It's Off to Work We Go (Costume Contest Edition)

Posted by Nick Schiltz on November 1


Halloween at Grace Technologies was not just another day, but a creative spectacle! Our teams outdid themselves with costumes that were a vibrant blend of whimsy, nostalgia, and tech-savvy flair. Let’s dive into the fun and festivity of our 2023 Halloween celebration, showcasing the imaginative spirit of our amazing staff. Leave a comment with your favorite costume below!

  • Inside Sales and Marketing Teams as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
    • Bringing a fairy tale to life, our Inside Sales and Marketing teams donned the colorful garb of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Although our 'Happy' was absent (get well soon, Lynn!) we were able to get a cartoon cameo in the photo to the magic alive!

  • Accounting & IT Teams as the Price is Right
    • The Accounting and IT teams showcased their game show enthusiasm by transforming into contestants of 'The Price is Right'. Drew Carrey had to cancel his appearance last minute, so we had Drew Allen play the role as host. We're still checking if they approved budgets based on the highest bidder!

  • Business Development Team as the Addams Family
    • Creepy, kooky, and all together spooky, our Business Development team embraced their inner Addams Family, making us wonder if they've been moonlighting at a haunted mansion!

  • Software Engineers Awal Amadou & Stephanie Metzger as Good & Evil GraceBots
    • A special shoutout to our Software Engineers, Awal and Stephanie, who brilliantly embodied the Good & Evil GraceBots. These characters, born from our GraceSense AI initiative, started as playful digital team members on Slack, evolving from helpful to hilariously contentious.

For a more detailed backstory, I reached out to our CTO, Andy Zimmerman, about these bots. Here's what he had to say:

In Spring 2023, as Grace began to look towards using generative Artificial Intelligence to augment our GraceSense Predictive Maintenance platform, our engineering team built an AI software program called "GraceBot." This bot impersonated a nerdy member of the team and would interact on Slack by answering questions, providing interesting engineering anecdotes, and expressing an insatiable desire for both cookies and Diet Coke. This summer, when the most recent cohort of Grace interns arrived, a second "Evil GraceBot" mysteriously emerged in Slack to exert its technical superiority and to basically question everything that GraceBot said.  While the bot interactions were hilarious for a couple of weeks, the team quickly tired of the automated banter and both bots were shut down. However, it was exciting to see each bot made reincarnate through Awal and Stephanie's excellent contributions to this year's costume contest.

  • Isabelle Guitard as Pierrot the Sad Clown
    • Senior Firmware Engineer, Isabelle Guitard, took a nostalgic route dressing up as Pierrot the Sad Clown, a classic character with countless interpretations, even inspiring icons like David Bowie.

Pictured from left to right:

  • Production Technicians in Various Costumes
    • From Tammy Cash's elegant masquerade look to Roxi Townsend's fiery Ghost Rider and Megan VanWychen's Flaming Hot Cheeto, our Production Technicians proved that when it comes to costumes, they've got game! Fun fact: Roxi's skull mask was 3D printed by her husband!
  • Aaron Tuttle as Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal
    • Aaron Tuttle, our Product Engineer, might just take the crown in our costume contest with his wicked portrayal of Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal. 
  • Jerry Goeke as a ZZ Top Guitarist
    • Every engineer is crazy about this sharp dressed man... Jerry Goeke, our Director of Engineering & Quality, channeled his inner ZZ Top guitarist, complete with the iconic beard and shades.
  • Emma Wentzel (Taylor’s Version)
    • Our Coordinator of People & Culture, Emma Wentzel, took a break from her 'Eras' tour and attending Kansas City Chiefs games to grace our halls with her star power.
  • Alex Ford as a T-Bird from Grease
    • Alex Ford, our Manufacturing Engineer, rolled back the years, stepping right out of 1978 as a slick T-Bird from Grease. 

Leave a comment below of your favorite costume! This year's costume contest at Grace was a testament to the imaginative spirit of our team. Each costume not only brought smiles but also showcased the diverse personalities that make our company so unique. As the pumpkins and decorations get put away and we return to our usual workwear, these memories remind us that at Grace, innovation isn't just what we do; it's who we are. Here's to another year of creativity, teamwork, and of course, a little bit of fun - the Grace way!


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