cg_racer writes "I work in a small team of developers for a law firm, our primary duties centre around writing and maintaining small web applications for our intranet and webmastering the company website. Our boss recently proposed that we trial 20% time, each of us can work on our own prototype for ideas that "we think would benefit the business in some way..." apart from that it seems entirely open in terms of what technology we use and what we make with it.
So I thought I'd reach out to the Slashdot community for some suggestions, we've been given a month in which 20% of our time will be allocated for these prototypes, we have access to a lot of data, so I was thinking along the lines of data visualisation, or simply a graphical way of looking up a fellow staff member and generating a mapped route to their office (a lot of people seem to get lost when visiting the IT department).
Any ideas, whether inspired or whacky (hopefully both!) would be most welcome."