Summary: The Kukui Cup is an advanced energy challenge whose goal is to investigate the relationships among energy literacy, sustained energy conservation, and information technology support of behavior change. To create the challenge, we designed and implemented two general purpose open source technologies: WattDepot and Makahiki. WattDepot provides enterprise-level collection, storage, analysis, and visualization of energy data. Makahiki is a web application framework that supports dorm energy competitions of varying degrees of complexity, including a personalized homepage where participants can complete tasks designed to increase energy literacy that can be verified by competition administrators. We have been evaluating the Kukui Cup by running a series of challenges starting in the Fall of 2011.
We created short video “micro-documentaries” for the various events in the 2012 Kukui at UH. See this playlist. Here is the 2012 introductory video:
Principal researcher(s): Robert Brewer (and many others, see project page below)
Project Page: http://kukuicup.org/
Status: 2009 – 2014