The day began in the break room, where all Mutual Mobile employees were invited to feast on breakfast tacos and an assortment of Jamba Juice smoothies. Once the crinkling of tin-foil wrappers and slurping of straws had lessened to a dull roar, it was time for everyone to break into teams.
The teams were divided amongst topics submitted by our employees: connected home devices, pet and kid trackers, music apps, amusement parks, and even innovations in ping pong, to name a few. After employees found their team, it was time to begin the Design Studio portion of the day.
The Design Studio process usually takes around three hours and results in hundreds of great ideas, giving the teams plenty to think about as they munched on their lunches. With bellies full of deli sandwiches and brains full of creative concepts, it was time to begin the hackathon portion of the day.
During the hackathon, developers, designers, marketers, strategists, and employees from every department rolled up their sleeves and helped bring the best ideas from the Design Studio to life. From functional prototypes to pitch decks worthy of the hit ABC TV show Shark Tank, everyone got their hands dirty.
After employees put their brains through the grinder, they were rewarded with an after party full of gourmet food, chilled beverages, and a variety of entertainment to get their weekends off on the right foot.
During the two weeks after Blend Day, teams periodically meet to polish their prototypes and put the finishing touches on their presentations. Then it’s time for the Town Hall, where each team shares their invention with the entire company.
From the communal breakfast, to the final pitch, Blend Day proved to be a great way to protect what makes our company great: our people, our culture, and the never-ending pursuit for compelling, innovative work.