On Friday morning, April 1st, all fortysomething members of GumGum’s engineering teams met in the cheerfully lit–albeit narrow–hallway of Santa Monica’s Promenade Playhouse. The theater, a cozy creative hub for Los Angeles’s performing arts community, was our temporary stage for the next three hours, a whimsical, if not cheeky, collision of Silicon Beach’s technology scene and the rinky-dink charms of old-school theater.
A semi-annual event, the Tech All Hands is not so much a tradition steeped into our company culture as it is a necessary checkup among the teams that fall under the “technology” umbrella at GumGum. It’s a showcase of our hard-earned accomplishments and a nod toward what is to come. Even though GumGum operates with minimal walls and maximum transparency between all employees, it is still easy to work with buried heads in the sand when we are so passionate about and focused on our individual projects. The Tech All Hands is when we share the why’s of where we’ve invested our time into and collaborate on ways in which we can recalibrate moving forward.
Fueled by the smoky bite of morning’s first coffee, team leads from Product to Big Data gave their peers an insightful look into what they’ve been brewing behind the curtain. Some highlights include a unified design/UI framework for our products and a brand new avails system that gives us much more accurate inventory forecasting for projected ad impressions. Perhaps most exciting has been our aggressive innovations in image technology. Through machine learning and extensive algorithm work, we are now able to recognize faces in images. Our Image Scientists have also designed a system from which we will house all of our recognition technology (such as our ability to accurately distinguish brand logos…and cats!).
Under the beam of red and green lights, the slideshow presentations were a performance in reassurance that we’ve done a lot, but also a motivating nudge to remind us that we can never stop fighting the good fight for more.
See you again in six months!