TMC Account Manager Day 2014
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) became well-known for depicting complicated, cartoonlike devices that performed simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, like the depicted Professor Butts' Self-Operating Napkin. Over the years, the meaning of the concept ‘Rube Goldberg Machine’ has expanded to any confusing or complicated system. Building such a machine is instructive and fun.
The principle is simple: you construct a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. Each apparatus is linked by string to its predecessor and to the successor machine.
The 2014 TMC Account Managers’ Day focused on cooperation. In preparation, everybody had hovered their attic or basement and brought some of their leftovers to the inspiring location of Founded By All. Using plenty duct tape and tyraps, the account managers designed, built and tested different apparatuses. Eventually, a day of cooperation, creativity, a little blood and a lot of laughter resulted in a functioning Rube Goldberg Machine.
The initial string was ceremonially pulled and the ensuing events were videotaped in close-up. For initiator Sander Lieftink the link to daily work was simple: "TMC Employeneurs are continuously designing, improving and integrating the best possible ideas into working systems. Just imagine what you could do with the right tools instead of home waste materials and with more than only one day to spend.”