I was inspired to use my skills to help the fight against Coronavirus. While looking for a suitable project I found and was inspired by the Covid Symptom Tracker app (2 million downloads): https://covid.joinzoe.com/
Building apps that work consistently across multiple platforms is time consuming and expensive. I reasoned that the same and perhaps a larger audience could be reached and with less friction (no user sign up) by using a bot deployed to some of the most commonly used digital channels - Facebook, WhatsApp, SMS etc.
What it does
It's a simple conversational bot that responds once a user sends it a message. It will ask the user a series of questions about their current health. The intention is that users can self-report regularly and through the collection of these valuable data points public health researchers and officials can gain some insight into the high risk areas of a country, who is at risk, and the rate of spread of the virus (the same rationale described here: https://covid.joinzoe.com/)
How I built it
Using Twilio Autopilot, Twilio Functions and Node.js. Plan to use Kafka, Elasticsearch, Postgres, Angular, AWS (for hosting).
Challenges I ran into
None really - was able to create and deploy and integrate a bot with WhatsApp in a couple of hours.
What's next for Coronabot