Last Saturday, MetroStar Systems opened its doors to George Mason University’s Human Factors and Applied Cognition students for a 9-hour Usabilathon, which challenged them to build visualization projects from social media data. We were honored to have the opportunity to host GMU’s incredibly talented students during #UsabilathonDC and observed great examples of how to make data products usable. To relive the excitement, below is our “social visualization” of the day, as narrated by tweets.
What’s on Today’s Menu
I was warned upon arrival to keep the coffee flowing because “this group goes through coffee like none other.” Thanks for the tip, Clare.
You know it’s game time when MetroStar Systems CEO Ali Manouchehri takes the floor.
Let the Games Begin
Due to safety reasons, I was unable to hit “record” during the rush to the rooms… However, here’s the closest thing to a hack-a-thon launch.
When the whiteboards are in play, you know that things are getting serious!
Is the Food Here Yet?
Quick Lunch, because coffee can only last us so long…
Side note: yes, we know, our HQ is pretty sweet. Why not join us to get an insider’s view?
After speaking in code all day, it’s time to switch back to plain English for presentations (unless, of course, you brought your translator with you).
And we’re underway!
Insider tip for future #UsabilathonDC presenters:
Who’s Taking Home the Gold?
The anticipation leading up to the announcement of the winners is almost unbearable!
And we’re all thinking, “All right, someone has to win here.”
Team 1’s victory topped the night! To all our participants and sponsors: thank you for making this event possible.