At Zappos, our developers speak many languages: English, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Hindi, Perl, Java (to name a few). However, an equally important language we speak on a daily basis is one of take-no-prisoners geek fun and good times. Check out this video featuring some of our truly next level events from the past year!
The Zappos Dev Team hosted their third annual Donut Eating Contest last week. It was definitely something to behold.
The results for the Donut Eating contest are below:
Brent – 15
Amit – 14*
Jaimee – 14
Nigel – 13
Mark – 12
Slotito – 12
John F – 11
Steve F – 7
Brent “It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint” Cromley, subsisting on a bizarre diet of heads of lettuce the day before, takes the crown for the second time with 15 donuts. Amit, who won a sudden-death first-to-the-finish “eat-off” versus Jaimee “Sonya Thomas” Newberry, finished in second place with 14. Jaimee, the competition’s first female competitor, finished third.
Mark Madej – the man, the myth, the donut fan – did an awesome job organizing this, so if you had fun while watching eight of your co-workers and friends engorge themselves on sugary fried dough in the shape of a circle, stop by his desk and give him many thanks.
Development, or Dev, for short, is the department at Zappos.com that truly makes some magic happen on a basis that is quite daily, we gotta say. They build the Front and Back End of the website…and that is the simple explanation. If you want the ‘more simplistic than necessary’ explanation that I came up with, here you go:
“They type things into a black box on a computer screen, and then Zappos can sell you clothing through the computer screen.”
I know, I know, that doesn’t help. No one ever accused me of being smart in the ways of a Dev-er.
But I digress…This past week, the Dev Department were allowed 2 days to create and build whatever their hearts desired and all of the current projects that they are busy with were put on hold. Just to see what kind of Technological awesomeness that they could come up with to make our customer’s shopping experiences better.
The Blogs Team crossed over into Dev to see what we could film without being reprimanded by Dev’s Forces.