Our goal was to bring the world closer together by building communities. And since we believe that communities start with two people, we sought to streamline the process of meeting like-minded people in your area.
Friendzy is a Facebook-native chatbot that connects you to local people with similar interests. The chatbot the Facebook Messenger API, Microsoft Bot Framework, Microsoft Azure, and machine learning algorithms to determine the best person match for what you're looking for, so you don't have to do any work. Just open Messenger and start chatting!
Also, while we strive to foster real relationships between real people, we were also aware of individual privacy concerns. That is why we implemented a "firewall" of consent in the matching process, so users must confirm their desire to engage with a match before getting connected.
Under the Covers
Microsoft Bot Framework
Facebook Messenger API
Challenges we ran into
Initially setting up the bot framework for the first time.
What's next for Friendzy
Groups with similar interests to further expand the community
AI for custom commands like “Match me with someone at UT”
We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and hope to take Friendzy to the next level!