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This year at the fifth annual Zillow Saltine Challenge we had a number of notable “firsts.”  The challenge  — eat as many crackers as you can in 1 minute — and the unbridled passion were the same, but the sheer scale and intensity of the competition were unlike anything we have seen before.

Saltines and trophy

The table is set before the competition at our Seattle headquarters.

We held the competition in six different offices, including with our offshore team in India. This means we had six winners, who will square off in a face-to-face showdown at our next company meeting.

winners

We also tried streaming live feeds across offices so we could watch each other compete.

Streaming

The live stream as seen from our Seattle office.

And of course, as you would expect, there was lots of creativity and innovation:

UX researcher

Our UX researcher tried looking at pictures of food to stimulate his saliva.

Chad

Our CFO attempted smashing the crackers before eating them (tip – doesn’t work).

India final

Our team in India upped the ante in their final round by using dry biscuits.

Seattle final

Some offices tested a “first to eat 12 crackers” timed finale – intense.

Want to test your skills in next year’s Saltine Challenge? Check out our jobs pagewe’re hiring!

Photos: Paul Moore

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