(warning: this post is going to be image-intensive)
As we progress halfway through our fourth week in Raleigh, the shock and awe of "omg we're internz at IBM!!11one" has all but been eclipsed - the orientations are done, our development environments are well-established, our product presentations are a few iterations into newfound maturity, and the VPs and other IBM executives have already started making their rounds through the lab.
It's nose->grindstone time!
Firstly, it's been a grueling pair of weeks regarding our product presentations. We're not even halfway through the summer, and already the presentations look completely unlike our first attempts three weeks ago. It's truly a marvel of metamorphosis, thanks in a large part to the kind, self-esteem-building, everyone-is-special feedback from our supervisors Bill and Ross.
(truthfully, they are the greatest supervisors I could ask for)
Here we have a couple of iPhone enthusiasts checking out our Quickr application:
And here we have the latest iteration of our project logo:
Progress on all fronts!
Secondly, those of you who for COMPLETELY INNOCUOUS REASONS may be sick and tired of the word "maverick", you may want to cover your eyes: this week featured the first of four Maverick presentations, this one focusing on "Value and Purpose". In order to demonstrate these concepts, we were split into four teams with the overarching objective of safely dropping a raw egg from 1 story. Two teams were required to use as few resources (paper + napkins) as possible, and the other two teams were set loose to use whatever materials in whatever quantity they saw fit.
Once each team had completed their contraption, we gathered in the RTP stairwell to perform live tests.
Without any sort of collaboration, the four teams managed to create similar contraptions between the two pairs. For the teams conserving resources, the focus was placed on creating some sort of "egg transport" to safely carry the egg. Unfortunately, neither attempt was successful.
The second pair of teams, without the resource quantity restriction, focused on building "egg recepticles" to safely catch the eggs, provided they were aimed properly from the floor above. Also unlike the previous two teams, these trials were successful - no additional coatings of egg innards were added to the neighboring walls, floors, and stone architecture (excluding the instances where the egg that was dropped missed the recepticle entirely...particularly when we decided to move to the third
The next Mavericks session in later this month. I wonder if we'll design catapults and transmogrifiers.
In the meantime, we're busy polishing up our projects for our next official iterations, in addition to putting the finishing touches on our presentations - the next go-round is tomorrow afternoon, in the company of IBM Distinguished Engineer Dave Ogle.
By the way, folks here are wicked good at Wii Tennis. It's kind of crazy.