Dashboard Vision’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition

Our teams at Dashboard Vision are quite distinct. On the one hand we have Project Management; on the other there’s the Engineering team.
Our project management team carving their pumpkin
We’re always trying to come up with creative ways to have fun while building greater bonds between everyone. Call it team building if you will. In the past, we’ve done wine tastings together and even played a game of softball – that was a fun one!

With one of our home bases in Budapest, I wanted to bring a little bit of American culture to Hungary. I’ve always loved Halloween! The idea that you can completely transform yourself into someone new for a day is an exciting one. It’s a chance to express your creativity, which most adults don’t get to do regularly in their day-to-day.

The engineering team carving their Halloween pumpkin
Cue the Dashboard Vision Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tradition!

It started three years ago. The thought popped into my head: What if we carved pumpkins together? I bet no one in the office has done that before!

We loved it so much it’s become a staple of Halloween festivities at our office.

Here’s how it happens. 

We’ll decide ahead of time on the date. Take a longer-than-usual lunch break. Order some pizza. Get our tools ready.

The pumpkin carving tools
We may spend some time a few days before gathering ideas for our pumpkin – we do want to win after all!

Once each team has their idea, it’s time to get to work. Every member has a job to do whether it’s the drawing, the gutting, or the carving.

Once we’re happy with our projects, we snap some pictures and send them off to our main client to have them vote. The suspense is palpable! 

Here’s what our two teams came up with this past Wednesday.

Two pumpkins - the Alien and Cookie Monster from our annual pumpkin carving competition
It’s Alien vs. Cookie Monster! What do you think? Who will be the winner this time?

As you can see this isn’t your regular old team building. As Einstein said, “creativity is intelligence having fun”. Everyone relaxes in their concentration and we have a blast!

Have you ever done any creative team building activities at your company? I’m always looking for new ways to get our creative juices flowing and bring us together.

Happy Halloween from the Dashboard team!

Marya Kaska

Marya Kaska is the co-founder of Dashboard Vision. The company will soon release its new data-to-insights reporting platform helping users take full advantage of powerful business intelligence and PowerPoint solutions.

Follow her on LinkedIn.
Email: mk@dashboardvision.com.

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