Note: This event ended on Friday, December 22. This question is now closed to prevent submissions of new answers.
Due to a rather unfortunate series of events that can be directly attributed to a surplus of egg nog, the company that provides our hat rentals has requested that we immediately return them without refund. We can't really get into the particulars of what went down, but we did our best to explain to them that I couldn't have known that a moose would react that way to silly putty.
Because of this, we need your help. We need to come up with approximately 20 - 30 more hat designs. Sounds pretty simple, right?
There is one tiny caveat (from an email I received earlier today from Jay Hanlon, VP of Holiday Cheer):
... because of holiday vacation schedules, we're short on people, so our kids are going to be doing most of the work on getting the new hats into the system. The designs will have to be done using crayon, construction paper, finger paints, water colors, popsicle sticks, paste & glue and other sorts of materials. Let them know that we don't recommend silly putty if they happen to be working near a moose.
That's right, you'll need to make hats that exist in the physical realm, from materials that aren't generally thought of as being choking hazards, suitable for developers ages 3 and above.
You'll need to provide at least one photograph of your creation as an answer to this question in order to qualify to win a box full o' swag containing a T-shirt and stickers and at least some of the following items:
- Nalgene water bottles
- Sharpies & Other SE/SO branded office supplies
- Stickers from various SE sites
- Whatever else might be haunting our warehouse
The top voted hats may or may not be used as the basis of secret hats near the end of Winter Bash this year, or as totally new hats next year. We just can't say. We're talking silly putty and a moose here people, everything is up in the air at this point. I accept full responsibility for this.
Here are the rules:
You must come up with a creation that represents (in some way) a hat, consisting of artistic mediums that are not run as computer applications and suitable for children 3+ years of age. You can use Photoshop or Paint, but you'll have to print it and make it part of something else.
You must upload at least one picture of your creation, and provide any background or context needed for others to appreciate its brilliance. We suggest including only the hat in the image (though background 'noise' is fine), remember that all contributions are CC-BY-SA.
All submissions must be family friendly and adhere to our be nice policy.
Employees (former and current) may submit an entry, but won't be eligible to win swag. I MEAN HOW MUCH SWAG DO YOU GREEDY PEOPLE ACTUALLY NEED?!
Answers must maintain an aggregate positive score to qualify. All answers that have a net zero or positive score at the end of the contest will win.
Contents of prize packages may vary, depending on availability of items; every effort to ensure equal value of all packages will be made.
You are responsible for the creation and execution of your design. If you fancy lasers and explosions and things get out of hand, it's not our fault.
Contest begins today, Thursday, December 14, 2017 and ends on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 20:00:00 UTC.
Want to join in on the fun? Get your smock, grab some clay & finger paints and get to designing!
Note: We're not really giving back all of the hats, we're just pretending to so we can have some formerly age-appropriate fun
Thank you all for the amazing submissions! Not only did you help make the holiday a bit brighter for everyone, you've inspired quite a few of next year's hats!
Everyone that submitted a positively scored submission will receive a care package (even if it went in a tad after the ending); we'll be reaching out to you soon. However, we're no longer accepting submissions.
Happy holidays, everyone!
You should have received an email by now :)
We've contacted everyone eligible to get something, if you didn't get something and think we might have missed you, make sure you check your spam folder and if nothing is there, contact us and let us know. Seriously, though, please check your spam folder - Hotmail and others are notorious about tossing stuff in the bin even from trusted contacts if the same email is sent to more than a few people using it.
Quoting the comment by animuson:
Anyone waiting for their swag, please keep an eye out here for updates.