Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Hello Aberdeen!! I had the chance of visiting Aberdeen to attend the Northern Lights Conference 2013 in the beautiful King’s College in October. It was a full day conference covering seven speakers; Hadi Hariri on tooling and legacy code; Kendall Miller beyond local debugging; Sarah Drummond working with local government; Kate Stone on her work developing interactive print techniques; Maria Gutierrez building the right tool; Niall Merrigan on giving presentations; Glenn Hendriksen on leading without having formal authority.

One afternoon breakout slot was left open by the organisers for conference participants to propose talks and split into four rooms to discuss a chosen topic. A group of roughly 20 split off to discuss the Light Log project, many thanks to all those who participated, it was great to chat with you all!

The discussion started around Seasonal Affective Disorder and Winter Blues, but soon ranged into the type of sensor data that could be of use (UV, infra-red, motion, temperature), data security, and other possible uses of light data recordings such as approximate user geolocation based on sunrise/set times, and user to user proximity based on correlating similar environmental lighting events.