Tempo: Making Music From Weather Data

During my design internship at IBM, we (11 design interns) had 5 days to create an exhibit for SXSW in Austin. We were tasked with creating an interactive display for the IBM exhibit that leveraged the Weather Underground API which has in-depth hyper-local weather data from Personal Weather Stations (PWS) located around the world. My role was a research and strategy role. I helped to locate the best weather locations based on triangulating the greatest difference in weather metrics within a location's ten-day forecast, the greatest difference in weather metrics between cities, and finding international cities that garnered the most attendance based on SXSW 2016 data. From there, I matched key weather metrics (dew point, temperature, humidity, etc.) with music tracks created by another intern in order to create music from the weather. We coined this application interface, Tempo, a play on both temperature and music. I worked between the visual design interface team and the developers to make sure both groups were working in tandem. We were able to interact directly with SXSW attendees and the CEO of IBM, Ginny Rometty!  

IBM CEO, Ginny Rometty, with a Weather Underground rep. Also my nose on the right...

IBM CEO, Ginny Rometty, with a Weather Underground rep. Also my nose on the right...

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(Left to right) me, fellow design research intern Tess

(Left to right) me, fellow design research intern Tess

(Left to Right) me, Alex, Allison, Tess, Ginny, Devin aka fearless leader of interns

(Left to Right) me, Alex, Allison, Tess, Ginny, Devin aka fearless leader of interns

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