We spent more than 20 days in London, I am glad to be back home (Awww home, sweet home). Oftentimes, I browse through my phone to relive those unforgettable memories of the life in London with my swag team. There are still a million thoughts going through my mind now.
华为巴展（MWC 2020）初期竞标从11月1日Day 0 Brief开始到11月28日公布中标结果历时28天；预热会项目跟进从11月29日开始到2020年2月21日活动闭幕止，共历时85天，接近3个月；前期竞标+后期执行共计113天，是单体项目持续时间较长的一个华为项目。
The first time of knowing that THP has the honor to take a part in the bidding for Huawei MWC2020 events was the first day of November in 2019. I was in charge of leading team Day0. From the first time the brief released to us submitting the proposal, and till the announcement of us wining the bid, we have been through almost a month. If you are also in this industry, you will know what am I talking about, the feeling of uncertainty of mine is consuming me every day in last November, hopefully, I could have a easy November this year (just kidding, I love the storms in life, which keeps me awake and motivates me to achieve more)
Team Delta 成员代号
Veteran cadre：Peaceful，Most of the time, clients are more anxious than him
Gold Chain：Looks like a thug, fragile like a girl inside
Sky Bully：A steel straight man harder than a transformer
Ben Ben Ben：Good man for home and travel
Engineer Liu（Girl）：Work silently，but drinking like a sharp sword
Sasa：Rain or shine, always keeps her high heels sharp
It sounds like an unprofessional team to you isn’t it? Actually, here is where the turn comes in; we are an excellent professional team. As an alternative but yet super professional team, we undertook the arduous task of hosting the Pre-MWC 2020 Beijing and the Pre-MWC 2020 London.
The event in Beijing was going to be Feb.17th of 2020, and the one in London was Feb.20th of 2020. Now, you realized the time gap between the two events is three days apart. But if you count accurately, it would only be 2 days apart. We started our first proposal in the beginning of December last year. Luckily that Huawei offered to use their venue, which is EBC to host the event. The first time we arranged site inspection with EBC was inefficient. Therefore, Alex and I went to EBC Beijing on our own.
After one day trip to Beijing, we were back in Shanghai. I figured we needed to straighten out a couple of things; therefore, I dragged the whole team in the office on a Saturday night ( Don’t get me wrong, they would love to see me during the weekend, cause we always say THP is a lovely family). Since then, we had always stayed for extra hours to work and team bonding.
Well, updating proposal is like my everyday skincare routine. The tricky part is that annual party of THP is like my yearly inescapable SPA. Since we were having it up in the mountain, so it makes it difficult for us to update the proposal by just using a laptop to do all the 3D and graphic work. As the saying goes, where there is a will, there is a way, ZZ and Savannah decided to bring their desktop with them to the mountain. ZZ was happily agreed with the plan, where leaves Savannah with no choice (alright alright, she was forced to, but still she managed a way to numb herself the fact that she was taking the desktop with her the whole trip).
Under the worst circumstance of corona virus, our construction plan in Beijing was ruined, following up with cancelation of Pre-MWC Beijing.
Even things have changed drastically, but just a reminder to you that as workaholics, nothing can stop us doing our job.
Because nothing pause yet, London project was on the process, then we were on the mission of making it happen.
I have been left London for more than 10 years already. The very first time returning back to London I have been laughed at for many times. They complained about the place I took them to dine in and the streets I took them walk on. Chinatown is still the Chinatown that I remembered, and it hasn’t changed a bit to me. Well, the frying bread sticks’ price is not what I was expected, and there are a few new added milk tea shops that Kathy and Savannah wouldn’t move every time we passed by. Other than that, I still see London as it is ten years ago.
A week in London is like a week in slow motion. The project was going on a smooth process, but who knows corona is like a ghost, shadowing the whole world. GSMA was forced to canceled MWC in Feb.12th, we were worried that London might canceled as well, since there is no MWC, pre-MWC makes no sense whatsoever. However, London event has continued. The tough part is that since MWC canceled, all the other important launches were moved to London. The clients wanted to added more meetings to the London project, they even requested to rent another venue to host more meetings, which was impossible to achieved, due to the lack of time, but we have already done more than we could.
老干部和大金链马不停蹄地前往The Dorchester。大金链Alex总是那么时尚臭美，你可以说我不潮但是我也有自己的时尚信仰，我为The North Face代言，忠实粉丝，毋庸置疑。
虽然非常不情愿做任何调整，但我们依旧去做了确认工作，工人和货车无法提前抵达意味着无法提前开始；相距活动仅剩一周时间不到，第二个场地我们没时间和额外团队跟进；但在确认的过程得知一个好消息是这次活动的酒店The Dorchester London在后面两天有档期，我们给到客户中肯的建议是第二天的活动加在同一个酒店，设备与人员可以做相应调整！
The workaholic side of us has defeated the laziness in us. Our dedication and efforts makes all clients’ extra demands fulfilled.
We were informed that the Dorchester has room for us to rent for an extra day, and then we reported to the client. Honestly, after countless times communicating with the clientwithout any positive responses, I was frustrated for a bit. The process is like a relay, except I am not taking anything over, nor handing off anything. I was counting on the client to make decision immediately, and then my team was expecting me to give orders, so that they can continue their tasks.
The client’s demands were changing repetitiously. However, we still managed to tackle every problem that came to us.
等待2天之后，活动最终确定下来从原本的半天大会+分会增加至1天大会+酒会+2天分会+半天参观，会议人数从150人增加至250人。项目变动非常大，巴展的很多发布内容和展出内容都在尽可能搬往伦敦，大量客户也从巴塞罗那赶来伦敦，在评估了现场工作之后，在巴塞罗那的Team Alpha 4人组前来支持，一人做整体把控，一人分管分会场需求，一人分管现场第三方人员，一人分管摄影摄像需求。为了配合彩排，2月17日晚搭建团队提前一晚进场！所有人员进入现场工作状态。
Four days before the event, we finally know the final schedule of the event and it has change drastically. More attendee would arrive to the event in London from Barcelona, which mean the increased workloads were exceeded our team’s capacity. At that critical moment, the team alpha from Barcelona offered to help. We are appreciated; let’s applaud them for the help.
THP都是一群Workaholics, 当然我们还是坚持work hard, play harder 的原则
A lot of new AV requests from the client that we could not satisfied, because the stocks our supplier brought along with them were not enough, since the AV team arrived in London before the situation changed.
On the 18th, we finished 90% of the site construction. We started the rehearsal from 9am on the 19th. We rehearsed for multiple times till 9pm. Rundowns in the ballroom and all the other meeting rooms were know well by the team and the client a day before the event. All the other things were ready, such as personnel’s were well-trained, digital platforms were well-prepared, and all the requested sanitized items were well-placed.
During the event, we would have a summarize meeting every day after work. Sorting everyone’s task and then make reflections and improvements.
Because of our well preparation, the event went well. The starts of 2020 is extraordinary, first is the corona virus, then who know what difficulties we might face later? However, hopefully along with improvement of the stopping the virus, better luck will comes along. After all, it was a great experience working with my team and Huawei. London was great, all is well.
The day we left London, it rained but the rainbow came out to say farewell at last. I put it in my pocket and brought it back home.
素材：老干部, Alex，Savannah, Lyra