Our team created a dual purpose application for dealing with both aspects of the challenge.
The challenge has 2 distinct paths. The first is a medium for education about solar energy production. The second is a tool for solar energy management.
The medium is achieved through an interactive chat bot that, while updating you about your usage, gives educational information and can answer questions about solar energy.'
The tool is an interface that is effectively a solar energy scheduler. The scheduler takes in tasks and allows for the user to add as many and as small or large tasks as they want. The user can use a drop and drag interface for manual scheduling, or have the option for the scheduler to auto fill the schedule based on a user defined deadline. User's can prioritize tasks, and the scheduler differentiates between essential tasks and luxuries when determining priority. The scheduler will warn about going over usage and high energy usage tasks, but will NOT stop over usage, so that the user remains in control. It is to help, not to control the user's life.
The team used standard computers and the NASA data provided, as well as open source software for developing the chat bot.
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.