A big role was to be played by us, the developers of the system. Perhaps CG wanted to profile itself as the place to work for specialists like us, or perhaps they wanted to show their would-be clients that they had other people than the standard bench-warmers -- or perhaps both. This was in '99, during the Y2K and internet goldrush, rates were high and people were scarce.
Because I was the architect of Sibylle, I was placed in the middle of the group. Of the people in this picture, only O., top-left, still works there. The rest of us went to work for Semergy one year later. Top right is xaviar_nl.
Bottom left and right are G. and J., who were in quite a bind when Semergy folded -- because of their age and very specific skill set, they had decidedly more problems to find a job than me and xaviar_nl. They retained the copyrights for the code (it was worthless to the investors anyway), and some time later, due to the machinations of R.H. (of whom I wrote earlier), got hired on at Cordys.
As far as I know, this publicity shot was never used.
I hate my hair like that. I had just cut the ponytail, but hadn't yet dared to go for the buzz-cut just yet. It's a lot better like I have it nowadays.