It's warm in San Francisco. And it's beautiful outside. We're holed up on the top floor of San Francisco's TechShop, consuming more coffee and soda than is probably a wise idea. We've opened up the back stairway and the freight elevator shaft to catch a breeze, and the sound of vacuum formers and laser fans surrounds us. It's an amazing venue for an outstanding group of participants. They've broken out into a few teams, and people are bright-eyed -- either towards each other or towards their screens.
There are a few groups working with remote teams as well. SF is the last city to get started, so we're benefiting from the beginning work of others. People are sharing across pirate pads and IRC, leaving breadcrumbs of new code and discoveries. We did a Stand-And-Report at 17:00 to see where the teams were at. As the rest of the world comes back awake, we'd love to see how we can mesh with them. Hit up the appropriate lead about collaborating!
OpenROV: Mechanical hardware: water sampler, bring in, capture, bring to surface to test. Tubes! Went to hardware store. Software to develop: not have to go through arduino, but how much space can we fit in instead? Joystick commands. Power regulation for on-board battery. Next 12 hours we'll have completed design for circuit, maybe a MacGuyveneried thing. (ping @openROV)
Rural Electrification: Website which will show various layers. Lights that have been observed by satellites. Difference in light during last 18 years.
Population growth, poverty levels. How do these overlap? Where should we focus next? Where do we start with solar power? Need help with image processing with Java. (want to help? Jump on bit.ly/spaceapps_ruralelectrification)
MathTrax. How do we "see" graphs with sound? Doesn't work with web, electronic publishing, etc. Can we print those out in plastic? Touch the graphs. Translate SVG to SGL but there's no library. Need developers in those. (want to get involved? jump on #benetech-mde)
Visualization in solar system (what is actually rotating around what). Moon phases. Want to build nice portal for things. What we're missing is what is scientifically proven text that is accessible?
API for Kepler data. Easily searchable, retrieved rather than awful forms. Wrangled into a useable format, a query engine in front of it. (want to get involved? ping @ginader)
Pineapple. Working with Santiago, Dominican Republic, Exeter. Half our team is going to bed, working on the handoff. Website launched, initial first pages at Grower's Nation. Discovery on developing and developed world. Basecamp site and Skype group set up. Layers needed in dataset are being identified. Identified data we need, we have the schema laid out. Want to connect with as much of the agricultural community as possible. Have a good UI. Working with tying to SMS, how to tie into website. (want to help? mail [email protected])
Space Guidance System. Spice program, convert to Python to convert to challenge. Lots of data in there to sort out. Challenge for tomorrow is to get at least one other nationality talking to it. (want to help? Ping psi_fda on Skype)
And my own wrap up: if you could send anything out on another Voyager, to showcase what humanity *is*, what would you send? Tweet it @gwoborg and tag it #spaceapps_voyager