Looking back at our Global Event 2022

Our Global Event last week was an event of a lifetime for many, as we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Speech Processing Solutions (SPS) and 70 years of innovation for Philips Dictation. The event took place from September 20-22, 2022, and brought together teams from across the globe to brainstorm development areas, potential ideas for the future, and personal contributions. Growingtogether was our motto and continues to be our motto for professional and personal development, in the future.

Day 1 September 20, 2022

Day 1 was about getting to know each other better and began with a welcome note from Thomas Brauner, CEO of Speech Processing Solutions. The welcome reception was followed by workshops where we looked through SPS timelines and discussed some important questions like “What are we proud of?” or “What value do we share?”. Post lunch, it was time for some treasure hunt in the heart of the beautiful city of Vienna. The day ended with a great dinner at Restaurant Octogon am Himmel.

Our team at Restaurant Octogon am Himmel

Day 2 September 21, 2022

On day 2, we dove into some strategic discussions about the future of SPS. The sessions were spearheaded by Global Heads of each department and allowed participants to attend and discuss different topics across different teams, that interest them. Post lunch, everyone had a chance to paint the future of SPS, which is now on display in our office corridors. The creative activity was followed by a factory tour, which allowed participants to see the production of the world’s leading dictation microphones – Philips SpeechMikes – and the still-standing dictation mini-cassettes. All participants had a chance to test a Philips SpeechMike and package it themselves.

Our team at SPS Headquarters in Vienna, Austria

Day 3September 22, 2022

With high enthusiasm, we reflected on the areas of development and our personal contributions to the future of SPS. The workshop ended with a big round of applause for the organizers and our CEO Thomas Brauner and COO Albert Schmitt. In the afternoon we held our own ‘Summer Olympic Games’ team event. It was the final day of our 3-day event and concluded with a closing ceremony. The ceremony had everyone receive certificates of recognition and service from our CEO Thomas and was quite overwhelming. Everyone was also gifted with a special production Philips SpeechMike, to celebrate our 10 years anniversary.

Our team at the Summer Olympic Games

This event has been an excellent platform for teams to celebrate success, encourage team bonding and develop innovative ways, to serve our 4 million+ customers better. After the pandemic, this was an outstanding event to meet and collaborate in person with our colleagues.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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