Who would have known what 2020 had in her sleeve? It has changed the way we live and work. Our social interactions became more digital than ever, especially work-related. One day we were all doing our business as usual in the office and on Monday, March 16th we found ourselves in a completely new situation – we were all working from home. Looking back, it seems like a new era started. And it did.
Even with the new circumstances and health safety being a priority, we knew that things had to be done and all our business activities have to continue. We quickly adjusted to a new way of work and realized we can do it from any location.
At first, we were all working from home but as the days became longer and the sun became brighter some of us even changed location. Those who have the opportunity decided to work from their vacation homes.
It is four months since the "new normal" entered our lives. Even though we all remain healthy, we are aware that this is the best solution in these challenging times as we think of the safety of our families, friends and colleagues.
We are staying at home and social distancing in order to help save lives. Our daily routines have changed and with no concrete date when we can go back to the good old way of doing things, we are creating new ways that can actually make room for new great things.
Our work environment changed but our business activities are still here and with the current situation we found ourselves in more planning of our future steps. We can say that it changed the way we think about the future and what we want to achieve when a safer environment comes back.
Now that the half of 2020 has already passed, and just before we go to our traditional summer vacation in August, it is a good time to reflect on all the good things that might go unnoticed or we just don’t relate to them at first when reflecting on the days and months behind us.
The year started with good space vibes when in January, a proposal of the National Space Strategy and National Space Program, was presented at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. It is a proposal for guidelines for the Government and state institutions being the crucial pillars in development and implementation of a strategy and program dealing with space issues. It is necessary to create a good base of domestic industry and science which aims at the advancement of the entire community. Our mission, as one of the co-sponsors of the proposal, is to expend our space-related proficiency and continue to deliver superior results, cooperate with different organizations and support the work and implementation of the national space strategy and program.
Having our exhibitions and conferences planned for this year, in February we prepared everything for the first exhibition among those we have scheduled on our Sales & Marketing 2020 plan. Satellite 2020 in Washington D.C. was the first one on our list and we felt the excitement to tackle new challenges and make new contacts for new business opportunities. Despite the circumstances with the COVID-19 virus, at the beginning of March, our team travelled to Washington D.C. and stuck with the initial plan, once again having in mind that “nothing is impossible”.
We continue to keep an eye on the other exhibitions and conferences from our list to be informed of all the changes and to participate virtually or at the location when all the necessary circumstances for safe travels occur.
2020 is a special year for Amphinicy as in April we welcomed our 21st birthday :) as a company that can proudly say it has seen the world and has presented its team, products, services and expertise all over the world meeting potential new clients in North America, South America, South East Asia and Europe.
In the first half of the year we delivered and also started working on some new projects. We are happy to have the opportunity to continue in providing our experience and expertise even when our working environment has changed and when our everyday face-to-face meetings turned into hours and hours of online audio and video calls. Despite some hiccups during our online commute, we successfully manage to hold our “stand-ups”, discuss challenges and plan our future steps.
In the last several months we also welcomed new members to our team, both in Zagreb and Luxembourg. They must have had the most unusual start at a new company. We hope that we will soon have the opportunity to meet face-to-face in an office environment.
May of this year will forever be remembered for the successful crewed orbital launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley placing them into orbit bound for the International Space Station. It took almost two decades of working on this mission but the hard work finally paid off. Living in a New Space Age opens doors and is really an exciting opportunity for our generation as well as for the future ones.
And while we have already stepped into the second part of the year, we can say we did a lot and there is a lot in front of us. We just have to turn all our challenges into opportunities. At the end of this year, if someone will search for the person of the year, we can probably all agree that the answer will be ‘human’ because this is the year when we can say that everyone has the opportunity to make a safer world for another.
Cheers to the second part of the year! :)