Hi. My name is Corentin. I come from Lyon, France. I am at the end of my general Engineering Bachelor’s Degree. Before my Masters, I wanted to hit the road in order to discover more about the energy and electronical fields but also to acquire some company culture. That’s how I landed up at Solvera Lynx d.d., in Ljubljana. That’s how I lived one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much during these 2 months. Let me tell you this story.
May 30th, 2016. Last exam. I’m finally done with these three very theoretical years. I have my mind full of ideas but unfortunately a lack of work experience. However, this will soon change: in two days, it will be the start of my internship at Solvera Lynx. J
June 1st, 2016. First day of work! Reaching the destination of the company has been my first challenge. Indeed, I’m not familiar with the buses and I got lost several times. My phone, of course, chose this time to bite the dust. Actually, I don’t know how but I still split the whistle. When I finally got there, my first impression was astonishment. Indeed, even if Solvera has a team of about 50 people, they are working in a lovely and modern building.
Martina, the COO, kindly welcomes me. After I filled in some papers, – it makes the world go around as they said – I am introduced to everybody. Even without knowing them, I can feel the pleasant atmosphere that I will get to discover working at Solvera Lynx. Gregor, my supervisor, showed me my desk which is in the middle of the open space. It is close to my new hardware team. Simon, the IT guy, provided me a computer, some papers, a pen and whatever peripheral I might need. Then, instead of explaining me the company policy in a formal way, a part of my team invited me to drink a coffee in their brand new café Čuk. According to Gregor, Jani, Bor and Klemen, Solvera is taking care of the well-being of every worker and is trying to establish a trustful relationship with them. I don’t need to be dress to kill. I can choose my timetable as long as I’m present between 9am and 3pm. There are fruits in self-service. Plus, I have to send a short but off-beat introduction’s email to everybody, email that will be published on an intern website. There, you can also find funny pictures and facts about employees. With all this measures – and, I won’t lie, the future frequent beers gathering everybody – it is very easy to get to know all your co-workers and to very fast feel as a part of this company.
My feelings are confirmed: Solvera will be a greatly company to work for, young at heart. These measures are a win-win situation: during my stay, I noticed that the policy makes employees more effective. In one word, this first day has been awesome. And it was just the beginning.
A day at work, dealing between learning and responsibilities
Solvera Lynx d.d. is selling devices that are sending data from their sensors to a monitoring software they created, called GemaLogic. However, between the end-device and the software, the data has to go through a server. Basically, my job here was to compare several network management services for their devices on LoRaWAN; to study which server we should use and why. That mean that I had to do a lot of internet researches, to contact many consumer’s services and above all, to run numerous lab tests to find out with which partner the company should work with.
Seeing beyond my own work enabled me to guide my research to be more useful to the all company.
Not my language, not my field of study, but a wonderful training
I thought that most difficulties would come from the language. I don’t speak at all Slovenian, but it wasn’t a problem. Everybody in the company can communicate very well in English and they made serious efforts to integrate me into their talks. I also thought that difficulties would come from my responsibilities. Indeed, I wanted to be sure to deliver exact and useful information to my manager. The problem was that I didn’t have any knowledge on what I was working on. And the technology Solvera is working on is really new, so I had to build something from scratch. However, that wasn’t the case. I didn’t have to beat the clock, my team let me enough time to adapt myself and to search whatever I required. In particular, Bor, Klemen, Jani and Staš were very helpful each time I needed something. At first I had a rough time using the Raspberry Pi and the concentrator as a test gateway but I rose above the first incomprehension very quickly. Eventually, after all, the most challenging was to adapt myself to their lunch time (very early) and to their specific computer keyboard (they have new letters and I am used to a Azerty French keyboard)!
What I will remember
After these amazing two months, when I am thinking about this internship, a lot of keyword are coming to my mind. A skilful training, in a new engineering field and with a competent team. A submerge in a good company culture. An awesome social experience in a co-working and sharing environment. The IoT: a very interesting and new area to work for. The surprising responsibility. And chiefly the really joyful mood, particularly in the comparison to the other companies I had the opportunity to work for.
To conclude, time flies and I would have loved to work more for Solvera Lynx!
By Corentin Chaillet