Sep '23 Newsletter
Hello, Melon friends!
We hope we find you well. Perhaps enjoying the last summer days.
Buckle up, because you're in for a rollercoaster ride of updates and happenings and a big party invitation! Scroll down and see what we are up to.
Melon Becomes Kin + Carta! It's Party Time!
We're excited about the next chapter of our amazing journey as a community which is now going global as we become Kin + Carta! Our teams are by now cultivating strong friendships and over 30% of them are already collaborating closely. Regular visits, joint projects, and shared initiatives are becoming an essential part of our daily operations. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead and we'd like to invite you to celebrate with us!
Join us on September 29, 20:00, at Feel Better!
Unveiling the Future: Our Upcoming Rebranding Campaign
An engaging rebranding campaign is about to unfold in the autumn. We're all set to introduce you to Kin + Carta across various media and around the cities of all our 4 offices, and at the developers’ and community events: After Hours: The Recursive: After the M&A Party: How to Get Cultural and Company Integration Right, DEV: Challenge Accepted, JS Talks, DevReach Telerik, Ratio Forum. Come and have a chat with us!
Tradition Endures: DevCon Skopje 2023
After its jump-start in 2019 the web and mobile developer community conference - DevCon was back in Skopje this May. With 7 speakers from Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the UK and more than 250 people attending, the event was a grand success, see for yourself. We are planning to host DevCon in Pristina again in November, follow us for updates. Even as we become Kin + Carta, this cherished tradition continues to be a beacon of industry insights and networking opportunities.
South East Europe Get-Together
Of all our events, we love the most our annual teambuilding when we gather together from around Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Kosovo, and the UK. This year, we met in Bansko for classic Melon-style parties, games, and hikes. We got to know each other even better under the guiding principle of "I am because we are." As we look back on this heartfelt event, it's a reminder that collaboration is at the core of our shared success.
At Melon, we believe in giving back to the communities we belong to and are proud that this year is not an exception. We are glad that our efforts are recognized and we welcomed yet another reward, but this time for our support throughout the past 2 years for NGOs helping women and children affected by domestic violence in Bulgaria. The prize was initiated by EMPROVE, as part of International Women’s Month, and given by the Deputy British Ambassador.
Our Ongoing CSR
For many years, our team members had initiated and participated in various charitable events and projects. Naturally, in 2018 we established our Responsibility Program. With a designated and increasing annual budget, it aims at better and more sustainable support for amazing non-governmental organization. In 2022 we are proud to have partnered with: Association for Shared Learning "Ela", Atelier "Hug Me", Bulgarian Biodevirsity Foundation, Bulgarian Fund for Women and PULSE Foundation to back their mission of caring for children’s education, disadvantaged people, kids and women who have survived violence, and environmental preservation. We also became member of The Bulgarian Donors’ Forum.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness
In our pursuit of an inclusive workplace, we're organizing events across our 4 offices, dedicating each month of the year to a specific topic as part of the IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and awareness) program. We aim to ensure that every individual, regardless of gender, race, religion or background, feels completely safe and empowered as part of our teams. From celebrating International Women's Month in March to focusing on diversity in April, men's health in November and embracing LGBTQ+ awareness in June, our monthly initiatives create a continuous conversation about equality and understanding. With in-house workshops and presentations and support for local community events, we're raising awareness and fostering a workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves and every voice matter. For the first time, together with Kin + Carta we supported both Sofia Pride and Skopje Pride Parade.