Algorithmia

A behind the scenes look at the making of our GeekWire ‘Seattle 10′ napkin

We mentioned previously that GeekWire and a panel of Seattle’s top startup leaders selected Algorithmia as one of the 10 most promising startups in Seattle – an incredible honor to say the least. As part of this award, we were asked to translate our business onto a giant six-foot by six-foot cocktail napkin, which will be unveiled tonight to the public at the annual GeekWire Gala at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

We’re pretty excited with our napkin, and wanted to offer a sneak peek to readers. The napkin was designed by our developer evangelist, Liz Rush, who also happens to enjoy cartooning in her spare time. 

The concept started as a sketch with the different types of personas (users) that benefit from Algorithmia, and a mission statement: “Algorithmia: Bringing together organizations, academics, researchers, hackers, and engineers to unlock the power of algorithms in an accessible, open marketplace.”

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We wanted to include the Algorithmia binary tree logo, punch up the mission statement, and move the design more toward a printed circuit board look:

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Getting better! Something was missing, though… one of us had “a ridiculous idea to write the text the way you’d call an algorithm in Python.”

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Thankfully, somebody knows some Python around here. Our CTO Kenny Daniel straightened things out:

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There we go. The final napkin turned out great. We’re most excited about how we communicate the idea that Algorithmia enables developers to create tomorrow’s smart applications today in a first-of-its-kind marketplace for algorithms, which unlocks the building blocks of human intelligence, and provides access to world class scientific research and artificial intelligence in five lines of code or less.

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Click the video below for a time-lapse version of the cocktail napkin design process!

Oh, and we even created the algorithm Purpose, which takes an array of your users as a string, and returns the purpose for your organization. Try it for yourself here.