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For the past many summers, we've hosted monthly cookouts once the outside weather got nice in Maryland. COVID-19 threatened to put a stop to that, but we persevered and hosted our first social distanced cookout on June 30th, 2020, in the back parking lot of our Columbia Office! Our chef and hosts wore the proper mask and gloves to protect themselves and all our participants. Our employees lined up just over 6 feet apart, while wearing masks, to wait in line while we prepared hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages, and/or veggie burgers to their specifications, including their choice of sides. People then made sure they stood 6 feet or more apart while they enjoyed the delicious food, with many especially enjoying the... Read more
On March 20th, 2020, COVID-19 led us to host the first all-virtual (and open to the world) Parsons & Friends CTF! We had a 3 hour event covering Networking, TicTacWhat?, Reversing?, Crytptography, Coding, and Tigers, where folks chatted us up in Discord while working through the CTF challenges. Since we didn't get to hang out in person, folks made do with their own dinners (although many folks ordered pizza in memory of our usual CTF dinner choice). We also had the benefit of folks being able to compete from wherever they wanted (usually in / around their home). The day was an abnormally warm day for March (in the 70s) so I chose to host from my backyard at my... Read more
On October 22nd, 2019, we had another iteration of our yearly pumpkin carving contest! A large swath of Parsonites and their families flooded into the Columbia Office over a multi-hour event (we had shifts to fit everyone in) to turn their pumpkin carving dreams into a reality! We have two separate contests - one for adults and one for children - each year, to keep it fair. The image shows some of our children entries for this year - try to guess which of these was the winner! We had a blast displaying several pumpkin carving donations around the office to help us keep up the festive spirit for quite a while after the event!
On May 15th, 2019, we hosted a Pokemon-themed CTF at Pickles Pub as a Post-TechNet Maryland 2019 event! We went all our for the event (as you can see in the picture), with one of our CTF Hosters and one of our Event Coordinators in full body Pokemon suits dancing in the street, luring TechNet attendees into our CTF! Nearly all of our challenges were related to Pokemon, helping educate folks on Pokemon goodness while they had a blast demonstrating their cybersecurity and coding skills (while acquiring new ones).
Who doesn't love adults dancing around in onesies to help improve the cybersecurity skills of our community? That's dedication!
On March 20th and 21st, 2019, we had another of our quarterly Paint with Parsons events! We had so many folks painting beautiful sea turtles with us that we had to expand the event to two days in order to fit everyone (and their families) who wanted in! As always, we had a lot of folks improvising (we heavily encourage it), including one young man named Oliver, shown in the picture, who deciding he wanted to paint himself as a Zombie! We love his creativity! Notice how careful he was to not paint over the awesome logo on our protect paint smocks! :)