Away from cold Germany and off to Brazil by plane. This dream recently came true for the winner of the betting game that ies GmbH & Co. KG had ruled out for the World Cup 2014.
The winner spent one week at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, including flight, hotel and a grandstand ticket for the famous Sambadrome stadium. Six samba schools with up to 6000 Samba dancers and drummers vie for the attention of the audience and the jury on four consecutive evenings. Dancing on a 700 meter track from 9.30pm until early morning, each samba school has a total of 90 minutes to present itself. About 90,000 spectators watched the spectacle from the stands and cheered the dancers on. Markus Brenner?s enthusiasm persists as the winner of the betting game tells us: "A huge spectacle, which is unrivaled!"
Only when visiting the Maracanã stadium where the German national football team had won the world cup in July last year the heart of the football fan struck higher. Mainly because Germany was the first European team to win a World Cup Tournament in South America.
A visit to the Christ statue overlooking the town was mandatory, as Markus Brenner states: "If you come to Rio once in a lifetime, you should definitely visit Corcovado mountain and Pão de Açúcar to admire the magnificent city view." The lucky winner was also to enjoy the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and the legendary Copacabana at finest weather conditions.
Martin Steger, Managing Director of ies said he would have liked to do the same trip, but rather one year ago at the World Cup. That is because the Managing Director of embedded computing specialist ies from Meinerzhagen had another carnival event to attend in Germany: "We have celebrated the Cologne Carnival with over 120 customers, partners, suppliers and staff members. This unique event was also part of the prizes in the betting game. The feedback we have received on this event was indescribable positive and shows that we have created a very familiar environment here at ies."