Archive for the ‘Team Activities’ Category

Wajam supports Oxfam-Quebec in it’s first ever Montreal humoristic fundraising gala

March 4th, 2015 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Company, Culture, Events, Montreal, Team Activities

Affiche officielle du Gala Drôlement Bénéfique organisé par l'Oxfam-Québec

Yesterday evening, the Saint-Denis theatre hosted Le gala drôlement bénéfique, a fundraising stand-up comedy show organized by Oxfam-Quebec. Gala host André Sauvé led an awesome line-up of stand-up comics which included Virginie Fortin, Sylvain Larocque, Billy Tellier, and the duo Corbeil and Maranda. The profits of the event went towards Oxfam-Québec’s mission.

Here at Wajam, we are very proud to have supported the event where 10 humorists exerted their art in support of a local organization tackling a global scourge – poverty. They graciously invited our team to share some laughter with them at the show. What a great treat to begin the week!

About Oxfam-Quebec:

Oxfam-Québec is dedicated to supporting its partners and colleagues in developing countries in the design and implementation of sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice. The organization also mobilizes the people of Québec in order to allow the expression of their solidarity.

Lunch & Learn with Dan Robichaud and Greg Whiteside from Intel Security (previously PasswordBox)

December 5th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Entrepreneurs and thought leaders, Montreal, Startups, Team Activities

This post is part of our Lunch & Learn series. At Wajam, we’re inspired by fellow Montreal startups who bring new innovation to the world. At our Lunch & Learns, we invite guest entrepreneurs and thought leaders to come and share their experiences with our team.

This week, Intel announced the acquisition of PasswordBox®, a Montreal-based and award-winning provider of a cross-platform identity management service that gives users a convenient way to log into all of their websites and applications from any device without having to type or remember passwords. As a result of this acquisition, PasswordBox became a part of the Safe Identity organization within Intel® Security Group.

This was an amazing announcement for the Montreal startup community. For today’s very special edition of our Lunch & Learn, Wajam had the pleasure of hosting Dan Robichaud (CEO) and Greg Whiteside (VP of Engineering) from PasswordBox. They came to share their experience of the past couple of weeks.

PasswordBox's CEO and VP of engineering and Wajam's CEO share there experience

Naturally, we are incredibly happy for the success of our friends at PasswordBox, and also had many questions. It was particularly interesting to hear about our startup fellows transitioning into the bigger Intel family.

A key element that Dan felt united PasswordBox and Intel Security was the passion of working on a great product; and it will continue to drive the growth of the team.

Other tips for scaling the team? According to Dan, it’s simple: more people = a bigger beer fridge! Jokes aside, every single morning, Dan goes for a stroll within his company to say a quick hi and fist bump everybody. By doing so, he can feel the pulse of his team and make sure that everybody is happy.

Greg spoke of the potential positive impact of the sale of a Montreal startup, on the local tech community. While a lot of technology companies are focused on Silicon Valley, it’s great that Intel saw the talent and creativity we have here in Montreal.

PasswordBox also sponsored the Notman Café as a way to give back to the community. Dan hopes that it will become a place where people share their startups, host events and exchange ideas and opportunities in the future.

Thank you Dan and Greg for coming to our office and inspiring our team. We hope you enjoyed the red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, because we sure did!

Kudos to Jérôme Gagnon for the great pictures.

A spooktacular Halloween day at the office

November 7th, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Company, Culture, Team Activities

Last Friday for Halloween, we decided to spice things up by organizing a little shout-out costume contest. The Wajammers played ball and dressed up in some crazy costumes. Miranda’s handmade hommage to Lego’s minifigures drove the crowd wild and won with flying colours.

Miranda won the 2014 Wajam Halloween contest

Check out our video and decide for whom you would have voted. Enjoy!

Wajam’s Last Minute Victory in Epic Hockey Match Against PasswordBox

October 22nd, 2014 | by pierrecleaud

posted in Company, Culture, Montreal, Startups, Team Activities

This past Friday, we challenged fellow Montreal startup PasswordBox to a friendly hockey game at Jarry Park.

Picture of the teams before the game

With one of our best players having been shipped back to Newfoundland (shout out to Brockie!) and the addition of several rookies, we really didn’t know what to expect. In the face of adversity, we focused on what we do best :

One of Wajam's many taglines

  • We trained before coming to work… We trained during our breaks… And we trained after work.
  • We read our playbook over and over again… and then we read some more.
  • We listened to the wise words of our team captain Michaël: eating tons carbs for plenty of energy for the game. (No more vegetable lasagnas please!)
  • Our CEO Martin-Luc personally tucked us in every night at 8 PM to make sure we would get a good night’s sleep. 😉

Final score: Wajam 10, PasswordBox 9

Here’s how it all went down.

Both teams played an epic game. To each of our well-constructed goals, PasswordBox replied with a quick counter attack. We dominated the first period! They responded by taking the lead in the second period.

During the third period, a combination of exhaustion and good defense prevented their attackers from scoring on our goalie Pierre-Alain. In the last two minutes, a piece of individual brilliance by their star player gave PasswordBox the lead.

The Wajam team regrouped during a final timeout. The tension was at its peak, but we came through with effort and great teamwork. Wajammers ended up scoring two goals in the last seconds and won the game. Our team and fans exploded with joy!

One of Wajam's team taglines

“This was a very close game. We played as a team up until the end and benefited from that. Thanks to all our cheerers!” offered Kevin Charette, Wajam’s new addition to the midfield.

“We focused on giving our 110%. Our motivation was fed by our defeat at soccer last year; we couldn’t lose this time. We worked hard until the last second and never gave up” concluded Michaël Mimeault.

The players shook hands. And after a quick shower (well… not for everyone!), both teams bonded over well-deserved drinks.

Our team:

Group picture of the Wajam team

Our captain: Michaël “Skipper” Mimeault

Wajam's captain motivating troops

When it comes to Hockey, he’s our beacon. He can probably easily name, by alphabetical order, each Habs player from the past 30 years.

Our goalie: Pierre-Alain “Brick-Wall” Loiseau

Wajam's goalkeeper Pierre-Alain Loiseau

Great reflexes and (almost) perfect splits

Our crazy fans and their geeky cheers…

Wajam's fans cheering the Hockey team

“Disconnect their Wiiiiii-Fiiiiii!”

It was a great way to spend time as a team and also meet talented fellow developers and entrepreneurs in town. Thank you so much to the organizers. With our close victory, no doubt they will ask us for a rematch !

If you’re a fan of Hockey (ping pong, darts, pool, fussball, …) and you think you have what it takes to play us, come have a drink with us at the Startup Open House next week.

Wajam Spartans Training Hard For Spartan Race At Mont-Tremblant

May 6th, 2014 | by alainwong

posted in Culture, Montreal, Startups, Team Activities, Wajam Spartans

Last year, we crushed our fellow Montreal startup competitors at Spartan Race, the world’s largest obstacle race that challenges entrants to “discover their inner warrior”.

We’re challenging startups again this year and training hard. See you all at Mont-Tremblant in three weeks. AROO!

A special thanks to David Nault at iNovia for the extra motivation.

Spartan Race gift from David Nault at iNovia Capital

Wajam Spartans - Jerome Gagnon

Wajam Spartans

Wajam Spartans - Manu Laflamme

Wajam Spartans - Manu Laflamme