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Cooking Up New Ideas (and BBQ) at DMC's FedEx Day
Molly Graham

Cooking Up New Ideas (and BBQ) at DMC's FedEx Day

DMC recently held another one of our favorite company-wide traditions... FedEx Day! On FedEx Day, everyone in the company takes a break from their day-to-day tasks and works on a project that they think will improve DMC. It's a great opportunity to collaborate with people we don't normally work with, develop new skills, and have fun. It's called a FedEx Day because the planned project must be delivered by the end of the day. With five offices and more employees than ever, the...

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Geek Challenge Results: The Perfect Bracket
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge Results: The Perfect Bracket

Congratulations to Grant Anderson of DMC, Michael Deck of Avant, and John Jacobsma! All correctly answered last month’s Geek Challenge with C: 93.424%! Michael Deck is this challenge’s winner for his extensive solution that not only solves the proposed problem but handles more involved aspects not considered by the OP.  Michael’s solution is below. 1 Introduction The problem is stated here. 2 Solution 2.1 Main solution First, we set forth the probability ...

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DMC Quote Board - May 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - May 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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Smart Bike Lights
Frank May

Smart Bike Lights

It's not fair.  Your car shows brake lights when it brakes. Some cool cars turn their lights on when you approach your car at night. Some really cool cars change the intensity of brake lights when they brake hard.  My bike has a red light that turns on when you press a button.  NOT FAIR.  For my FedEx Day project (a day where our company lets us make anything for 'next day delivery'), I brought my bike into the future with the help of a coworker and a ...

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DMC Chicago Holds First Blood Drive
Heather Talbert

DMC Chicago Holds First Blood Drive

Like most people after the New Year, DMC wanted to find some ways to start 2017 off right. So, when our Director of Finance and HR Deborah Nunaley suggested we hold an onsite blood drive, I thought, “Yeah! That’s a great idea!" Why Give Blood? Having not donated blood before, I learned some very cool and exciting facts about being a donor: Of those people entering the hospital, 1 in 7 will need blood. Every time you donate whole blood, you can save the li...

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Geek Challenge: The Perfect Bracket
Cameron Fyfe

Geek Challenge: The Perfect Bracket

With March Madness wrapping up and everyone’s brackets broken once again, this month’s Geek Challenge is about what it might take to build the perfect bracket. It's time for all the mathletes out there to show off their skills. Imagine that for every game in the NCAA tournament you know the probability p for the favored team to win the game. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume p is the same for all the games in the tournament. You fill out your bracket to reflec...

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DMC Quote Board - April 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - April 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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StevieBot. 50% Fish, 50% Slack, and 50%.NET
Eric Baggen

StevieBot. 50% Fish, 50% Slack, and 50%.NET

In my last Blog Post, I detailed how I used a Particle Internet Button to remind us to feed Stevie, DMC Boston’s office fish. In this post, I’ll discuss how I gave Stevie an alternate online personality. Automated personal assistants seem to be everywhere these days. We have Siri and Google Now in our phones, Amazon Echos and Google Homes in our houses, and plenty of other services and applications that answer our questions and provide us entertainment. At DMC, we now have Stev...

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Automated Display for Colorado Ski Conditions
Cameron Fyfe

Automated Display for Colorado Ski Conditions

DMC Denver has been enjoying another great ski season. Every year, we find ourselves frequently checking weather forecasts and snow reports to track how much snow our favorite mountains are getting. So during a recent FedEx Day, I decided to automate a system for acquiring and displaying this data on a desktop LCD! On FedEx Day, everyone works on a project that interests them that they think will improve DMC which must absolutely, positively be delivered by the end of the day...

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DMSki 2017: Adventures on the Slopes
Serena S

DMSki 2017: Adventures on the Slopes

DMSki, an annual ski trip that DMCers have been making to Colorado since 2011, was Denver’s Yearly Office Event (YOE) again this year. The YOE is an opportunity for DMC employees to meet near one of DMC's five locations for a fun trip planned by employees in that office. What started as an awesome time has grown into an even more awesome time with more and more DMC employees joining each year! If you want to check out the fun we had in years past, you can read about past...

