The Paris 🇫🇷 team takes over Malta 🇲🇹
#3 2022 | Sparkmate
This week, we’ve flown the Paris team over to Malta for an off-site trip 🛩! What better way to celebrate the new year with the team knowing we can #workhard and #playhard anywhere, together? More about this below ;)
Here’s what we’ve put together for your weekly Spark reads:
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💭 TECH FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Floating” train in China travels at 600km/h 🚄
By the end of 2020, China had built over 140,000km of railways, with 38,000km dedicated to high speed trains, making way for the debut of the fastest ground vehicle available on the planet in Qingdao just last year: their latest maglev train that travels at 600 kilometres/hour or 373 miles/hour!
The train levitates just above the rails, using electromagnetic forces that both propel the train and eliminate friction. The train halves the travel time between Shanghai and Beijing, and can hold 2-10 cars with over 100 passengers in each! The train’s service start date is still unknown - but we hope to see and try it out soon!
🌱 TECH FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Turn footsteps into electricity 👞
We’ve heard of generating electricity through hamster wheels and stationary biking, but what about through something we all do every day, effortlessly, like walking?
Researchers from Switzerland have found a way to turn footsteps into electricity, through wooden flooring ⚡️ They developed an energy harvesting device called a “nanogenerator”, which uses wood with a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystal.
The nanogenerator essentially sandwiches two pieces of wood between electrodes, and a single A4-sized wooden plank can produce enough energy to power LED lightbulbs and small electronics! How cool is that?
💥 WHAT’S ON @ SPARKMATE
The Paris 🇫🇷 team takes over Malta 🇲🇹
In 2020, we took an off-site trip to Lisboa. Last year, we went to Arcachon. This time, we’re at Malta! 🎉
Business as usual for us this week - just that the team can jump in the pool/ocean/jacuzzi in between tasks (or do exercises at the indoor gym), and work alongside and bond under the Maltese sunset over good food and beers 🥂 (Our Hong Kong and Bucharest teams couldn’t join us 😢 - we’re playing by COVID rules! But again, we can #workhard and #playhard anywhere 😉 ).
Exciting things are happening every day ⚡️ Follow us on social media to stay tuned!