Ensuring that your Companies Glamorous Away Day in Goa Sucks

Ross and Russ
Fifty – Prague 2014

One of the most exciting things about working at Fifty is meeting up with our international diaspora once a quarter. Our most recent meet-up was in Prague, the next is in Barcelona. Reykjavik is the one after. Obviously we are choosing fun, not sucky cities. Its easy, as that is where our team have chosen to live. Ok not Reykjavik, that really is picked for fun.

Functional away days can be incredible, none more so than the ones I have experienced at London 2012. We have learnt to sing, dragon boat race and walked over the Millennium Dome looking like super heroes in blue jump suits. They stick in my memory more than the Games themselves. Sadly one had Boris Johnson banging on about being the murder capital of the world, so even the best organisation can get it wrong.

Yet, Boris was not as jaw dropping or sucky as the off-site that I attended in Goa.

Here is a summary of what I learnt on how to royally screw up.

Subdiffusion: “Tell nobody what is happening”

No one was formally told about this away day. Unless you count office gossip. The one formal email explaining the travel arrangements was sent the night before by the office manager. None of the leadership team explained the plan or issued an agenda. This was a great way to create a sucky start to the experience and let rumours fly. It was only when I saw people from the office at Nizamudean train station did I actually think I might make it to Goa.

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HTML 5 and CSS3 Tic Tac Toe

My Head of Creative Technology was visiting our Delhi team from Singapore last week and upon touching back down at Regional HQ set us the Challenge of creating a Tic Tac Toe game with nothing but HTML 5 and CSS3

So naturally I googled and got this

http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/topic/247361-simple-tic-tac-toe-using-html5-css3-and-javascript/

and

http://rodrigo-silveira.com/html5-tic-tac-toe-challenge/

In the second post Rodrigo had decided to see how fast he can code a tic-tac-toe game. Crazy but it spurred me on. Its close to 43 degrees in Delhi and rising so while I am trapped in air-conditioning lets go…

I barely remember how to create a new file on my Mac with a html extension and then remembered the TextEdit can do that and very proudly I drop a file next to my Xamp folder which weirdly is the entire contents of my document drive at home. I start working my way through FromTheSprawl post and hit my first new thing. Its a nifty tag creating dynamic pallets using JavaScript. Immediately I think I am on the wrong lines but I double check the challenge, Javascript isn’t out.

But the tutorial is still going to fast for me. So lets break it down. I have single box canvas and when I hit on it I want it to do something. Anything.

function canvasClicked(canvasNumber){alert("hello world!"); }

Ok so now lets display something in the Canvas. Putting X ontop. Wait in the post the guys are drawing their X, W3C has an example that displays words.
So combining the two we get.


function canvasClicked(canvasNumber){ var c = document.getElementById("canvas1"); var ctx = c.getContext("2d"); ctx.font = "30px Arial"; ctx.fillText("X",10,50); alert("hello world!"); }
// ]]

 

So I got a call and went out eat sushi, soaked in the swimming pool. I came back and added all the squares for the game. Just in case you thought life in Delhi was dull.


Kavita Kapoor’s amazing Tic Tac Toe game



Anyway taking out the alert box seems to break the whole thing but I shall ignore this and move onto creating the game logic. When I finally come back to this I am not sure if the computer is going to play or two humans. For now, it was straight forward task to create a variable which tracked if it was X or O turn.

At that point I played my game against myself repeatedly till bedtime and slept happy.

VPython 3d Programming

A few weeks ago I headed over to Finland and upon arriving in Helsinki was greeted with a pot luck picnic. Somewhere between courses of rogue jaffa cakes and polenta lasagne I met Andrew.

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I was forwarned, Andrew was a programmer. A keen fish enthusiast displaced from his home in kentucky USA he had chosen vPython to create himself a fish tank. A few weeks later I invited him to address the various iris digital teams scattered between London and Asia.

Andrew spoke about VPython, simple and clean 3d programming. It takes minutes to set up and launch. Actually it took me a while because my machine ran out of battery. However Bouncing Ball the hello world of this language took 15 seconds to launch. The guys in London got it launched while the talk took place.

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Times of India Competition

The team I lead in Delhi are rather an incredible bunch of hard working individuals. I am massively luckily to be hanging out with them. It was brought home to me this week when I got a call from Muskan. She has only gone and got herself short listed for for the Times of India competition being run by AFAQs.

Times of India are one of those brands like the Guardian or the New York Times that has been around a long time and gives a country it’s distinct identity, one of its many conversation starters. Thus I am very excited for her.

One of 10 teams chosen from over 120 applicants, the iris team consists of Muskan and Anadi. Both locked in a guest house in Delhi for the duration of the competition. On the morning of July 14th the teams were given a digital marketing brief to work on. For the next 24 hours; they are cut off from the world, with nothing but their creative and strategic skills to come up with an exciting solution to the brief. Mid afternoon of the 15th July our amazing team will present their solutions to a jury and a client. If that isn’t daunting enough the winner stands to win Rs. 100,000 and the digital duties for the Times of India Lead India Programme.

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iris Worldwide appoints Kavita Kapoor as Regional Digital Director of Operations

In January of this year I deScreen Shot 2015-10-13 at 5.24.46 pmcided to take a role at iris Worlwide, looking after their Indian digital team. I am sure I shall talk lots of about it in this blog but for now this is what the local press had to say ;

Indiantelevision.com

http://www.exchange4media.com

http://www.campaignasia.com

http://www.campaignbrief.com

http://www.adgully.com

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