After my trip to Sauce Labs, the next thing on my to-do list was a visit to Google. I was off to meet Ross Ingram, a member of the ATAP team. I assume Google need no introduction, but maybe you have not heard of ATAP:
Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) is a skunkworks team and in-house technology incubator, created by former DARPA director Regina Dugan.
ATAP work on some pretty crazy stuff and going to the Googleplex has been a huge dream of mine, so I was really excited to sit down with Ross and chat geek.
On the way, I bumped into this:
What I didn’t expect was it sounding like a jet engine even when stationary, but it does makes sense; sitting in the California sun, something needs to keep the supercomputer in the back cool!
I met up with Ross, who is working on Project Ara. If you have not heard of it, check out this video:
A really exciting product! However, I also found out he previously worked for Sphero on their amazing BB8.
That pretty much dominated the conversation as we went for a cycling tour of the Googleplex.
Next, I was off to Twitter to meet with Katie Penn, Head of Platform Growth/Marketing, to check out their amazing office.
As you arrive, you are prompted to tweet your visit:
The Twitter office is housed in a beautiful art deco block, in an area of San Francisco called the Tenderloin, which has some incredible views:
Also, one of the largest canteens I have ever seen:
Being a data visualization nerd, I was excited to see if Twitter had any interesting ways of displaying their metrics — they didn’t disappoint. This installation allows you to select different trends — the more popular, the faster the heart beats.
Time to grab a swifty and do some more exploring…
I would just like to take the time to say a massive thank-you to Ross and Katie for taking the time to show me around, it really was a dream come true. Next, it’s onto Keen.io to chat analytics, sip red wine and give a talk on building customer experiences at NET-A-PORTER.