The Angel Sharks’ Summer of Giving 2016
Our Delphix mascot is a shark -- in the same way sharks must always keep moving, we pride ourselves on continuous innovation. For a while, our conference rooms at our office in Menlo Park were named after different kinds of sharks: Sawshark, Great White, Sand Tiger, and Mako. For the charitable arm of Delphix that focuses on philanthropy, there's only one name that made sense: Angel Sharks. I couldn't be more proud to work with so many people who are passionate about giving back to our communities in a variety of ways.
This summer, the Angel Sharks have been busy. In the UK on June 5, a team of our Angel Sharks competed in the Blenheim Triathlon. The team competed to raise money for a charity calledthinkingofoscar in memory of Oscar Cole, a young boy who recently passed away after a short illness at 16 months old. The team swam 750m, cycled 20 km and ran 6km and raise 2,725 BP for the charity.
On July 13, the Angel Sharks in San Francisco partnered with Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.) for a Photo Scavenger Hunt at Fisherman's Wharf. R.O.C.K. is a non-profit that provides academic and social options for kids. This is a great opportunity to provide young people good options to spend their time and to meet new role models.
On July 14, we partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula to bring a group of fifth graders to Delphix. They heard some inspiring talks from some of our CEO and two young engineers why they chose a career in Software Engineering and got paired one to one with an engineer to complete an Hour of Code exercise that introduces them to the concepts of software development. This event builds on the success of last December's Hour of Code, which achieved great success, exposing them to the high tech work environment and introducing them to careers in software development. It was as fun for our employees as it was for the kids. One of the highlights was hearing several of the students say "I want to work here when I grow up!" Read more about the event from our CEO's perspective, here.
Finally, during the entire month of July, our Angel Sharks are holding a Backpack Donations Drive, for Back to School. By supporting this program, we hope to allay some of the pressure that poverty exerts on children's educations, by providing the materials children need to learn. The world's next generation of engineers are in school today, and our goal is to help them on their way to success.
If you have ideas for the Angel Sharks, feel free to reach out to us. We are always looking for impactful opportunities to make a difference, especially when they fit into our core competencies. We hope you'll follow along with us as we work to give back to the communities where we live and work.