In today's fast-paced world, drafting contracts manually is time-consuming and prone to human errors. We often observed businesses and individuals struggle with creating contracts that are both legally sound and tailored to their needs. That's when the idea of ContractMatic was born – an AI-powered solution to simplify, automate, and innovate the contract generation process.
What it does
ContractMatic streamlines contract generation with the help of artificial intelligence. Users can quickly select the type of contract they need, input essential details, and our platform instantly crafts a comprehensive contract. Additionally, with the integration of OpenAI and Azure Text Analytics, users can enhance custom clauses and receive feedback on the tone and content of their contracts. The integration with Dropbox API further simplifies the process by providing an option for document signing.
How we built it
Our strength lies in backend development. We initiated the project with a Flask backend to handle all server-side functionalities. The frontend was designed using simple HTML and CSS to ensure a straightforward and intuitive user interface. We integrated the Dropbox API for contract signing, OpenAI's GPT for sentence enhancement, and Azure Text Analytics for extracting key phrases and analyzing sentiment. Microsoft Power Virtual Agents was brought in to provide an interactive chatbot for user assistance.
Challenges we ran into
While our expertise in backend development allowed us to create robust server-side functionalities, we faced challenges in the frontend domain. We initially considered transitioning to a React.js frontend but decided to prioritize a stable and functional user experience over complexities. Ensuring the AI integrations provided meaningful feedback without overwhelming the user was another challenge we overcame.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
AI Integration: Seamlessly integrating OpenAI and Azure Text Analytics to provide real-time feedback and enhance the content of contracts was a significant achievement. It not only improved the quality of contracts generated but also offered users insights they might not have received otherwise.
End-to-End Functionality: Building a platform that covers the entire contract creation process, from drafting to signing, was no small feat. Our system guides users from the initial steps of selecting the type of contract they need, all the way to the final step of getting it signed through Dropbox.
Robust Backend Development: Leveraging our strengths, we developed a robust backend using Flask. This ensures that the platform is scalable, reliable, and can handle a variety of user requests efficiently.
User-Centric Design: Even with our challenges in the frontend, we prioritized user experience. We made sure the platform is intuitive, straightforward, and caters to both individuals with limited legal knowledge and professionals looking for a quick contract solution.
Interactive Assistance: Incorporating Microsoft Power Virtual Agents to guide users through the process was an innovative touch. This interactive chatbot ensures users have immediate assistance and clarifications at any step, enhancing user satisfaction.
Iterative Development: Recognizing our challenges, especially in the frontend, and making decisions to ensure a functional product showcased our adaptability. This iterative approach, driven by feedback and real-world requirements, is something we are particularly proud of.
Collaborative Effort: The synergy of our team, each bringing in their unique skills, was instrumental in turning the idea of ContractMatic into a reality. The mutual learning and collaboration were truly commendable.
What we learned
Throughout the development of ContractMatic, we deepened our understanding of Flask, got hands-on experience with several AI services, and learned the intricacies of API integrations. The project reinforced the importance of focusing on core strengths and iterating based on feedback.
What's next for ContractMatic
We envision adding more contract templates, introducing multi-language support, and integrating more AI services to provide real-time legal suggestions. We're also open to collaborating with frontend experts to enhance the user interface in future iterations.