger Warning by Mick Hume

Wow, what a #book. Shattered so many myths about free speech. Highly recommended.

17. Theory of Nothing by Russell K. Standish 

Wow, this #book packs a lot. Got recommendation from Tegmark's Mathematical Universe. Requires re reading.

18. More Fool Me by Stephen Fry

Humorous but couldn't finish the #book. A bit of a drag in the end and too long.
 
19. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson 

Interesting topic in this #book. Social media amplifies human emotions - both good and bad.

20. The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard

Had high hopes with this #book but couldn't finish. Very bland writing.

21. Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark

Deeply unsettling, yet exceedingly beautiful #book. Highly recommend reading it twice.

22. From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll 

What a magnificent #book. I will highly recommend it.

23. The Brain Electric by Malcolm Gay

I wish this #book had more science.

24. The Man in High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Alternative history where Germany and Japan won world war 2. Interesting #book but could have been exhaustive

25. Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott

Very insightful #book on how theory of evolution was perhaps inevitable. Written like a novel, a page turner.

26. The Heat and Dust Project by Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha 

What a start of the year, what a delightful #book

Which books have you read and enjoyed in these 6 months?
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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1074690 2016-07-21T09:40:41Z 2016-10-13T16:44:38Z Nikhil's recital: What it's like to intern @Wingify?

In May this year, I started my internship at Wingify, and they just crushed my old belief of internships! This was my first time interning at a big company like Wingify and I have never learned as much in 2 months. Before joining as an intern, I had offers for internship and I was very confused about which one to join. At last, after discussing it with my seniors, I joined Wingify and, now, I think it was the right decision. This is a radical place. The culture and the environment gives you new enthusiasm to towards your work or should I say, the chilling environment of the office can make even a depressed person get the best out of himself, though I am not :P.

I was the first intern to start here, this summer, followed by twelve more interns. On the first day at work place, I reached at 10:00 a.m. as I was not aware of the flexible timings. After a while, the HR came to my seat and introduced me with my mentor. And within a short period of time, people were talking with me very frankly as if I had been working for them for quite a while.

My work here mainly included Backend Development and VWO Chrome Extension Development In VWO App, they provide a feature called 'Plan' to users, in which a user can create Observations for their tests and can attach Hypotheses to the observations. In this, I was given the task of building a feature which could upload multiple hypotheses and observations simultaneously which will solve the problem of creating one hypothesis and observation at a single time. This in turn, would provide user a nice planning experience and also let's him import his existing data to the feature. I also worked on the VWO Chrome Extension with no experience in extensions development. 

Apart from work, there were quite many activities like monthly Hackathons, Company Camp, Wingify Talkies and much more, which easily attracts all the enthusiastic techies. 

The atmosphere is so exciting and cool or I should say they made it. Also, in the shadow of huge experienced people, one can learn and explore any technology right from the beginning. But the best part of it was not only the work, it was about party, jokes and importantly being friendly towards your colleagues and passionate about your work. This place and internship taught how to be you and know your potential.

The most satisfying thing about the internship was that I was fully involved in the company's operations and not treated separately, like interns elsewhere. The learning experience I earned owing to this was invaluable. I picked up a lot of things in relatively short time, and gained valuable insights into not only our own sector, but also the other sectors. I got considerable exposure and, now, well equipped to make a decision on how to proceed from here onwards.

Interning with Wingify was a wonderful learning experience. It is a great place to work and party hard \m/.

That's me, Nikhil Mehandiratta!

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1073961 2016-07-19T03:24:17Z 2016-10-29T00:04:44Z A Wingifighter's account of speaking & listening at the JSChannel

It's been accounts of all fun and play on this blog for quite some time. Fun and play, while a dear part of our culture, doesn't complete the picture. Everyone at Wingify is expected to push towards being the best in what they do. And when you are pushing yourself to be the best, its a good idea to learn from the best in the field. 

Attending tech conferences is a good way to ignite some fresh ideas and sustain the love for our craft. Last week, Bangalore hosted JSChannel, one of the most sought after JS conferences in India. JSChannel hosted 'best of the bests' speakers in JS Community along with expert JS trainers in workshop/live-coding sessions.

Wingifighters weren't ready to give up on this opportunity and off they went. Both to talk and to listen. Here is the experience of Rachit, as he recollected his two days of learning. 

