Pikimal may be a repository of cold facts, in a way, but we’re still a collection of people working very hard to give the world the decision engine it deserves, and we wanted to make sure that those people got their story told as well. After being called robots (accidentally and in good spirits) by a company that a Piki ranked highly, we knew it was time to prove there were humans behind the curtain. “No more robots,” the push was called (or, as our CEO jokingly put it, “Not robots anymore”).
So, with my interest and background in very, very amateur film-making, I looked around to see what I could highlight to prove to the world how dynamic we were. And that’s when I saw it: the way we sat around the conference room table on Wednesdays, eating food together, often while talking about food as well; the way we struck up casual conversations when searching other departments’ offices for foods and drinks not found in our own; the amusing favorite drinks and snacks of various individuals and departments; and behind it all, a boss so intent not just on creating a great website but on creating a healthy corporate culture that he paid for so much food every week to keep us visiting each other, gathering together and talking. It was all about food. Food was the element that kept us vibrant–not just by giving us energy, but by bringing us together.
I took our camera and followed Meghan on her shopping trip, and I asked people in the office for their opinions on our food situation, and I simply filmed whenever food made an appearance in the fabric of our office life. I made this video to show how this single aspect of the way we live here at Pikimal proves our humanity. We eat food. We’re not robots.