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Published on Dec 18, 2013
The first ever Dyson Christmas party started as a small get together 20 years ago. It was a few drinks in the coach house where James Dyson was developing the world's first bagless vacuum cleaner. But as the team has grown, so has the party - and the costumes. It's competitive. Seriously so. Engineers toiling through the night, sketching out ideas, making intricate costumes out of cardboard, metal and discarded bits of Dyson technology. Everyone is determined to have the most inventive costume. It is a chance to show their engineering skills (even for the non-engineers) in a competitive way, and impress James Dyson to be named the winner. This year's theme was "topsy turvy." There was not a traditional Santa Claus in sight. Well there was one, he came in a handmade, upside down robotic sleigh. Other costumes ranged from flying pigs, to roller coasters, to burning fire hydrants. And some costumes were so elaborate they wouldn't fit through the door.