Every year, Indesign, LLC has a fall festival. Traditionally, we have a company Halloween costume contest, office decoration contest, pumpkin carving contest, and trick-or-treating in the office for all family and friends. It is a lot of fun! One of my favorite parts is the giant black cat straddling the office wall. Sorry for the blower fan that ends up on your desk, Sydney.
My son has always dressed up as a robot for Halloween (maybe he’ll grow up to be a nerd like me). My wife is a very creative person and makes costumes by hand with the kids, and one year I decided to help in the best way I knew how. I dusted off my old Arduino from back in the day when I wrote firmware for fun instead of for a living. I proudly used this same Arduino to demo one of my personal projects when I interviewed for a job. In this case, for Halloween, I programmed it to display a little Halloween greeting on an LCD. I also wired up some seven-segment LEDs to create a flashing message.
Powered by a USB battery pack, it turned out pretty well, and he loved it! Don’t let the serious look on his face fool you. Trust me… he loved it.
We made our rounds through the office, collecting way more candy than a responsible parent would allow. There are probably a hundred photos from the fall festival. Everyone always has a blast, and it’s fun to browse through photos of everyone that came and see all the kids’ costumes.
After the fall festival at Indesign, we walked around the neighborhood.
This is a great memory for me and my family and for the folks at Indesign. Mixing technology with Halloween is only natural for an embedded software engineer, and it made for an extra fun costume and hopefully an enjoyable blog. I’m thankful that I enjoy my job and that I was able to enhance the holiday for my son using the skills I use every day at Indesign. I hope it showed him and the other kids that engineering is fun and creative!
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