Our second San Francisco Design Week event was a huge success!
We loved connecting with our friends and meeting so many new ones. It was great to show our office space and give everyone a peek into our lab.
SF Design Week was the perfect opportunity to try out a modern take on wine blending technology, Vinfusion. This technology helped guests to design their perfect wine and then provided suggestions as to what would be the closest match available at a retail store. During our happy hour event we poured 172 glasses of wine!
Guests also entered other worlds with two unique virtual reality experiences. They stepped inside the Stargate 64 anechoic chamber, a radio test facility that allows radio engineers to see radio signals in real time. They also could step into the center of the action in Steam games, using the VR tracking technology that Synapse helped to create with Valve. The line to check out our virtual reality systems went all night long and dozens of people tried VR for the first time!
At the end of the day, our team was able to raise over $350 dollars for Girls Who Code. Synapsters were so proud that our attendees helped us to support an organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.
It’s often a significant challenge to collect data in environments where conditions are difficult for electronics to tolerate, like industrial facilities, commercial kitchens, or on the seafloor. But with smart engineering and the right approach, data collected in these harsh environments can provide enormous value.
Over the last six years, we’ve made an effort to build diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fabric of our organization. From the beginning, we’ve taken an iterative approach, revisiting our initiatives, processes, and policies to make improvements over time, multiple times. Now that we’ve made significant progress, we want to share insights that we hope will help you make positive change at your own organization.
Puget Sound has its share of challenges—homelessness, traffic congestion, and affordable housing to name a few. But, an underlying issue is that we're not working together to find solutions. I'm active with the Washington Technology Industry Association's Ion program—a collaboration incubator that brings together tech, government, and not-for-profits to tackle community challenges. In this video report, I explore this important topic.
GitLab was recently in the house for DevOps Stories Seattle, "a single day symposium dedicated to real-life DevOps transformation stories." Hosting the event here in our Seattle office was a great opportunity for us to cross-pollinate with other people and organizations that are using GitLab to solve their own challenges. Software Engineering Program Lead, Jason Haensly, joined in on the knowledge-sharing with a presentation describing how we use GitLab throughout the product development process, and why we think it's such a win.
Synapse is a product development firm. We work with the best companies in the world to drive innovation and introduce cutting-edge devices that positively impact our lives. Fueled by a desire to solve complex engineering challenges, we develop products that transform brands and accelerate advances in technology.