The 10gen Penguin Challenge

August 15, 2012 in 10gen, Guest Post, Intern Guide, Introduction, London Living, Pictures, Prizes

Most workplaces have their own ‘traditions’, from company lunch days to initiation tasks. 10gen is no different…

Just when I thought they couldn’t throw anything more wonderfully odd my way, I found myself sat in the office, filming as one of our new Senior Account Managers attempted to eat 15 penguins in seven minutes.

The 10gen London ‘Penguin Challenge’ is notorious in the office, though I am still struggling to find anyone who can explain the potential gain for completing it – I know it has something to do with getting consulting time allocated.

Here, in his own words, our brave challenger recounts his experience:

The rules of penguin challenge are simple: eat as many penguins (the chocolate type) as humanly possible in as short a space of time as possible. 

My colleague had already set the gauntlet down at 15 penguins in 7 minutes 40. Being new to the company (and obviously pretty naive), I made the bold claim on a work night out that I would be able to match that feat. This claim I blame on drinking three sambucas in the space of 10 minutes.

Being pretty certain that the whole episode would be forgotten in the morning, I settled down to work, happy and unassuming in a new role. It was at this point 30 penguins were dropped on my desk. 

Suddenly I realised what I had gotten myself into.

One week of stalling later, I found myself sitting and looking down at 15 chocolate biscuits, a mug of tea, and a stopwatch. The rest is history.

There’s not much I feel I have achieved from the penguin challenge, except for the huge respect, admiration, love, and adulation of my colleagues, my friends, my family, and even Mayor Bloomberg who joined over the water cooler to congratulate me. Well, that and probably indigestion and diabetes. 

In case you’re wondering, our hero destroyed the record (as well as his digestive system).

Aftermath of the Penguin Challenge. Not pictured: one very green colleague.