Collaborative work management platform, Wrike, has made several recent announcements; shoring up their European offering with a new office in Prague in the Czech Republic and also announcing their new ‘Work, Unleashed 2019’ competition.
Andrew Filev, founder and CEO of Wrike, outlined how the new office would benefit Wrike and its customers.
He said: “We are thrilled to finally be opening a much-needed office in central Europe and so we are better positioned to take advantage of the fresh talent coming out of Prague’s 30+ universities, as well as the surrounding areas.
“We will definitely tap into those resources as we build out our team in Prague so we can better serve our existing and future customers, both in terms of support and through our platform.”
By the end of the year, the company hopes to have 80 employees in their Prague office, increasing to 250 within the next three years. The opening of this office, plus a new one in Tokyo, means Wrike now has a total of seven offices worldwide.
Product development focused competition
The second announcement the Silicon Valley-based company made is for their competition, ‘Work, Unleashed 2019’.
Developed as a way of generating innovative and new ideas for the company. The aim of the contest is to improve the user experience and functionality of Wrike’s platform, with the ultimate goal being to boost productivity and collaboration as well as enabling the companies using the software to develop more – and faster.
‘Work, Unleashed 2019’ will offer a $100,000 as a prize in total.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to an array of people, including designers, developers, and product managers.
In collaboration with the opening of their new office, the contest is only open to those in specific European countries. These being Croatia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
The rules of the competition, which is open until 12th August, are that submissions must benefit or extend on Wrike’s current platform and that a problem is clearly articulated, as well as having a reasonably designed solution.
Filev said that using perspectives from Europe was a great way of improving the company and the competition is a way of pulling in talent from around the world: “Helping our customers be more productive has been our mission since I founded the company in 2006. Enhancing the user experience and functionality of our platform is key to achieving that mission and we believe that sourcing ideas from the vast talent pool in Europe is a great opportunity for us to gain an outsider’s perspective on our platform and help us continue to drive innovation.”