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Published October 13, 2023

Accelerate 2023: Ocienteers Unite on Shared Mission to Deliver Hyperscale Data Solutions for Growing Customer Base

Annual event brings together Ocient employees from around the globe in Chicago, Illinois

By Ocient Staff

It was quite a week for Ocienteers!

From October 2-5, 2023, engineers, product managers, sales executives, and more gathered at the Forge in Lemont, Illinois to celebrate recent successes, focus on how to better serve our customers and also make time for some friendly competition.

This year the annual event was called, “Accelerate 2023: Mission Possible.”

While founded in 2016, Ocient came out of stealth-mode in 2022. We’re a quickly growing, remote-first company with deep roots in the Chicagoland area that continues to build on the momentum of +171% year-over-year in bookings and innovation behind our flagship product, the Ocient Hyperscale Data Warehouse.

Ocienteers at the Forge in Lemont, Illinois on October 5, 2023. 


Over 150 Ocienteers traveled to Chicago from locations as diverse as India, Germany, Britain and from across the United States.

CEO and Co-Founder Chris Gladwin addresses Ocienteers on October 5, 2023.


CEO and Co-Founder Chris Gladwin kicked off the events from the stage at the Forge. Over 100 employees were separated into different colored teams to compete in events such as kayaking, axe-throwing, archery tag, cornhole and more.

The 2023 O-Games included kayaking and other activities.


After a competitive couple days, it was the purple team that came out on top. Congrats to all who competed.

The Purple Team poses with medals after winning the 2023 O-Games.


One of the highlights of the event was the annual Ocient Awards show. Trophies and hardware were awarded to the Ocienteers who delivered the most patents over the last year. Congrats and thank you to Distinguished Engineer Dave Boutcher, Distinguished Engineer Greg Dhuse, Senior Technical Product Manager Rhett Starr and Chief Architect George Kondiles for all of the hard work!

CEO and Co-Founder Chris Gladwin and Senior Director of Marketing Jenna Boller present at the 2023 Ocient Awards.


Ocient is built on the values of leadership, customer-focus, inclusivity and collaboration. The Awards show celebrated these values and over 30 employees were awarded Ocient Value Awards for going above and beyond in their everyday work.

Ocienteers awarded Value Awards at the Forge in Lemont, Illinois on October 5, 2023.


And it wasn’t all just fun and data. Ocienteers took time to do some good for the planet, including the opportunity to take a walk led by a naturalist at the park trails of The Forge Charitable Adventures. You can see various plants identified by employees here.

Thank you to the entire team who made this event possible.

We can hardly wait for 2024! If you’re interested in learning more about the life at Ocient and see current job openings click here.