DAY ONE: Three Wingifighters (Dheeraj, Rachit, Himanshu) were ready for the two-day learning with lot of fun.'Ember.js' creator Yehuda Katz the key note speaker was the best start that you can expect from a conference for the first day. The key note was packed with insights about Ember js like new rendering engine (Glimmer 2.0) is on the way, Ember-CLI is evolving. This was followed by a very interesting live node JS debugging by Dave Kerr. He showed the full utility of node-inspector like live reloading feature. He was seriously a funny guy :P and cracked some serious bad jokes. We broke out for lunch after these sessions.



Second half of the first day began with the most awaiting talk for the day WEBGL by Farhad Ghayour. That was my first experience with 3D world in programming. And the good thing is that it was also live coding event. We build 3D 2048 game step by step with all the nitty gritty.

First day ended with the very interesting talk by OYO rooms CTO Ajay Shrivastava on how to utilize Agile for the best. The topic was 'Aggresive Agile with well lubrication'. He told us about how to focus on solving problem instead of blaming on others. As we all know running on water and development is easy if things are frozen first. So he told us about the solver team which include people from each domain (Designer, Product manager, Business analyst, Developer and Tester) and the mission is to solve the problem. A small problem is assigned to them and all of the them are responsible for solving the problem from the beginning. In this kind of approach each and every person is equally responsible for the end result and people cannot blame on each other.

DAY TWO: Second day started with the Lea Verou talk that actually told us about how to write good API's, flaws in current API system and how to write self explanatory API's. It was basically the discussion of simple and elegant way of writing your API so that developer don't need to look into it again because we all know "code is written once and read many times".

Second talk of the day was given by Pavithra Kodmad about the WEBPACK with detailed example. It also include the comparison of various tools like gulp, grunt and lot of others.

Then came the most awaited talk for the second day by our Wingifighter, Dheeraj Joshi on 'Securing your web application'. It was his first experience but he actually rocked the stage. He showed lot of good demos about CSRF, XSS attacks. And also shows us live hacking on the real website which was fascinating. After the lunch there was another talk on the DESIGN CONSCIOUSNESS by Dave Hoffer which included the workshop on how actually you should think in terms of design. The day ended with the live coding by Erik Rasmussen which showed us how to use 'Redux-form' step by step guide. He showed us how we evolve in terms of submitting the form from  refreshing the page by sending the complete control of the page to the server to the React-Redux form submission without even disturbing the user experience.

 

Find the speaker deck of Dheeraj's talk here--> Secure your web application by Dheeraj Joshi
If this doesn't whet the nerdappetite, please head over to our engineering blog to learn more about our engineering craft culture.

Signing off with a happy picture where Himanshu cracked a bad joke with Pablo Picasso. 



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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1073662 2016-07-18T05:17:15Z 2016-07-18T05:21:42Z Wingify runners at The Great India Run!

After multiple rain checks, the third Sunday of July saw the occurrence of 'The Great India Run'. The event had lot of interesting twists from rechedules to cancellation of the 21 K run at the eleventh hour. But our Wingify runners know that there's nothing like training and tuning the body and showed unfaltering enthusiasm. Here's a post run picture of our runners:)

Until the next run!

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1072352 2016-07-13T07:35:26Z 2016-07-13T07:37:45Z Sales team camps at Tiger Camps!

Corbett, the name rings many bells - Tigers, Jungles, Safaris, and what not. That’s what the folks in Sales chose. Having a penchant for making outings memorable, they didn’t disappoint this time. Beating the heat with more heat!

Off they went, in cliques of 4 - 14 bleary-eyed travelers, grunting & scowling at the ungodly hour the journey had to start (4AM!)

With 4 talented drivers, varied song playlist (from Calvin Harris to Chikni Chameli), ample amounts of fluids, and the “very healthy” McD breakfast, they covered the 7 hour journey within 5.

Choose the Tiger Resort (unlawfully so) as their abode for the next two days, it was a quaint place located in a serene location. With comfortable rooms, lovely pathways (see pic - courtesy Anmol), and a welcoming staff, it felt like anyone’s dream away from home.

Excited and tired, the team looked for the pool to beat the scorching heat. However, besides a dried up river stream (another story), they couldn't find anything. The so-called swimming pool was full of sweaty construction workers and not the bikini-clad women they were expecting!

Disappointed and hungry, they went to the restaurant area hoping the food will be better.

The Food - And Boy they were not disappointed!

Lip-Smacking, Luscious, Succulent - words cannot define the divine offerings those waiters clad in white, served them!

