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EESTEC Regional Exchange for Cooperation vom 13. bis 18. Dezember 2015

Vom 13. bis zum 18. Dezember hat unser Event EESTEC Regional Exchange for Cooperation (kurz: EREC) in Zusammenarbeit mit LC Zürich zum ersten Mal stattgefunden.
Die Teilnehmer bildeten sowohl erfahrene als auch neue EESTECer aus den Kommittees aus Aachen, Delft, Hamburg, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, München und Zürich. Ziel war der Austausch von Erfahrungen und eine Stärkung der Zusammenarbeit zwischen den LCs.
Das Programm fand zur einen Hälfte in München und zur anderen in Zürich statt.


Participant's report

"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – take these wise words of an eleven-years-old boy, spice them with some EESTEC spirit and you will get the EESTEC Regional Exchange for Cooperation. As the first event of its kind, it took place in Munich and Zurich from December 13th till 18th 2015. Representatives from Aachen, Delft, Hamburg, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Munich and Zurich met to get to know each other, share ideas on how to motivate their member and establish a stronger bond for future collaboration. During the week we had four workings sessions organized by members of different committees, visited the beautiful cities of Munich and Zurich and made new friends.
The workings sessions were very motivating for me. Seeing how other LCs work, understand that they face similar issues and getting new ideas on how to overcome them gave me a huge confidence boost. Besides learning more about the other groups, we also talked about member management, communication and knowledge transfer as well as possibilities for further cooperation. But EESTEC is more, remember? Work hard, party harder!
Visiting both Munich and Zurich for the first time in my life, I truly believe that there is no better time to do it than winter. We spend hours on the beautiful Christmas markets, went sight-seeing and had a very special city rally with mulled wine and local students joining us. The experience of sleeping and partying inside a bunker could only be beaten by LC Zurich’s legendary tram party.
The event was an awesome opportunity to meet old friends as well as make new ones. Especially meeting people face-to-face whom I have only been working with online before was great. The fact that this event was organized by two LCs together is the perfect proof that we can only benefit from stronger bonds between our committees. I would like to thank all the hard-working organizers, especially Alen and Nektarios who joined us in Munich even though there was the second “Women in Engineering and Technology” workshop taking place in Zurich simultaneously. This workshop was really special for me, because it might be over, but it marks the beginning of a new era of collaboration.


Organizers' report

The first major problem occurred during the arrival of the participants. One from Delft did not show up. His colleague who came with the same flight told us that he cancelled, but without sending us any further notice.
The first day we started with Ice breaking games and our first Working Session, which was organized by LC Munich, in which every participant represented their LC and their current situation. The next morning we had the Working Session “Member Recruiting and Motivating”, which was prepared by LC Hamburg, followed by a visit to the company Infineon.
JLC Karlsruhe had their “Communication and Cooperation” Working Session the following day, during which we discussed LC communication internally and between other LCs.
On Wednesday we already headed off to Zurich. The second participant from Kaiserslautern, who was planned to arrive this day, also cancelled, but again not through any official channel, but by his colleague forwarding this information to us.
In Zurich two students from the university Chalmers in Göteborg, Sweden, who were contacted by Alen Mujkanovic beforehand with the idea to motivate them to create an Observer at their university, joined us. The following day in Zurich we had our fourth and last Working Sessions, held by LC Zurich, in which we worked on a future plan for Chalmers and discussed topics, which were not finished during other working sessions. We also tried to find the two organizing LCs for the EREC next year, which we would like to continue annually.