Intense, Two-day Coding Competition Fosters Employee Innovation and Competitive Spirit
(NEW YORK, NY, April 26, 2017) – Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting begins its fourth annual Innovation Lab Code Games event on April 26 and 27 bringing innovation, fun, and a competitive spirit across the Tax & Accounting global division. The intense two-day software development coding competition was designed to generate exciting new innovations while showcasing internal technical talent.
What started out with 30 employees in a single Wolters Kluwer office in 2014 has grown exponentially over the years, with more than 600 Tax & Accounting employees now participating from more than 20 offices across the globe. From Lucca, Italy, to Melbourne, Australia, to Kennesaw, Georgia, more than 190 teams of employees have banded together to develop Wolters Kluwer’s Tax & Accounting division’s next big innovation.
During the Code Games, teams develop innovations into working prototypes from scratch in an atmosphere that combines intense teamwork with fun activities, raffles, food and prizes. Teams choose from a variety of existing project ideas, or create their own, all designed to address existing pain points for tax and accounting professionals. Forty-eight hours later, teams will present their innovations to a panel of Wolters Kluwer executive judges, who will rate them based on innovation, technical achievement and potential value generation. Winning teams have the potential for further development of their innovations through the division’s internal Innovation Lab, which encourages employees in the development, collaboration and ideation of new and creative solutions in a structured environment.
“The Code Games underscore the Tax & Accounting division’s high-performing culture of customer focus, excellence, agility, innovation, competitive spirit and fun,” said Karen Abramson, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, who is serving as a judge for the event. “With each passing year, I grow more impressed by the undeniable talent, creativity and innovation of Wolters Kluwer employees, who are always looking to make things better for our customers. It’s so rewarding to know that some of our most utilized, award-winning software features started right here at the Code Games. It is truly an inspirational event.”
About Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting is a leading provider of software solutions and local expertise that helps tax, accounting, and audit professionals research and navigate complex regulations, comply with legislation, manage their businesses and advise clients with speed, accuracy and efficiency.
Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting is part of Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL), a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.
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