Using copious amounts, the ravenously hungry team gouged down every single inchling of food, so that something could sooth their ever-hungry palate (Too verbose, yes I ate a dictionary for breakfast! :P)

Talk of upturned fortunes! They finally got a pool! Tough negotiators in Sales they are, Raj & Himanshu got them a great deal on a pool in a nearby resort - free of cost of course

All dressed up in trunks and shades, the Sharks went swimming! :D (Picture below)

While Vibhuti played the DJ, Anmol sent tsunami waves with his swimming! After a game of some sort of volleyball, the team could finally chill out!

Safari time - eager to see some tigers, all geared up in shorts & sneakers, the team split in two jeeps and started the excruciatingly long journey into the forest

The excitement ebbed away when all they could see were jackals, barking deers, paw marks.. and even ...  Jaguars (cough.. Rohit)

Afterwards, Bhavan took matters into his hands and called the team together for a nice game of cricket, although picking a knock himself!

Hookah, Late night misadventures & the Australian wallet

Post sunset, when theres not much to do in the forest, the team took to Drinks & Hookah (Courtesy - Varunesh & Kushal), and started their own little party. If the endless jokes by Bharat aka PP (no we're not going to share what it means) were not enough, a select group of people thought of exploring the unknown.

High as a cloud they started their own night time safari near the deserted river stream. Under the stars, in complete darkness, it was like another world. Rightly said by Friedrich Nietzsche “If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you”! Under the stars and open Skies, they spoke of love, life and death!

How can a trip be complete without a little faux pas? So a certain someone, lost a certain wallet! But by the grace of Mohammed (not the god, but the guy who found it), the wallet (known to be of Australian origins) was shipped back to its owner!

All in all, another day in the life of a sales guy - Exciting, Risky, and Unpredictable! 

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1071625 2016-07-11T07:01:57Z 2016-07-13T07:13:31Z Friday camp spoiling for Wingify Pune

With multiple products and fast iterations, this month, like every other month was hectic. Monthly camps at Wingify provide not just a window for reflection on what has happened that month, it also gives us some time to come together and play our favourite games and get indulged a bit. 

This friday, we partnered with Cologne, a natural spa, to arrange for relaxing head massages for everyone at Wingify Pune. 

As Friday evening drew closer, their 7 member crew welcomed people to enjoy a head massage, sitting in the comfort of the office. Needless to say, everyone who emerged after the massage looked super sleepy and had a wide grin of relaxation throughout the evening. 

Did you say pictures or it didn't happen? Here are a few.


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1071613 2016-07-11T06:20:27Z 2016-07-11T06:20:27Z Wingify runners get bitten by the Pune monsoon bug

In the last post, we celebrated Wingify Runners, a small and growing cult within Wingify. You know what they say about passion being infectious, don't you? Rachit, one of the members is now working from our Pune office and he decided to take advantage of the gorgeously green western ghats. This saturday, lads from Pune team ran the Pune Monsoon Running (10k) marathon. 

Some were painfully unaware of their bodies and some were quite jubilant on overcoming them. I've heard running does that to you. 

Here's to running a long distance, together.

 

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1054554 2016-05-23T04:11:42Z 2016-07-04T13:02:44Z Wingify's first run in a midnight marathon

Gurgaon, recently named back to its original name, Gurugram, hosted its first midnight marathon. A lot of Wingifighters ran their first marathon and successfully finished it. 

Running marathons is slowly gaining street cred at Wingify and Sandeep Singh, our PM is the backbone of it. 

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.” 

― Christopher McDougallBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Here are a few pictures that capture the first milestone of Wingify Runners. 

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1019107 2016-03-28T10:59:35Z 2016-07-17T21:33:28Z Beer + Bhaang + Bhangra = Wholly Celebrated at Wingify

It turned out to be an evening of overindulgence – too much dance, too much color, way too much booze. But much before the madness peaked, everyone was already in the groove for Holi celebrations, turning up in carefree clothes and faded whites. The office too was done up beautifully in colorful décor.

The dhol-beats set the pace as everyone let their hair down.

Besides all the razzmatazz, we also had a bunch of games going on. What got the most volunteers? (Beer) Golgappa competition. 

The party-nosh was all about street food. We binged on pakoras, golgappas and sweets.

And the fun continues…

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1020850 2016-03-28T10:14:43Z 2016-07-14T14:35:46Z International Women's Day @ the Wingify office

We are committed to the success of women as a company and this women's day we made it extra special for the lovely women who are a part of Wingify's journey.

