Engineering Valentine's Day Challenge by Andrew Paulson

HireVue's Engineering team decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day old school, elementary school to be specific. Each product room made valentines for the other 7 product rooms. They were also asked to decorate a tissue box to hold their valentines. While several engineers groaned audibly when Rocky Olsen announced the event, everyone seemed to get into the Valentines spirit by February 14th.

All the rooms ended up putting in significant creative effort, creating a mix of festive, confounding, funny and disturbing results. On Valentine’s Day the whole team came together to eat cookies baked by Alison Hartle and look at the boxes and valentines. Judging was based on adherence to the overall theme of 8-Bit love. Additional points were given for the box that best incorporated candy hearts and LEDs and for the valentine that had the best use of code in poetry. This led to several indecipherable valentines, which many people had fun attempting to decode.

The winning box came from Product Room 8 who made an almost life-size Loren Larsen (HireVue's CTO) cutout with light up eyes. Aptly enough they won a romantic lunch with Loren. The winning valentine was from Product Room 4, the insights team, who’s team lead, Brad Grimm, wrote a custom poem for each other office. Other exciting boxes include product room 4’s censored cupid, and product room 5’s fully functional NES. Several esoteric programming languages found their way into the valentines including obfuscated C, internal and whitespace. 

The winning Valentine's Day Box

The winning Valentine's Day Box

The winning valentine poems can be found here

Here’s a full list of the boxes and valentines made by each team.
Product Room 1 (Jesse/Meag/Taylor/Tom/Kiely)
Box: Nyan Cat
Valentine: (Runner Up) 8-Bit Poem

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Runner Up Valentine

Runner Up Valentine

Product Room 2 (Aaron/Alex/Aric/Ashley/Gary/Jared/Josh/Kylir/Paul)
Box: Portal themed box with plush turret and working 3D printed radio
Valentine: Obfuscated C Valentine, Code by Aric Parkinson

Product Room 3 (Brad/Jianmin/Katya/Keith/Lindsey/Riley)
Box: Val 9000
Valentine: (Winner) Poems by Brad Grimm

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Product Room 4 (Andrew/Evan/Kendall/Nathan/Ryan/Thatcher)
Box: (Runner Up) Pixel Cupid
Valentine: Real Heart in a Jar

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Product Room 5 (Chris/Damian/Byron/Jeremy/Rocky)
Box: Working NES
Valentine: Intercal Valentine by Byron Clark

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Product Room 6 (Brandon/Dave/Syhalla/Stuart/Mike/Pete/Ricky)
Box: DIY LED Box by Mike Weaver
Valentine: Customized Perler Bead Valentines by Syhalla Bales

Product Room 7 (David/Karl/Luke/Vidul/Brent)
Box: Underwear Box
Valentine: Whitespace Valentines by Karl Schurig and ASCII Valentines by Luke Nelson

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Whitespace Valentine (try it out):
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Product Room 8 (Chris/Hyrum/Rob/Steve/Tara/TJ)
Box: (Winner) Almost Life-size Loren Box
Valentine: Loren Themed Valentines

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