Life At AquaQ

Here at AquaQ, we have a talented and diverse team of individuals who each bring their own unique set of skills and interests to benefit our culture. This means we have something for everyone and at AquaQ it’s definitely not all work and no play! There is always something happening from charity fundraisers to ski trips, nights out to away days, exercise classes to yoga (namaste!) We even have traditions that are sacrosanct within AquaQ, such as…

FFFF (First Friday Free Food)

Someone once said there is no such thing as a free lunch… we like to think that’s not true! The first Friday of every month sees our newest AquaQ-ites challenged with their first task – buy everyone lunch!

The efforts are always spectacular (note; pizza and KFC are always a crowd pleaser!) and if we’re lucky there’s even a dessert!

3pm Pump Up Your Slump

We’ve all been there. You’ve been working hard all day, and you’re starting to feel your productivity starting to dip as the clock ticks to the mid-afternoon. All you need is a wee cup of tea, and the perfect song to bop to…

Every day at 3pm, one of us is nominated to give a “Pump Up Your Slump” tune for everyone to enjoy and chooses the victim lucky person for the next day. Just make sure you don’t post late, we’ll notice!

Check out our playlist!

Things To Be Aware Of…

“Stand up” is at the end of every week, when we all come together and find out what’s new in the company over the past 7 days. Be prepared for terrible jokes, baking demonstrations, learning how to make the perfect cup of tea, and pets… lots of pets.

It’s your birthday, congratulations! You get to bring in birthday buns for everyone in the office, and if they’re home baked you’ll win extra… brownie points.

If you’re a fan of donuts, you’re in the right place. One mention of a glazed treat, and you’re sure to spark a passionate debate about where the best places are in Belfast to get your hands on one!

There’s a slack channel for pretty much everything in AquaQ, here are some of the best ones…

  • AquaWoof: come here for pictures of everyone’s doggos
  • Vidya: for all you gamers. Get practicing for company “Worms” on a Thursday!
  • Social: fancy a drink after work on a Friday? This is the place for you
  • Fantasy Football: Think you can Pep yourself up to be the greatest manager in AquaQ? No way, Jose…
  • Bookworms: perfect if you want a review of a novel, or to lend a book!
  • Pub Quizzing: pit yourself against the sharpest minds in AquaQ in the Joe.ie Friday Pub Quiz!
  • Flex Your Hobbies: are you a woodworker, musician, dancer, athlete, master brewer, juggler, racing driver or boat builder? We want to hear about it!

Recent News

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Monday 10th May to Friday 14th May was Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, and our AquaQ team did their bit to get involved and help raise awareness and create conversations around the topic of mental health. Mental Health Awareness Week was created by the Mental Health Foundation 21 years ago, it has since grown into one of the worlds biggest …

Chinese New Year 2021!

At AquaQ we weren’t going to let lockdown number (I’ve lost count) stop us from celebrating Chinese New Year. This year is the ‘Year of the Ox’, said to bring stability, calmness, and great opportunities… I think we could all use a bit of that positivity! We’re counting on you, Ox. As we couldn’t celebrate Chinese New Year in person, …

AquaQ Food Challenge!

Here at AquaQ we’ve been coming up with ways to keep everyone engaged over lockdown, and what better way to do so than through the power of food! The first week was Italian week, so we sent out some ‘Dough it Yourself’ kits provided by Love Pizza Belfast, and challenged our team to make their best pizza. Our second week …

New York to Hong Kong Challenge…COMPLETED!

WE DID IT!! Our challenge to cover the 8061 miles between New York and Hong Kong was a tough one…but we achieved it in style! It was quite satisfying to total up the numbers and see that we actually walked, ran and cycled 9001.93 miles as a company. But who’s counting…? Our legs are sore, our feet are weary, and …

Halloween 2020!

We weren’t going to let a global pandemic stop us from dressing up for Halloween. We had everything from Spiderman, a horse, a phishing email, Crewmates (or Imposters?), Hermione Grainger…and a couple of clowns dressed as clowns! It certainly brightened our Stand Up on Friday 30th October. Thanks to everyone who took part, and well done to the lucky folks …

New York to Hong Kong Challenge!

I can only speak for myself, but it’s really difficult to stay in a routine for exercise when we are going in and out of lockdowns, and working remotely means the fridge is just a few steps away…! With this in mind, AquaQ are taking on our biggest challenge yet. From Monday 12th October 2020 to Monday 26th October 2020, …

The Corona Diaries – Sequel

Week no. “Who Is Still Counting (Stars)”:Days and weeks are starting to blend together. Are we running out of ideas to keep everyone busy? Ha, you wish! Mental Health Awareness Week seems to have given us new inspiration. Here are some of the winning contributions for our Mental Health-“Take a Walk – Take a Picture” challenge: Week no. “Let It …

The Corona Diaries

Week 1Oh my goodness, I am loving this. My bosses just video called me and they totally bought my “I am taking working from home very seriously”-attitude. What they didn’t know is that I am currently businessperson from the waist up, pyjama party from the waist down. Week 2Yep, still doing great. Third Skype call with friends this week and …

AI NI Datathon

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, AquaQ Analytics were Platinum Sponsors for the AI NI Datathon. With the event being held across two sites in Magee and QUB, it was a fantastic opportunity to engage closely with some of the top programming talent in Northern Ireland! The teams were tasked to complete one of the five challenges set by …

AquaQ – Java User Group Meetup (Belfast 5th Sept)

AquaQ sponsored and hosted it’s first ever Java User Group Meet-up at Clock Wise at River House in Belfast on 5th Sept 2019. The guest speaker on the night was Matt Riable (Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta) and the event was attended by 65 Java enthusiasts. As microservice architecture has become commonplace for many java projects in recent years, …