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Inside Applied Predictive Technologies’ new data-driven office

The analytics company relocated to a new space in Arlington, Va. Check out some photos.

New Yorkers are mashing that order button on a weighted blanket said to reduce stress.

Two weeks ago, we asked if you were buying the Gravity blanket and the anxiety-reducing claims it made. The results are in: you are. With 12 days still to go in its campaign, the Brooklyn-based project has raised more than $3.6 million on Kickstarter, with blankets going for nearly $200. The heavy blanket, which is weighted to about 10 percent of a person’s body weight, is said to convey therapeutic properties: increasing the body’s melatonin and serotonin production, and reducing stress and anxiety to help you sleep. The blanket, its creators say, gives you the feeling of being hugged all night. “Gravity uses the power of proprioceptive input (more commonly known as ‘deep touch pressure stimulation’), a well regarded therapeutic method that stimulates pressure points on the body linked to improved sleep, mood, and relaxation,” according to the company’s Kickstarter page. “The result is a reduction in cortisol levels and an increase in serotonin production, which decreases heart rate and blood pressure.”

With new offices in Arlington, Va., Applied Predictive Technologies is looking to keep the focus on data. Even when it comes to the jelly beans.

The business analytics company, which was acquired by MasterCard in 2015, reached an agreement last year to stay in Virginia as they expanded. Plans announced at the time called for 368 new jobs, the Washington Business Journal reported.

Here’s some highlights, via APT:

The office looks to break out of the traditional workspace mold. There’s a library, Byte Bar for IT support and lounges. Still, it’s designed with function in mind, the company said in a description. The many common areas make it easy to work together.

The space has 19 conference rooms named after famous mathematicians, two game rooms complete with a Lego play wall and four kitchens.

A game room at Applied Predictive Technologies (courtesy photo)

A game room at Applied Predictive Technologies (courtesy photo)

In a move designed to demonstrate the company’s “egalitarian” approach, private offices are all the same size. The executives have offices on the interior, which means other employees get the views.

A mobile at APT's offices. (courtesy photo)

A mobile at APT’s offices. (courtesy photo)

The company used data to design the office, and has interactive displays throughout that are collecting insights. The jelly bean dispenser doubles as an experiment to see which flavor is most popular.

This jelly bean dispenser collects data (Courtesy photo)

This jelly bean dispenser collects data (Courtesy photo)

Elsewhere, a string chart survey maps where employees live, as well as their favorite colors and restaurants.


APT is collecting data around the office (Courtesy photo)

APT is collecting data around the office (Courtesy photo)

As suggested by the wall at the entrance, the company also took steps to stay green, with light sensors in each room and glassware instead of paper products for food.

APT's "Living Wall." (Courtesy photo)

APT’s “Living Wall.” (Courtesy photo)

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