The inspiration for Campus Companion arose from recognizing the unique challenges faced by first-generation students entering college. We saw an opportunity to leverage technology and create a chatbot that acts as a supportive guide. Our goal is to ensure that every incoming student, especially those less familiar with the college process, has easy access to campus resources and information. By bridging the information gap, we aim to empower these students, enhancing their college experience and fostering success.
What it does
Campus Companion is a specialized chatbot designed to assist incoming students, with a particular focus on first-generation students. Its primary goal is to help these students become acquainted with the wide array of resources available on campus. Users can input their questions and concerns, and the chatbot provides informative responses, guiding them to the relevant resources and providing website links and contact information as needed.
How we built it
We developed Campus Companion using a combination of cutting-edge technologies. Our chatbot's core intelligence relies on natural language processing (NLP) algorithms, which enable it to understand and respond to user queries effectively. To track and analyze user interactions, we utilized Chatbase.co, a robust analytics platform that provided valuable insights into user behavior and helped us fine-tune the chatbot's responses.
In addition to the chatbot's intelligence, we put significant effort into creating an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) using HTML. This interface allows users to interact seamlessly with the chatbot, making it easy for incoming students to access essential campus information.
Our development process involved close collaboration among team members with expertise in NLP, chatbot development, web development, and user experience design. This multidisciplinary approach ensured that Campus Companion not only understands users but also offers a user-friendly and informative experience.
Challenges we ran into
One of the key challenges we faced was integrating the chatbot with diverse campus resources and maintaining data accuracy. Additionally, tailoring the chatbot's responses to the unique needs of first-generation students required extensive research and testing.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud of creating a user-friendly chatbot that can make a meaningful impact on the college journey of first-generation students. Our accomplishment lies in empowering these students to access essential resources and navigate the college experience more effectively.
What we learned
Throughout this project, we've gained insights into the specific needs of first-generation students and the power of technology to address these needs. We've also deepened our understanding of NLP and chatbot development.
What's next for Campus Companion
In the future, we plan to expand the capabilities of Campus Companion by incorporating more personalized features, such as academic advising and event recommendations. We aim to continually enhance the chatbot's ability to support first-generation students throughout their college careers.