This hackpad is for discussion of challenges for the Hack for Western Mass event on June 1st and 2nd, 2013. A new hackpad for the 2014 challenges will be available soon, when there are new challenges to hack!
I'd strongly suggest conducting usability evaluations. I like the concept and the graphics are visually appealing. This has the potential to be very powerful, however not all functionality is immediately apparent and in some cases may not be well understood by all users. For example, it was not apparent to me until I viewed the video that I could remove categories from the pie charts - they did not appear to be clickable. Also not all people understand two letter postal codes. Giving users key tasks and observing how they go about performing those tasks can give you valuable insight to identify usability issues.
2. Adam Englander, firstname.lastname@example.org: I am working with a team at the event in Las Vegas, NV. My team consists of: myself (backend developer), Nicholas Ballard (design), Michael Keating (fron-end develpoer). Our GitHub organization is here: https://github.com/backyardbrood
I'm a small flock poultry farmers. Currently, I use a $10 timer from the hardware store to control the lights in my coop. To get maximum egg lay, birds need 16.5 hrs of light per day. Problem is the lights go off and come on all at once. At off, birds are suddenly plunged into darkness, somebody is out of position, away from their night roosting position. In AM, lights suddenly come on, and shock their system. Need PIC controller (cheap), programmed with users latitude & longitude & current time & hrs. per day of light to deliver & dimmer duration, and the PIC controller does the rest, automatically dimming the light slowly at the end of day and auto bringing up lights slowly in AM, linked to the natural start or end of day, or unlinked (fixed start time in isolated coop so it isn't linked to natural sunlight), which might be used to have bird's day during the cooler nights and bird's night during hotter day so that activity and energy maximizes birds comfort and productivity. I will work with you on design specs and testing. email@example.com