Cory Lee, born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, travels all over the world sharing his adventures and things to do on his travel blog Curb Free With Cory Lee.
In January, Cory visited California because he was being presented the prestigious Ed Roberts Award from the Center of Independent Living in Berkeley. The center asked Cory what was one thing he would like to do while in California and his response was to visit the Facebook Headquarters. The center arranged a tour of the headquarters!
Facebook Headquarters Tour
As you begin to read Cory’s post one can tell he felt special for being able to tour Facebook headquarters. He states a person cannot randomly show up on the campus and expect a tour, you have to have connections, and he was surprised that the Center For Independent Living made it happen.
Cory’s tour of the Facebook campus started in building 10. He states the campus reminded him of Universal Studios or Disney World.
“You know that feeling you get when you arrive at Disney and start wandering around? That’s what Facebook feels like.”
One of the first stops on Cory’s tour of the Facebook campus was Hacker’s Square. The square sits in the middle of the campus with a jumbotron that says “Welcome to Facebook.”
“In case you’re wondering why it’s called Hacker Square (isn’t hacking bad?!), Facebook doesn’t associate “hack” with the negative connotation. Instead, the word to them means being creative and thinking outside the box. I noticed the word “Hack” all over the campus, and it’s there to inspire the employees,” says Cory.
Cory says that when touring the Facebook campus one can find vending machines filled with free snacks and electronics. However, the electronics are only available to the employees, for obvious reasons.
Cory writes about the creativity all along the walls of the Facebook campus. “There were markers set up at the wall and anyone can write on it. I put on the wall that I was hopeful for improvements in accessibility in the world, and hopefully that does come true,” he says.
There is also an interactive map on the campus. One can touch a part of the world to see how many people use Facebook in that country. Cory states that the United States and India have the most users who access Facebook.
Zen Garden and Arcade
Facebook has a zen garden and arcade for their employees to enjoy a break from the stress of work. Cory says that if you stay outside in the garden long enough you may be able to see a fox! Though, they are rare to spot.
Another one of Cory’s favorite things about the Facebook headquarters was the food choices, all of which are free. Head on over to his original post to read all about it!
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