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1018302 2016-03-23T04:59:25Z 2016-06-17T11:40:49Z Wingify Pune caught in classic holi romps

Holi is unbearably close and we can't be immune to this festival that celebrates fun and play in all beautiful forms. 

On Tuesday, 22nd March, Wingify Pune gave in to all the classic holi romps and frolic. Rahul, our go-to guy for all the fun things organised a wide ground for us to go all out and go all out we did. 

Games played: Tug of war & Musical chairs 

Childishness level: Over 9000

Fun and laughter: Over the moon

Here are the pictures.



Humans of tug

Musical chairs for the 20+ year olds :)

And some more lovely pictures 

Holi hai!

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/1017809 2016-03-22T06:00:38Z 2016-03-22T06:07:19Z Wingify Pune's overnight camp at Shirota lake


Wingify's move to Pune has been a pleasant one so far. We started with a handful of members and grew to 25 in three months. 

Most of us coming from Delhi have found the evenings in Pune quite delightful. Our office is at the centre of the coolest parts of Pune, with microbreweries and pubs surrounding us. That will also explain the beer bellies we quickly got ourselves. 

However, Pune is also home to a lot of hardwork that multiple teams are putting in. We are experimenting with ideas at a break neck pace and are constantly busy with work. The past weekend, we decided to calm our senses in the company of some breathtaking views. 

On Saturday, March 19th, we hopped on a bus, armed ourselves with music and beer and lurched forward to Shirota lake at Lonavala. 

We reached a meeting point about 2 hours later, where some team members decided to trek the 10 Kilometer path to Shirota. Most were not willing to indulge in any kind of exercise, so we hopped onto rusty Sumo cars that drove us uphill to the campsite. 

Here are the pictures, of both the serene lake and the histrionics that accompanied it. 

What the images don't convey is the endless chatter around barbecue and bonfire and the amazing memories we all made. 

To more such beautiful times together!

via GIPHY

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/995304 2016-02-17T10:56:48Z 2016-02-19T08:13:26Z Who let the Wolves Out??

What happens when you let the ever-hungry (for business ;)) sales team out in the open with paint-filled guns? Utter chaos ensues! The team went to “The Paintball Co.”, located in a small suburb of Gurgaon sector 31.Dressed up in fatigues and scary masks, the otherwise charming women looked menacing enough (Charu & Sonam :D)

After heavy firing (no friendly fires, I tell you that much), drenched in paint and dirt, the team ventured out to greener pastures (for drinks and dinner). Pictures from the fun evening.

Next Stop: Underdogs Sports Bar located in Sector-43, Gurgaon The sales team ditched the India-Sri Lanka T20 match for some sporty fun at the Underdogs Sports Bar. Be it Pool, Jenga, Foosball, or Darts, the team left no spot unexplored and no game unchallenged. Bhavan and Vibhuti’s amazing Jenga team was enough to take the attention away from their awful pool skills. Kushal & Anmol battled it out in Foosball (and had their own who-could-run-the-bar-out-of-Mojitos competition going on.) 

Pravash and Bhuvan did try arm wrestling, before the table crumbled under their “Dhai-Dhai Kilo Ke Haath”Rohit, Bharat, and Deepak couldn’t get enough of the drinks; Sanjay, Shashank and Arjun were busy gulping down copious amount of food - all this under Raj’s beaming glance, playing the gratuitous host, as usual.


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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/979472 2016-01-28T09:48:01Z 2017-03-22T08:23:04Z Wingify Sports Day 2016!

"Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honourably, loose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble." And, Wingify Sports Day held on 22nd January 2016, was the opportunity to demonstrate just that. Here is a sneak peek into all the fun and fervour.

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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/965748 2016-01-07T11:38:27Z 2016-01-07T19:20:59Z Wingify's annual vacation in Malaysia!

Most of us weren’t quite acquainted with the place before, but now that we’ve been there, Langkawi has turned out to be a cherished experience. Some laid-back time spent in the company of beautiful beaches, bountiful beer, and fresh sea-food gave us long-lasting jolts of pleasure. Here’s a throwback from the trip gone by, in pictures.


Until next time.......
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tag:team.wingify.com,2013:Post/964884 2016-01-06T10:18:53Z 2016-01-06T11:15:19Z Virtual reality@Wingify!

Virtual reality live through the eyes of Wingify's latest gadget - Gear VR! Check out our employees awestruck by the latest technology wonder.


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