I think this could be fun.
I'm in the LED lighting business. I'll donate two LED lamps to the winner. (And if I see a lot of people joining in on the fun here I may 'up' my commitment. I encourage others to offer prizes too!)
Anyone with a signed NDA with Rachio, or a Rachio company is not eligible, regardless of when the NDA was signed. Likewise, anyone with a relationship with a Rachio employee is not eligible.
In case of tie, accuracy is the tie breaker. I.e., someone who says 'Aug. 31st' wins the tie over someone who says 'last week of Aug.'
The contest is: what date does Rachio V3 'go live' as commented by a Rachio employee representative.
I'm one of those 'on the outside' so I'll join in on the speculation fun.
Anyone else that qualifies per above that wants to 'officially' be 'in' on the fun simply needs to make their commitment in this thread. No other threads count.
I think Rachio decided to include expansion beyond 16 zones. I think this is hugely difficult. Like going from a 32 to 64 bit computer.
I think Rachio also is trying to move to the next generation on scheduling, trying to accommodate all of the watering restriction rules that customers all over the country are now dealing with. I think this is tough too.
I know that Rachio has said a number of times 'we're a s/w company.' I.e., I don't think they're focusing on hardware related sensors, etc, at least for V3. And I think Rachio has smart s/w people.
My prediction for 'Go Live' is Sep. 14th. (If someone alternatively says '3rd week in Sep.' or '2nd full week in Sep.' then I still win - see proposed rule above.)
You can tell they're getting close. Increasingly there's less involvement of the execs here on this public board. They're working 7x24 to help the s/w team get V3 done. McKynzee's increasingly 'on her own' here.
I'm optimistic! Mark it down as my prediction - Sep. 14th, on the dot! (If I win I'll donate my prizes to the 2nd place winner).