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Drumroll Please…we have a new universal HipChat emoticon

| March 05, 2014

You may have heard about the Emoticon auction we ran a few weeks ago. Our goal was to raise $1,200 to cover the full cost of secondary education of one girl in Cambodia through Room to Read.

We’re happy (and incredibly grateful) to announce the auction raised $1,500 for our cause. In true Atlassian fashion, Sarah’s story inspired our employees to triple the donation. That’s right, we’re raising nearly $4,000 for Room to Read. Thank you to everyone who supported us with your tweets, likes and your bids.

Before we reveal the new emoticon, let’s get to know our winning donor and what motivated such a generous contribution.

Meet Sarah Ramkissoon

Sarah lives in Ontario, Canada but grew up in eastern India. She is an active member of an online community called TopCoder where she is in the top 20% of female developers. She hopes her contribution will help encourage women to pursue technical careers. She also has a personal connection to the cause.

I am East-Indian and know what it is like to grow up in a 3rd world country and have to struggle to get an education. I am lucky enough to live in Canada now and have had the access to opportunities that I was able to take advantage of, and be in a better place. I am happy to support someone else who happened to be unlucky enough to be born where those opportunities don’t exist as much.

-Sarah Ramkissoon

She also understands the power that an image, even a 30×25 emoticon, can convey.  Her goal is to change perceptions of what it means to be a woman in a technical field.

I believe that it is possible to be a nerd/geek/smart and be attractive, personable etc – too often young girls are reluctant to shine in areas like science and maths, because of a perception that they might be seen as ‘less feminine’ – nerd or geek is not something to be ashamed of, but to be proudly celebrated.

-Sarah Ramkissoon

As a mother, it’s important that her daughter learns that technical fields are not just for boys. Women can be confident, attractive, independent and excel in technical careers.

“As someone who has benefitted greatly from the sacrifices made by my previous generation to ensure that I am an empowered and educated woman, I applaud Sarah Ramkissoon and all those who participated in the emoticon auction.  The funds raised by this auction will help us transform the lives of 4 girls in Cambodia and ensure that they have the academic support and the life skills needed to shape a better future for themselves and their families.”

– Geetha Murali, Chief Development Officer, Room to Read


Sarah will add the emoticon (nextgendev) (nextgendev) to our robust universal emoticon inventory.

Want to help?

Please help us raise the remaining funds to cover the cost of secondary education for 50 girls in Cambodia by donating  here.

Should we do this again? Let us know in the comments!

Help us raise money for charity (and win a system-wide emoticon)

| January 21, 2014

Help us raise funds for the Room to Read  and share your custom emoticon with the world.

Starting today, the HipChat team will open bidding on a universal HipChat emoticon via

We’re starting the bidding at $250.  Yes, that’s a lot of money for something you can create on your own for private use. The kicker here is that your emoticon would become part of every HipChat experience.

Universal? Go into any HipChat room and type (dealwithit). You’ll see this guy 

Everyone sees him because he is system-wide.

How it works

  1. Place your bid at
  2. If you win, our co-founder, Pete, will help you with your design.
  3. We’ll make sure everyone knows about it via our newsletter, blog, social media and lobby messages.

Of course, we reserve the right to refuse any content we deem inappropriate.

The cause

Our parent company, Atlassian, has set the goal of raising funds to benefit the  Room to Read Girls’ Education Program in Cambodia.

Our team believes in this cause and the organization behind it. We sent 11 staff members to check out the program personally.


Atlassians have created some epic emoticons for internal use. Most of them reflect inside jokes.  They are also a great way to build camaraderie.

We’ve got an incredible Events Manager named Rudy who owns a panda suit. He’s got his own emoticon (rudy) that makes everyone smile 

We also created emoticons based on our company values. The first of which is open company, no bullshit. So Atlassians type (nobullshit) and see 

We know you’ve got some good ones too…

So let’s merge forces to raise money for a great cause. The auction lasts until February 13th. Bid now!

Comic – You do not understand email

| January 18, 2011

There are a lot of reasons why it’s so hard to get actual work done while at work. Pointless meetings, too much email, etc. We were going to write thoughtful essays about it, but decided to make a series of crude comics instead.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with this style of comic, it’s part of an internet meme known as Rage Comics or “fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu.” You can check out more rage comics on Reddit or learn about the meme. Some of them may be NSFW.