By leveraging the availability and popularity of the Facebook Messenger platform around the world, Art Auction opens up the selling and buying of artworks to a global audience. This both increases the audience spectrum for artists in various countries, as well as increases the array of choices for global art lovers. In addition, Art Auction encourages the selling of artworks at base accessible, which can then be increased based on demand, during the auction stage.
What it does
Out Art Auction bot automates the user process for buying as well as selling art. When more than two people have selected the same artwork, it will be put up for bidding during a specific time slot, which the user will be notified of via a Facebook message from the bot. By starting with any simple text prompt such as a greeting, the user will be able to select between "Buy Art" or "Sell Art" quick replies, which will then send them the appropriate prompts. During the "Sell Art" set of prompts, the user will be prompted to upload their artwork, as well as the title of the piece, year of creation, initial bidding price, category (i.e. Painting, Sculpture, or Photography), and dimensions. During the "Buy Art" set of prompts, the user will be able to select their preferred category and price range of artworks. The artworks matching their description will be shown via a Messenger Generic Template Carousel. The buyer will then be sent a prompt to await further instructions for bidding on the work, as applicable.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Through this hacakthon, we are proud of addressing a real-world problem regarding a more accessible interface for artists and world-wide buyers. Through our application, anyone in the world with access to Facebook can also access a world-wide array of artists and their art.
What we learned
Through this hackathon, we gained experience and depth in systems thinking, creating user flows, and understanding chatbot conversation design. From a technical perspective, we also learned about webhooks, localhost tunneling, and Facebook Messenger Platform features.
What's next for Art Auction
From a business and design perspective, we want to continue expanding the different types of art sold through Art Auction and also create feedback loops for different user input scenarios. From a technical perspective, we will be completing the live auction aspect of our application in the coming weeks.