Back from Stresa

Yesterday, a group of Dr.Scholl’s sales associates played WHAIWHAI in Stresa, a little town “out of another era”, placidly set on the banks of Lake Maggiore. 60 people, divided into 9 teams, searched for the secret reason why the founding father of comfortable footwear was stopped precisely in Stresa in September 1929, when he was aboard a train headed for Venice that broke down. Obviously we made up that story, but Dr. Scholl’s real life gave us lots of ideas to draw on. He was enterprising man and an avid traveler who lived very intensely during that time, frequently journeying through Europe.

The game lasted about three hours and ended, after a boat ride, on Isola Bella, an eighteenth century Eden that rests in the middle of the lake. There, the teams solved the final enigma to discover the secret of Saluti da Stresa. For the rankings, we had to account for the fact that the itineraries were shortened; the speedy Carriage8 team was awarded a special honorable mention for having solved the most enigmas.

Thanks to Marina from Cross Creative and to Ambrosini Associati, who we worked with to organize the event.

Jul

22

09

written by GiuliaP

WORK IN PROGRESS AT THE LAKEFRONT

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We’re working on a company event at a new location. It entails writing about, studying and breathing the air of the Belle Epoque – all in somewhat of a dash. That’s why this blog has been pretty quiet the past few days. But don’t worry, we’ll be back soon. Meanwhile, have a look at this interesting little Belle Epoque artefact we downloaded from here.

Basso Hotel & Resort Picks WHAIWHAI

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LOG607 and the Basso Hotel & Resort (BHR) in Treviso have just sealed an important deal, a partnership and an exchange of diverse contacts in the sphere of conventions, Italian companies and beyond.

BHR offers extremely high quality services, with 133 rooms on six floors and four categories of rooms to choose from: classic, deluxe, junior suites and presidential suites. Inside the hotel complex is the DiVino Osteria Trevigiana, a restaurant with a warm and lively atmosphere, as well as the Gioia Lounge Bar, a refined café by day that turns into a captivating bar by night, where you can even surf the Internet. BHR is also a spacious, high-tech venue for meetings and events with over nine thousand square feet of naturally lit halls that can accommodate over a thousand people.

All this makes the Basso Hotel & Resort an ideal location for conventions and company meetings. Plus, since it’s just a short private coach bus ride away from Venice, the hotel is also an ideal point of departure for a hunt for the Ruyi in the island city’s calli and salizade. That’s where WHAIWHAI comes into play. As they split up into teams, businesspeople can take off their suits, become players and challenge one another in a search for Venetian clues.

The Basso Hotel & Resort suggests The Ruyi – Venice as a team-building activity. Thanks for the endorsement!

Nov

17

08

written by GiuliaS

Over 200 People track down the Ruyi in Venice

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There are over 200 players from KPMG, one of the leading consulting firms, challenging each other in teams, but all united by one goal: find the Ruyi in as little time as possible.

In a race against time, they challenge their co-workers and challenge themselves.

When you’re not familiar with a city, it’s tough to get from one place to another quickly and easily. If that city is Venice, one of the most insidious (though fascinating) destinations, with its long, narrow passageways, its countless bridges and churches, its little dark places… well, then the game gets even harder.

But that didn’t stop Andrea, Fabio, Lisa, Giovanna and Anna (pictured above left), who in less than two hours, compared to more than three for the last-place finishers, succeeded in reaching the last stage first. In this case, it was the same destination they started from, the extraordinary St. Mark square.

Everyone was equipped with a game kit to hunt for dates, inscriptions and bas-reliefs behind which a thousand mysteries and a thousand legends dating back to ancient times are hidden.

This is definitely the best way to discover Venice. Venice is always an astonishing place, but thanks to whaiwhai, it continues to amaze. Whaiwhai is also a great way to join forces to turn a group’s strengths into a winning ticket – in the game as in the professional world.

Aug

06

08

written by FrancescoM

The Yous incentive, from an insider’s perspective

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Here I am, the “junkie” that bummed a ride on the Yous bus as it headed for Venice. The Yous treasure hunt day demonstrated something undeniable: the Ruyi experience can become a social event if it’s well organised and topped up with a few extras suited to each group’s needs. Once I finished telling the story of the Ruyi, it was great to hear and see how these participants fell into character and set off to discover a marvellous city… as players!

Aug

06

08

written by GiuliaP

A team building exercise in Venice: a player tells her story

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Cristiana and her colleagues at Yous all experienced the Ruyi treasure hunt in Venice on July 25th. It was an intense day planned by the company as a team building exercise, as a way for the employees to enhance group dynamics and have fun at the same time. Here are some excerpts from Cristiana’s story, a thorough account of what took place (thanks, Cristiana!).

