Weekly Wrap Up - NYCC

11 Oct 2016
Weekly Wrap Up - NYCC

New York, we must say you are looking quite stunning lately. Did you lose weight? Maybe you changed your hair? We can’t help but notice how dazzling your subways around Javits Center looked with our Force Band and BB-8 posters on them. A really nice touch, if we do say so ourselves.

As promised, we finished our East Coast tour with a last stop at New York Comic Con where New Yorkers came out in some fine Cosplay fashion. Much like our stop at IFA in Berlin, we demoed our Force Band and Special Edition Battle-Worn BB-8 to not only the finest humans this galaxy has to offer, but tons of Wookiees, Reys, Ewoks and creatures from some black lagoon. Or any creatures, for that matter, lagoon-dwelling or not. We found that many attention spans were prolonged at our booth, and as a result many accompanying minders (parents) put us on their holiday list. The Force has that affect.

Speaking of holiday, this week we’re back at HQ gearing up to spread the cheer, which means good news for you and your kid brother who you don’t let play any reindeer games. Before we get to that, however, we still have a load of fall-festivities that involve some chili cook-offs and costume contests. Oh yeah, with some work sprinkled in there, of course.*

We’ll see you next week for a cook-off friendly to your tastes but maybe not your spice-tolerance.

*Censored for HR.

Weekly Wrap Up - NYCC

A Day In The Life: Nicole Catapano

Weekly Wrap Up - NYCC

Q. Oh, hi. Would you please tell us your name and title here at Sphero?

A. Nicole Catapano, Industrial Designer.

Q. And what do you do at Sphero every day?

A. My position allows me to work on multiple projects at once so it's never a dull moment! I collaborate with mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, artists, and marketing on everything from initial concept development to rapid prototyping to the aesthetic treatments and ergonomic considerations for the final product. 

Q. You get to hit a ton of cool people in that collaboration process. Can’t imagine what syncing schedules must be like. What advice can you impart for those looking to get into the same field?

A. Practice your skills every day! Be useful, kind, persistent, and never take yourself seriously!

Q. My own mother doesn’t even take me seriously, so double check. Are you able to share what stuff you're working on these days?

A. Unfortunately, I am working on a few super top secret projects, so be on the lookout for some amazing products hitting the shelves in 2017-2018!

Q. What is your absolute favourite aspect in working at Sphero?

A. Hands down, the people I work with! I am constantly inspired and energized by the passion, creativity, and raw talent of the people I get to collaborate with every day.

Q. Which of our bots is your fave?

A. That's a really tough question, but if I had to pick one I would pick SPRK+! The Lightning Lab app is amazing! I am continually inspired by the creative ways educators, parents, and kids are using this bot to transform their ideas into code and create new experiences.

Q. Much inspiration. Such code. What kind of things do you like to do outside of work?

A. Outside of Sphero I enjoy exploring new places in Colorado, hiking with my dog, running, snowboarding, drawing, pottery, and cooking.

Q. What do you love the most about living in Colorado?

A. The mountains!!!

Q. Succinctly said. Any recommendations on where to go or what to see?

A. Being new to Colorado, I am still exploring places. A few current favorite places are Forest Room 5, Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Crema Coffee House.

Q. Solid places. Alright, to wrap this up, please share something surprising about yourself.

A. I am PADI open water scuba certified and have dove alongside three different types of sharks!

ICYMI Top 5

  1. Meow only hope.
  2. Force equipment.
  3. Battle + Walk-worn.
  4. My kinda town.
  5. Jump shot.
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