The Sophos Potato Drop Challenge

Graham Cluley

On Friday we let our hair down at Sophos HQ, and held a “Potato Drop Challenge” to celebrate the release of the latest version (v9.5) of our security and control product.

Teams had to drop a raw potato from high up in our building’s atrium towards a target, and were judged for a number of factors including accuracy, grace-in-the-air, longest flight and artistic impression by an array of international judges.

Over a dozen teams took part, creating a wide variety of flying machines out of paper clips, plastic straws, glue, cotton, string, elastic bands, two sheets of a broadsheet newspaper, a standard-sized carrier bag, sellotape and lolly sticks.

There were some pretty cool designs – although none succeeded in being entirely successful as anti-gravity devices.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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