WaterMe Update #1

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 in Accelerator, Get to Know

By Lindsay Oliver

WaterMe, one of our accelerator teams, is working to lessen the impact of drought worldwide. They will achieve this by providing visualization tools to monitor the water content of crops and assist in irrigation testing, evaluating, and monitoring. This is made possible by extracting NASA’s MODIS data, mapping the previous 10 years of information, and updating trends in an accessible UI. An API will be available for those users interested in further parsing the information and SMS capability for use in countries with limited connectivity.

In short, WaterMe provides water maps that can be used for humanitarian purposes and monitoring water access around the world in both response and long-term planning circumstances.

Where They’re At
The team, which consists of four techies with a massive amount of knowledge and experience, is in their second month of mentorship progress. They’ve just completed their round with A. Riley Eller, an accomplished software developer and technologist with a focus in SysDev, security, and P2P routing. Riley has given the team a greater focus in how to develop their program.

API Branding and Development
WaterMe is in the process of branding the API and dataset of their monitoring system, and making it easily accessible for those new to the tech field while retaining the integrity needed to attract high-level developers and conform to REST standards. For example, the UI will involve an interactive globe that can accommodate smaller water datasets, or zoom out to big picture visualization at a country or continent level.

User Integration
The team has been developing a model to allow program testing through user integration and development. They are working on integrated tracking and backwards compatibility to allow for open source user development. They are searching for volunteer users for API and interactive mapping testing, paving the way for widescale adoption. To make this transition more smooth, users will be sought in multiple cultural and language groups to test viability for different demographics. They will document and suggest improvements to be implemented at the system-wide or language specific level.

We at GWOB are loving the WaterMe team thus far; their quick response to mentor stimulation and suggestions, and the unique spin they place upon those critiques is exciting to see. We’re on the edge of our seats to experiment with the interface ourselves.