Company Retreat

Every year, we gather at the annual Human Made company retreat. In the past these have taken place in the UK, Norway, Bulgaria, Spain, and Slovakia. For the past few years they have happened straight after WordCamp Europe but from 2017 onwards we will not be holding the retreat alongside WCEU.

In 2017, the company retreat will be in Italy.


The company retreat is an opportunity for everyone to get together and get some much needed time together. Some of the things that you can expect on the retreat are:

  • Workshops: team members run workshops to share knowledge. In 2016 our workshops covered speaking at events, products, proxying and web security, code editors, and agile/scrum methodologies.
  • Flash talks: every human gives a 3 minute flash talk. This is usually something unrelated to work but can be about anything you want.
  • Hack projects: we work on projects together over the week.
  • State of the Humans: Tom, Joe, and Noel present on where the company is and where it’s going.
  • Outings: we will arrange some outings so you can see some of the local area.

In between, you’ll have time to hang out with each other and get to know one another better.


Zoe is in charge of planning the retreat, along with a team from across the company to help her. In the past, we have used trello to keep track of what’s going on (2016 Trello board). The 2017 retreat is currently being planned. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, message Zoe on Slack.

In the run-up to the retreat, there is a call for retreat deputies to take charge of different elements (including workshops, flash talks, and group photo).


If the retreat is held before or after a conference, do I have to attend that conference?

Nope. Attendance at any conference is not obligatory. You can just attend the retreat.

Are partners/children invited to the retreat?

As this is a retreat focused on work, it is for Human Made staff only. We would love to be able to welcome all of your families, but things would get expensive and we would lose the focus on work. The only exception is breastfeeding mothers, who are able to bring their baby so they can continue breastfeeding.

What should I bring?

Clothes, toiletries, and all your travel necessities. Your work laptop and anything essential for setting up your workstation.

Will I have to share a room?

Room sharing helps us to keep costs down but is not mandatory or expected. You will be asked if you are willing to share a room before we go ahead with any bookings.