Winter 2017

Develop a showcase for the Weather Underground App at a booth within the "personal" track at the IBM South By South West show in one week. 




Temp° began as a simple idea to combine music and weather in order to get people excited about an app called Weather Underground. Temp° uses the Weather Underground API to create music out of data from a 10-day live forecast of specific areas around the world by assigning a music beat to 5 different elements within the data.


Good Ol' Paper n Pen
Garage Band


Temp° was designed and delivered in one week by the IBM Maelstrom team made up of 11 interns whose disciplines include Design Research, UX, Visual Design, and Front-end Development. Many of us, including myself, had more than one of these roles. The Maelstrom team worked closely with IBM project stakeholders to ensure the project stayed within the guidelines of IBM’s SXSW Exhibit.


Our team began the process with creating Stu to frame our end product. Stu is a tech junkie with a development background. He's attending SXSW to ensure he's up to par with current technology. Due to time constraints, we weren't able to talk to previous SXSW participants to provide research backing our user, but I'm happy to report that I met quite a few Stu-esque SXSW participants while tabling for Temp°.

Making Music

Using five parameters (dew point, temperature, location, humidity, and windspeed) we used current weather data to create music for five geographical locations. As the weather parameters evolve over the day, the volume levels of their respective audio tracks will rise and fall, customizing the music. Locations include Austin hot spots as well as Antartica (some of the harshest cold conditions we could depict) and Tokyo (relatable to a high volume of SXSW visitors).


Although this project was created to only showcase at SXSW, we believe it has the potential to do so much more. Imagine waking up to custom music allowing you to discover what the weather will be like that day. On your drive home from work, listen to the melodies of weather. By adding elements like elevation and speed into the mix, you can discover what music sounds like at 30,000 feet up in the sky on your flight.