The appointment was for 10:00 in the parking lot off the Padova Interporto motorway exit. Everyone answered the roll call – even the interns and temp workers at Yous – dressed informally and looking sporty with tennis shoes on our feet and backpacks strapped our shoulders. In the days leading up to the big event, everyone had been given a steady diet of advice: “Don’t leave your most comfortable shoes at home” (…) and “Make sure your mobile battery is completely charged up”…

No one knew where the event was going to take place or what the test would be like. No one, except the organizers, Carlo, Lisa, Alex and Denis, who had skilfully spread misleading clues here and there over the last few days. Just to keep excitement levels high and throw the nosy ones off…

The bus driver (…) started the engine and we were on our way…until we were held up by a junkie who was about to get squashed under the wheels of the bus in his hurried attempt to hitch a ride. Carlo opened the door for him, listened as the guy begged, and then, pretending he was surprised and amazed, let him get on… Anna, from the Darfo branch, who was the injured member of our group, sat behind him, crutches within reach and ready to strike, just in case the guy tried to make a false move.

Then Francesco the “junkie” asked to speak. “I know I’ve already asked for a lot, you’ve really been very nice to give me a ride… but I’ve got to ask you another favor – let me tell you my story, and you can decide whether you want to help me or not.” Carlo came up to Francesco and pretended to try and take the microphone away from him, asking him to explain exactly what he wanted to tell the team. Then he let go. And so Francesco told us a fantastic tale that goes back to the times of Marco Polo’s travels. He talked about a missing scepter. “God does not want this scepter to fall into the wrong hands!” Francesco exclaimed as he concluded the story. By this time, it was clear that Carlo had fooled us: Francesco was a member of the Log607 staff, the company that organizes treasure hunts. Our adventure had already begun…

We were then divided into five teams: Cannareggio, Dorsoduro, San Marco, San Polo and Castello…

De-coding the first text message that our team leader received – it contained three numbers and three letters, each corresponding to a section of a page on the notebook we were given – sheds light on how to proceed. The codes sent by text, once you’ve de-coded them, let you decipher jumbled historical anecdotes, myths and legends that paint the City of Water’s historical moments. The goal was to get to the place indicated in each anecdote in as little time as possible. Meanwhile, as we made our way to the right location, another text message would come through with a question that one of the teams had to answer about that place, for example, “What Arabic number is inscribed in the stump in front of the portal to the School of Christ?” (…) Following up on the clues we were sent by text, we made our way around the city looking for Arabic or Roman numerals, inscriptions on stumps, antique columns, steles and monograms, keeping track of our path to be able to reconstruct where the precious sword was carried. Each team traversed Venice in a different sequence, following different clues.

Even though the organizers advised us not to run and to enjoy the company and the views that Venice has to offer in abundance, the smell of a challenge and the desire to win guided all of the teams from 11 in the morning until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Some took a bit longer, others finished a bit earlier. The only break in the action was a quick lunch. Each team got an envelope with a crossword puzzle and a budget for a meal at one of various eateries: I Rusteghi, the Campiello Remer tavern, la Cantina, il Vecio Fritolin, and Pane e vino San Daniele. (…)

Once a team answered the last question, a text message was sent with the keywords needed to complete the crossword and find directions to take the boat… when the crossword was complete, the remaining letters composed the following sentence: “Go to San Zaccaria, take line twenty and get off at Casinò.”

Here, the desire to finish in the fastest time proved disastrous for one of the teams: before completing the puzzle entirely, but clearly reading the word “casinò,” Dario Mazzoleni’s team asked some Venetians for directions to the casino. The locals promptly gave them accurate directions – to Venice’s winter casino, instead of the  summer casino on the Lido, where they were supposed to go! (…)

Once we had all arrived at the Casinò boat stop on the Lido, one last enigma awaited the groups, all exhausted from the long walk… Carlo, Lisa, Denis and Alex greeted us all – in the meantime, they had gone for a swim and taken in some sun. But they had also kept in touch with the adventures and misadventures, the little victories and the blunders that befell the “castaways” dispersed throughout beautiful Venice…

Finally, a word to the wise from the winning team about the Ruyi experience in Venice: “… we took the map of the city and left it in our pockets the whole time – we decided it was much better to ask Venetians for directions. Who could be better than them at figuring out how to get from one place to another in the city by the shortest route possible?”

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