codevelop open IT project enters design phase

It was exciting to see some concepts for the design of the controller/application/interface at last week’s meeting.  Much discussion ensued as we were able to begin visualising how it might look and consequently some refinements to enhance the user experience were suggested.  The project is still in a conceptual and market assessment phase, with the group continuing to flesh out potential target users (personas) and key benefits for our smart solar hot water controller.

However, we did start to explore the actual hardware the project will be using for our prototype, a Raspberry Pi.  This involved a brief demonstration of the product’s functionality and interface and some of the options for development on this platform. According to their website, “the Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.”

The group also discussed the communication and project management platform we will use to co-ordinate the project as it evolves towards the coding phase.  Words like Trello, Stack and GIT were thrown around, befuddling the less techie amongst the group, but that’s why we’re part of the group, to get out of our comfort zone and learn something new.

Next time we’re planning to actually do some development and potentially even have an MVP (minimum viable product) up and running.

A couple of new faces joined the group this month and as is usual following the meeting, the team headed off for burgers and beers down on The Strand.

codevelop is an IT project open to all.  Next month’s meeting is at 6pm on Thursday the 24th of September at Basestation (148 Durham St, Tauranga).  Register through the Tauranga Web Meetup group at: