January 11, 2016
Speed Dating, Coding and Community Events
By: Rachel Stone

Reading the heading above you may question whether I have forgotten the purpose of my blog. Speed dating, coding and community events may not sound like they are directly related to a Graduate Marketing Internship at Accenture, but as I have said before, my job is hugely varied and these are just a few of the activities that have been keeping me busy recently.

Let’s start with speed dating. Luckily for you I am not about to launch into a tale of personal speed dating endeavours, but instead I am going to tell you about my involvement with a digital speed dating event that took place at the beginning of December. This was an internal event intended for digital employees to share their offerings. Senior managers from different areas of the business move between rooms listening to presentations on a variety of digital offerings available for their clients, then rate them based on their relevance. I was involved in the organisation of the event and the logistics on the day. I arranged presentations, organised timetables and attended on the day to make sure the event ran smoothly. This proved to be a fun and relaxed evening with everyone learning more about the amazing opportunities that the digital side of the business has to offer. Even though I am in the Technology UK Marketing team, I was able to work on this Digital event and this demonstrates the flexibility of Accenture in that there is often the opportunity to work with other teams on a range of projects.

The Hour of Code was another recent project. Accenture teamed with code.org to support this campaign which aims to get as many people as possible to learn about coding by completing an hour long online tutorial. I worked with the Global Marketing team to create an #HourOfCode social media campaign for my Twitter handle @AccentureTechUK. I also organised an internal open door session where Accenture employees wanting to complete their Hour of Code could come along and carry it out with some of our coding experts on hand to help them. Whilst doing all this I also managed to improve my own very limited knowledge of coding by completing my own Hour of Code!

Finally the Christmas community event also provided me with a few interesting tasks. The event took place at a venue in Shoreditch during the afternoon before our Marketing Christmas party. It was a chance for the whole UKI Marketing team (over 100 people) to come together to hear about what has been happening during the year and what is planned for the year to come. I was involved in making a fun slideshow about office etiquette which was shown at the event. I also gave a short presentation on the Technology Vision 2016, an upcoming project which will feature heavily in my future blogs. The Tech Vision is an annual report produced by Accenture which highlights the key trends for the year ahead. You can find out more about the Accenture 2015 Technology Vision by visiting our page here:

That’s all for now. I look forward to sharing my experiences of what is set to be an exciting start to 2016. Happy New Year to all.

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