Alumni from years past may remember general meetings, events where the entire RoboJackets body would hear from a guest speaker or receive updates on the status of the organization. These meetings used to be a great way for teams to socialize amongst each other and a key opportunity for sponsors to host information and recruitment sessions. The general meetings were cut during COVID due to difficulties of online logistics. This year, Zach and Calix, the current president and secretary, put general meetings back on the RoboJackets calendar.
Since this was the first general meeting in nearly three years, Zach and Calix started from ground zero in terms of event planning and organization. Calix booked the room and gauged interest for attendance, and Zach began searching for a speaker for the event. Some representatives from Schlumberger had toured the shop earlier this year and asked about ways to help RoboJackets. They were happy to provide a speaker for the general meeting, an engineer from one of their subsidiaries called OneSubSea. The company specializes in marine robotics to maintain and service offshore oil rigs and pipelines. Overall, the talk was engaging and relevant to our teams, and the current leadership was happy to gain a closer relationship with one of our long-standing sponsors. After the guest speaker, each RoboJackets project manager also did a small presentation on their team’s updates and progress so far.
To top off the general meeting, Calix made a Kahoot on RoboJackets history. The questions range from easy to very difficult– some may even give our most experienced alumni a challenge! Take a look and give it a try to see how your knowledge stacks up: https://create.kahoot.it/share/gm-1-trivia/20e9714f-6cba-4e0e-8d2a-c24844b97d75
Overall, the general meeting was a success, and it was great to hear from one of our sponsors. Since the first meeting to kick it off, another general meeting (a social with food and video games) has already been held. There are also some initial plans to rent out Tech Rec again for the first general meeting next year. More will be planned for the future as well, so if you’re interested in speaking to the RoboJackets, feel free to get in touch with Zach or Calix through Slack!