Mastering the Level Up Games - Summer 2017

Every year, budding startups and established tech companies in Austin face off for a a day of "grueling" athletic challenges called the Level Up Games. Employees compete in “Olympic-style” events like beer pong, flip cup, Liar’s Dice, cornhole, and more.

HomeAway President, John Kim, celebrating a beer pong win.

HomeAway President, John Kim, celebrating a beer pong win.

Team HomeAway was in it to win it this year and prepared for weeks in advance, practicing beer pong and flip cup into the wee hours of the night. Even President, John Kim, spent time sharpening his Liar’s Dice skills. The late night practices paid off because HomeAway placed in several events including ping pong and beer pong.

Team HomeAway warming up for round two of beer pong.

Team HomeAway warming up for round two of beer pong.

 

The best part about the Level Up Games is that all the money raised through winning events is donated towards a charitable cause. HomeAway raised $7,500 for SAFE Austin, a children's shelter and SafePlace serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. 

Team HomeAway taking a break to enjoy the food trucks.

Team HomeAway taking a break to enjoy the food trucks.

For those who didn’t compete, it was a great opportunity to have a couple beers, cheer on Team HomeAway, and connect with other tech workers in Austin. There were several yummy food trucks in the back for everyone to refuel between events!

Level Up Games were held at Fair Market this year with 10 companies participating. A few of our friends were there including Spredfast, BigCommerce, and RetailMeNot.

Level Up Games were held at Fair Market this year with 10 companies participating. A few of our friends were there including Spredfast, BigCommerce, and RetailMeNot.

This is one of those company events you don’t want to miss since it only happens once a year. Tap your work bestie and start practicing for these events because the next Level Up Games is only 365 days away! 

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Hurricane Irma Temporary Housing

HomeAway vacation rental home owners and property managers are offering complimentary and reduced-cost stays for Hurricane Irma evacuees and rescue workers bound for impacted areas.

HomeAway will connect travelers to available properties through its Temporary Housing page: https://www.homeaway.com/irma. HomeAway will also waive all service fees associated with booking these properties.

Customer support personnel will assist families and groups in need of housing with the reservation process. The phone number 1-888-336-7713 is dedicated as a direct line for those in need of assistance.

Property owners and managers who wish to make their homes available can do so here: www.HomeAway.com/IrmaDonations. Any HomeAway vacation rental owners and managers requiring assistance with their property listing may contact customer support through a separate dedicated phone number: 1-888-337-0843.

“Much like the spirited response we received just last week after Hurricane Harvey, vacation rental owners and managers have made their homes available to their neighbors and those in need of housing following Hurricane Irma,” said Bill Furlong, HomeAway Vice President, North America. “Florida and the islands affected by the storm are a special places for many who live and vacation there, and we hope for a swift recovery.”

 

Hurricane Harvey Temporary Housing

Thanks to the generosity of HomeAway® vacation rental owners and managers, select rental properties in Texas and surrounding states can be reserved for free or reduced cost to displaced victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

HomeAway is helping connect travelers to available properties through its Temporary Housing page: http://hmwy.co/TemporaryHousing. All service fees associated with booking these properties have been waived by HomeAway. The full cost of the rental may vary based on the specific discount offered by the homeowner.

HomeAway customer support personnel are available to assist with the reservation process to those families and groups in need of housing.  The phone number 1-888-336-7713 is dedicated as a direct line for those in need of assistance.

Property owners and managers who wish to make their homes available can do so here: http://hmwy.co/HelpWithHarvey. Any HomeAway vacation rental owners and managers requiring assistance with their property listing may contact customer support through a separate dedicated phone number: 1-888-337-0843.

“Being based in Texas, nearly all of our HomeAway employee family is either related to or knows someone affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Bill Furlong, HomeAway Vice President, North America. “We are moved by those who are dedicating themselves to help our fellow Texans, especially those opening their doors.”

To complement the numerous efforts taking place statewide, HomeAway is teaming up with its employees for Hurricane Harvey relief. In addition to pledged donations to the American Red Cross and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, HomeAway will match, two to one, all employee donations to their chosen hurricane relief organization.