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October 28, 2016
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Photo blog: The new home of Hortonworks in Cork!

While we are out in Tokyo for the Hadoop Summit (#HS16Tokyo) this week, the Irish contingent of the Hortonworks’ international team also has had great cause for celebration – the official opening of our new office in Cork on Wednesday!

At 12,499 square feet and a maximum capacity for 83 Hortonworkers (+ one regular guest, I hope!), the move to Albert Quay comes only nine months after we confirmed plans to extend the global team and create 50 jobs in Ireland.

The official launch was attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork City and IDA Ireland – both of which were kind enough to lend words of support in our official press release – as well as local Silver Certified Partner, Bluemetrix, and a whole bevvy of excited members of our ever-growing team, of course!

I loved seeing the photographs as it helps bring the expansion to life so thought the wider community would too!  I also asked the local team to share their favourite things about the new office:

  • “My favourite feature of the office is that the meeting rooms are all named after local Cork greats including Boole (George), Collins (Michael), Gallagher (Rory), Keane (Roy) and Hutchins (Ellen) – plus, the new IT set up in each makes collaboration globally a whole new experience” Aisling
  • “I love the views from the inside sales team area onto Cork city. Plus, the new space means we can bring people together for events and team building, as this week’s launch was testament to. We even squeezed a HUGE green elephant made of hundreds of balloons in” Katie
  • “It’s so bright and spacious that the new office is really very invigorating – as is Hortonworks commitment to Cork with plenty of room to get more new bums on seats!” Ciara
  • “In the canteen there is a mirrored wall made up of honeycombed shaped tiles, just like our customer journey maps, which is really cool” Aisling
  • “Location could not be better – great views, great lunch spots and walking distance to the heart of Cork. Having always worked outside the city, it’s a welcome change for me personally.  Plus, the abundance and variety of meeting space is great, you can suit the style of what you’re discussing – from formal to casual sofa areas” Shane
  • “I’m loving being in one of the most sought after locations in Cork City– plus, having Starbucks next door is very handy!” Coffee addict 😉
  • “It sounds simple but having a canteen area, although it’s more akin to a trendy café, to sit for lunch or a catch up with team mates is such a bonus” Ciara
  • “The communal areas throughout the office, from the kitchen to the seated areas and the great names of the meeting rooms are my favourite parts” Kirstie
  • “We are growing our teams considerably here and I’m really pleased the modern facilities will contribute to us attracting top talent” Conor

With those comments shared, I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I did!

The canteen/kitchen/cafe!
I can see why the kitchen/canteen/cafe is a popular choice!

 

 

Everyone was very busy having a good time that this is one of the only photographs of the night itself!
Everyone was very busy having a good time that this is one of the only photographs of the launch event itself!

I wish the balloon elephant could be a permanent fixture!

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With thanks to David Creedon for taking such a fantastic photograph and allowing it to be shared on social media.
With thanks to David Creedon for taking such a fantastic photograph and allowing it to be shared on social media.

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