Over the past few months we have been working hard on moving Weiv forward. Our primary is to release Weiv 1.5, a new Weiv software engine that promises greater stability and a handful of new features. We’re also knee deep in updating our scenes for the new engine, as well as finishing the many scenes we have started, but have yet to finish. It’s hard work, and as a small distributed team it’s easy to lose sight of what we’re doing.
Since our early prototypes for Weiv we have formed a business, struggled through a number of technical difficulties and tried to figure out exactly who wants to use Weiv and how to connect with them. At times it’s been fun. At other times it has been frustrating. It’s the frustrating times that keep driving us back to our vision.
If you go all the way back to our first few blog posts you’ll notice that Weiv began out of a vision for creating a collaborative art platform for an interactive “lab” named “KarDIA Lab” started by Paul and Josh in 2010. One goal of Weiv was to inspire wonder through playing together.
Being a distributed team (covering Oregon, Iowa and Vermont) we don’t get to play together much as a Weiv team. In fact, as much fun as Weiv is to work on, sometimes it can feel like drudgery when you’re sitting alone, pouring over lines of code or balancing the books a thousand miles away from your workmates. Long-distance business partnership is not for the faint of heart!
Fortunately, despite our challenges, we have been able to be drawn back, time and time again, to the vision. “Make this, and make it wonderful.” The last few months we have reconnected with the passion that caused Weiv to be started in the first place. Our trips to Nashville (to attend SALT and Luminous) have brought us into contact with an amazing peer group that have helped us recalibrate our hearts. Additionally, we have started using Weiv at houses of worship as a feature in a worship lab again, the very thing that helped inspire us in the first place. Finally, as a group of artists, engineers, and philosophers we have reconnected with the idea of Weiv as a research platform for topics such as generative art, organizational design, and ecclesiology.
What does this mean?
It means we are catching a breath of fresh air. The wind is at our backs again. We have confidence in our vision and are doing all we can to make it a new reality. It means we’re having fun!
It feels like we are coming full circle.
Watch for Weiv 1.5 and new scenes in early 2014!