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Using IoT to Feed a Fish
Eric Baggen

Using IoT to Feed a Fish

"Stevie is a fish. Stevie has no motors. Stevie prefers that you don’t tap on the tank. Stevie doesn’t know what Wi-Fi is. This is a picture of a computer. It’s not a fish. Stevie is a fish! I bet Stevie wishes he had hands so he could play with tablets." This description is printed on a sign that sits next to Stevie’s tank. Who is Stevie, you might ask? Stevie is DMC Boston’s office fish, and he is a valued member of the team. Like us, he ...

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FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation
Molly Graham

FedEx Day Fosters Continuous Innovation

DMC recently held our 7th FedEx Day across all offices. On FedEx Day, everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC. It’s one of our favorite company traditions! It's called a FedEx Day because part of the project must absolutely, positively be delivered by the end of the day. You can read about past FedEx Days on our blog: here, here, here, here, here, and here. Also, check out this classic FedEx Day video! How Does FedEx Day...

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DMC Quote Board - February 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - February 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.  

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Inside Chicago's Weirdest Sport
Ross Bunker

Inside Chicago's Weirdest Sport

Before I visited Chicago for my DMC training as a new employee, I had never played Whirlyball. In fact, I had never heard of Whirlyball until the week prior. I was excited to have the chance to play last week during a DMC activity fund event. It’s a fun tradition for the Chicago office. After trying it myself, I decided to spend some time researching this unique “sport”. Whirlyball Origins Despite its conception in Salt Lake City in the 1960's, there is a complete lac...

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DMC Blown Away by 2017 Holiday Party
Amy Costello

DMC Blown Away by 2017 Holiday Party

Last month, DMC employees and guests gathered to celebrate our accomplishments of 2016 and all we have to look forward to in the coming year. The annual Holiday Party is one of the most exciting events of the year. It's a great opportunity to chat with those you rarely get a chance to see and meet the new faces coming to DMC! Here's how we celebrated in each office. Denver DMC Denver started their evening with drinks and a social hour at Guard and Grace, a steak house in do...

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DMC Quote Board - January 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes of the moment.

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Glow Sticks, Kickball, and Flip Cup in NYC
becca s

Glow Sticks, Kickball, and Flip Cup in NYC

This Fall, DMC New York participated in our very first sports team. The league, organized by NYC Social, was a combined Kickball + Flip Cup season. Games were held at a park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We were excited that the bases, ball, and players would be lit by glow sticks! Since we have a small office, we joined forces with other small groups to make a full team. The other people on our team were awesome, and being paired with non-DMC teammates was a great way to meet new ...

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Denver Beer Tasting: Round 1
Cameron Fyfe

Denver Beer Tasting: Round 1

It wasn't too long ago that DMC Denver celebrated Opening Day, and now it is expanding into additional office space, with an expected completion in early 2017. We're excited to gain two new conference rooms in the process! Knowing the new rooms will follow our current theme of being named after Colorado breweries (Great Divide and Renegade are our current conference rooms), DMC Denver saw this as an opportunity to try some local brews during the naming process. What better way...

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Sporting Clays Activity Fund Event
Jay LaFave

Sporting Clays Activity Fund Event

Some members of the DMC Denver team recently capitalized on the Activity Fund to take a trip out to Colorado Clays Shooting Park for a round of sporting clays. The sporting clays course at Colorado Clays features 15 shooting stations. Each station is equipped with two clay target throwers. The throwers are positioned differently at all of the stations, so each one presents a unique challenge. Check out our video highlights! How It Works There are 50 pairs of targets between ...

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12 Days of DMChristmas
Patrick Smith

12 Days of DMChristmas

DMC's Chicago office gets in the holiday spirit with their own take on a Christmas classic. Check out the video for some caroling fun!   Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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