This past weekend (June 18-20) the first South Florida Kickstartz  program was held at DeVry University in Miramar, FL.

On Thursday night something like 20 ideas were presented and discussed with each on getting a paste up sheet on the wall with notes.

On  Friday, a few more ideas were presented and as a group we culled the ideas and combined a few down to four, three of which  were launched into groups for further work.

One of the ideas I had proposed, a home energy monitor was worked on my myself, Lee Culver, Joshua and Alex Mask.

We spent the first couple of hours investigating hardware and concluded that there was no AC control / plug that both controlled the device and also monitored the power.

The other technical area we investigated was control and monitoring software. There are some commercial standards out there like x10 and we ended up looking a bit deeper  into Zwave. Did not go too far down this but I did order the sdk.

Then we drew a simple system diagram  and posted  on a  web  page with the “company” name PowerLinCo.com.

So… we didn’t start a company but did take the idea a few steps further. Perhaps this will turn into a student senior project at Devry.

The other idea that might end up getting launched was my pet project, www.floridasolarpower.com. This was part of the fourth set of ideas that was still up on the wall but not being actively worked. Jace expressed his interest in the core idea of starting a community around renewable energy  much like we have done over the  past nine years with the .net software developer community.

So after some discussion we outlined some ideas and came up with a new name.. RenewableEnergyGuild. I’ve included some of the notes below.

  • What is it
    • Develop a community around renewable energy
    • Consumer oriented
    • Monthly meetings?
    • Speakers / presentations / demonstrations
    • Field Trips
  • Members - Who is it?
    • Will John Q public show up?
    • Tree huggers
      • Sierra club in Florida?
      • National Wildlife
      • Horticulture??
      • Organic
    • Homeowner associations / condo's
    • Demo green facility
      • Boys and Girls club?
  • Sponsors / speakers
    • Vendors
    • Government agencies
      • SF Water management
    • Power companies
      • FPL
    • Home power magazines
    • Solar Today – ASES

 

As for the other groups, Kathy Malone made progress in the area of information pertaining to  hazardous chemicals and Jason Milgram and a large group worked out a number of details around a secure document transfer/tracking service.

Marc Asselin did a fantastic job of organizing this first Kickstartz event and we all learned a lot about various technologies and how to improve the next event.

Thanks to everyone who participated and sponsored the event!!