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The First Gamestorming Challenge

  • Jan 27, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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"Gamestorming is a set of practices for facilitating innovation in the business world. A facilitator leads a group towards some goal by way of a game, a structured activity that provides scope for thinking freely, even playfully." (Wikipedia.org/Gamestorming)

The group organizers - Kristian, John, & Jeff - will take on the responsibility of planning a gamestorming challenge, but others with ideas are welcome to chime in - message Kristian through the Meetup web site or kristian dot omland at gmail dot com if you want to be involved in planning the challenge.

We'll work in groups of 3-4 so it will be best if 1/4 to 1/3 of us have a laptop and a USB flash drive. Roll a die
> sample(1:6, 1)
to decide whether you should take your computer. The schedule will be 10 min for introducing the challenge, 20 min for groups to work on the challenge, and 5 min for each group to present its solution (plug in the USB flash drive, open a .r script, and run it with projector display.)

We'll do our best to arrange for WiFi but we'll also strive to concoct a challenge that should require internet access.

Further details to be announced in early January.

Happy WinteR until then!

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  • Brent S.

    I'm so bummed I missed this, darn normal life getting in the way of being a math/computer geek...

    January 28, 2014

    • John S.

      you can still take part! see my comments above...

      January 30, 2014

  • John S.

    [continued from previous]

    For the gamestorm part II, we put a preliminary script on github. [Note - RCurl may be difficult to install so there's also a copy of the datafile within the repository that you can get directly by read.csv]. Each participant can clone the repository (explained in the file on github in previous comment), make changes/additions, commit their changes and push back to the repo (note you will need to get a github account and email me to request access to 'push' to the repo). ps - if you're unfamiliar with knitr and Rmd, here's some info: http://www.rstudio.com/ide/docs/authoring/using_markdown

    In this way, everyone has a chance to learn and practice using version control, as well as contribute to the gamestorm. At the next meeting, we'll review the progress we've made.

    January 30, 2014

  • John S.

    Hi all,
    For those of you who made it Monday, here's a link to accessing the "gamestorm" on (of course) github: https://github.com/UserR-Burlington/Superfoods/blob/master/github-guide.md

    For those of you who couldn't make it, Kristian presented a gamestorm based on this graphic: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/snake-oil-superfoods/

    The idea was to find a new (better?) way to analyze and visualize the data. This turned out to be quite a challenge, so we decided to extend into our next meeting (and hope that you can join us!). [continued in next comment due to word limits]

    January 30, 2014

  • Greg F.

    Had a great time reviewing the data set for the game storming challenge and seeing how GitHub works.

    Look forward to seeing what sorts of solutions we can come up with for the next meeting. If anyone in the south ends feels like getting together to work on it over coffee, I'm game!

    January 28, 2014

  • John S.

    Thanks Sheila and Terri.
    For off-campus visitors, there's a visitor parking lot near Jeffords, and I also think you can park at the Gutterson lot. Map here: http://www.uvm.edu/tps/campusmap_parking.pdf

    January 15, 2014

  • Sheila W.

    Terri reserved Aiken 103 for Jan 27th, so we're set (thank you, Terri!)

    January 14, 2014

  • Sheila W.

    Looks like some of the Aiken rooms are available (102, 112) and one of the Kalkin case rooms (004). Terri, does 102 sound good? Maybe you could email me…. Sheila

    January 13, 2014

  • Sheila W.

    The room I'd reserved is not available on the 27th, but I can find another room if you still want to meet at UVM

    January 13, 2014

    • Kristian O.

      Hi Sheila - yes, please! If you have trouble perhaps John can seek space in Marsh or Terri in Aiken.

      January 13, 2014

  • Kristian O.

    The 27th it is. Location TBA.

    January 13, 2014

  • John S.

    Thanks Kristian, changing to the 27th makes sense to me.

    January 4, 2014

  • Kristian O.

    Folks, I have realized that the 20th is a holiday - I, for one, plan to ski all day. Shall we postpone until the 27th? Doodle poll here:
    http://doodle.com/etnf6un8ig8efrm7

    January 3, 2014

  • Sheila W.

    I reserved 101 Perkins at UVM, at least as a backup, if you think wifi there is good enough. Terry mentioned meeting in Aiken, also. Whatever you think.....

    November 19, 2013

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