Weekly Wrap Up - Countdown to the Con
14 Jun 2016
It’s coming. You can feel it in the air. Banners of epic battle-worn characters with never-out-of-place hair are going up. Batmans have traded the comforts of their caves for a 2-night stay with continental breakfast at the Brown Palace. Deadpools everywhere are facing the heart-wrenching decision of choosing which swords will not be confiscated by security. Yes, superheroes far and wide are gearing up to descend upon the Convention Center in downtown Denver for Comicon.
Not too far away in Boulder, we’re also shining our favourite little Droid from a galaxy far, far away for an action-packed weekend. In between the sea of cosplay (with probably a healthy ratio of Disney Princesses), you can find BB-8 awe-inspiring superheroes and civilians alike, with holographic messaging, voice command, drive control or roaming autonomously.
So somewhere between the $9 you’ll spend on that hot dog for lunch and SnapChat-stalking the Harley Quinn’s and Sailor Moons, come by our booth and hang for a while. It may be hot outside, but we’ll be cooler than (but not dead like) Mr. Freeze on the inside.
So for this weekend, we leave you brave heroes with this blessing:
May your spandex fit like a glove,
May the ticket lines be short,
And the bathroom lines be shorter.
A Day In The Life: Kevin Winn
Q. First, let’s get some formalities out of the way: who are you and what is your title?
A. My Name is Kevin Winn, and I'm a QA Engineer at Sphero.
Q. And can you tell us exactly what you do here at Sphero?
A. I work with automating our testing process through Unit Testing, automated execution of our apps, and a whole bunch of log report reading.
Q. Holy catfish, that’s a lot. Any advice for someone looking to get all up into that?
A. When it comes to code, my number one recommendation is practice, practice, practice.
Q. …So definitely something for the patient and humbled, got it. Can you share what you’re currently working on?
A. Right now I'm writing Unit Tests for our new SDK, or Software Development Kit. Basically, the SDK is what allows the robots to connect to your device.
Q. Thank you for explaining that. I felt embarrassed to ask. What is your favourite aspect of working at Sphero?
A. The people at Sphero are what make the company special. We have folks from all walks of life, yet we all share a deep passion for what we get to do here, and it really shows.
Q. Right? I keep telling people we’re kinda fun. Speaking of fun, which bot is your fave?
A. I'm partial to the SPRK myself. I have a lot of friends who work as teachers, and having them brag about the code their students wrote in Lightning Lab always puts a smile on my face.
Q. Props for having street and school cred. How do you chill outside of Sphero?
A. I'm a music junkie and outdoors fanatic. I used to work as a backpacking guide, and spent many years singing in a professional choir, so both have kinda stuck with me.
Q. So what do you love the most about living in Colorado (besides basically everything)?
A. The Mountains, hands down. When you're a few days into a trail with no cell service, or any other signs of human civilization, everything just kinda melts away. That's where I find my center.
Q. Sounds therapeutic. I dig it. Can you tell me a place I gotta check out around here?
A. The Village in Boulder. It's a small little diner my friends and I would go to before ski trips. Best breakfast in Boulder in my opinion.
Q. Breakfast is my favourite meal, so I’ll definitely be checking out. Ok, one last question—tell me something about yourself that will blow my mind. Or at least that I will find unexpected, thus semi blowing my mind.
A. When I was 13 I performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.