Stand apart: Together.
The Covid19 world pandemic has changed life as we know it. With much of the world social distancing, we are called to distance, but not isolate. It’s difficult to avoid the negative effects of social distancing when we can no longer visit friends and family or go to cultural events like concerts, festivals, and theatre. Behind closed doors we are still social beings; we need to experience each other. Sharing culture is what makes us human.
Give On LIVE! takes immediate action by partnering with one interactive medium, available to everyone with internet connection: LIVEStream. Live-streaming is already the new norm, and we have given it a new home. Our mission is to gather livestream content in ONE place. A portal that fosters connection between humans. The ultimate interactive stage where we can share culture without borders.
Host a LIVEstream or Share your favorite LIVEstream Creator. Post an event on the calendar and share with the world. Give On Live is the guide to discovering, hosting, and playing through virtual social connection that makes us human. We may be called to stand apart for now, but through Give On LIVE, we can be UNITED through LIVEstream.
#GetLIVE & #GiveLIVE
Stand Apart: Together Your Livestream Guide
In this sudden time of quarantine and social distancing, many have been forced into lockdown, physically cut off from other humans. We have found that in this time #LIVEHeroes have stood up and shared their talents freely to selflessly give others entertaining options for their #PandemicSurvivalGuide. Fitness instructors and gyms have offered free livestream classes, mentors and life coaches frequently go LIVE to share advice, many institutions are hosting LIVE seminars. And perhaps most impressive is the amount of artists collaborating to raise money for needed Covid19 relief initiatives. #TogetherAtHome #BigNighIn #AndreaBoccelli #MusicForHope. Our world is coming together to share positive content and endure this time together, it deserves a home.
What it does
Our mission is to gather free live-stream in ONE place; a portal that fosters connection between humans. Our open, crowdsourced guide brings together all the free livestream resources available. With a focus on Concerts & Festivals, MIND, BODY, SOUL, & COVID19, this guide shares daily uplifting, entertaining, and interactive resources people can engage from their computer or mobile. No matter which platform used for streaming, all information is gathered here to easily guide users.
We started with a Google Form, Public Calendar and a Dream; Bring hope into every home by sharing free resources in ONE easy to navigate guide.
The GLOBAL HACK - April 2020 During the Global Hack we gathered a small rockstar team and built out a simple front-end combining the Google Form and Google Calendar. We built on Wordpress and followed a theme with all the functions of a live streaming platform like YouTube. We kept it very simple, with a home landing page with categories, the full calendar, and submit form. We began recruiting LIVEAdmins to directly input new events following our community rules of engagement. http://giveonlive.com/submit
The DATA BIO HACK - April 2020 We gathered physicists and data scientists to discover what data could tell us about what activities were available, how people were feeling, and a smart data-driven solution to recommend daily livestream to viewers we had never met. We scoured data sets and created the “Senti-me” aggregator. Using an API over Twitter we triggered collection of key words and posts. Thus we were able to gather, compare and analyze the sentiment of humans in different regions (IP addresses) This helped us to start forming our persona Thomas, an out of work creator and Tara Rose an exchange student living in the heart of the outbreak, Milano, Italy.
The EuVSVirus HACK - April 2020 We have built a mobile app for Android and IOS This has direct integration into the Google Calendar. Users can search the many listings and add to their personal agenda. There is an option to watch “Featured Daily” selections directly from the site. This will be connected to a smart bot, that uses data sets and sociology AI to recommend a curated daily agenda for viewers #MyPandemicSurvivalGuide. Also an option for “Daily Livestream” to an email with the pick of the day.
The Global AI Hackathon - April-May 2020 We have engaged in intensive research of various data sets, sentiment analysis and determined ways to use APIs to build our GetLIVE Wellness Algorithm. We had to pivot from our hypothesis and categories based on types of event to emotions critical to wellness. This allowed us to create more feasible data analysis and integrate into our recommender system. Our global team of scientists and design thinkers had helped to identify the direction for gaining a foundation of data through a beta mobile launch of users in our target and diverse profiles.
World Hackathon Day - Research HERE: https://github.com/hammedb197/GiveLIVE_AI/tree/master/emotional_detection
S.O.S. Hackathon - We continue to polish our product and consider decentralized framework and opening up payment rails. We are in process of adding direct donations and payments using not only FIAT through merchant partners, but also our own custom made cryptocurrency peer to peer transfers. We have won Best Woman Led Project in this hackathon. Thank you S.O.S. Hackathon and great mentors from Ethereum Foundation.
Raise-Up Buildathon- July 2020 We begin to consider challenges and scaling including ways to make our database of LIVE content available to viewers with disabilities. We have integrated Alexa Skills so that content in the LIVEstream library can be searchable with voice. We have also added a chat bot to guide audiences to the content they seek. Our research team has compiled Cultural Institutions and City Virtual tours on the Web. We plan to reach out to these institutions directly. They will be able to access their profiles, creat events, and accept donations and ticket sales. This is possible through the Events Calendar plug-in w have installed. Thank you Modern Tribe ( Creator of the software). Our AWS account has details of Alexa Skills, Lex for chatbot, and Amazon Pay integration. Thank you Amazon! https://github.com/giveonliverepo/aws-raiseup-hack
How we built it
We started with a simple Google Form & Calendar, and added a front-end website built on Wordpress. We began recruiting LIVEAmbassadors to add events to the calendar and recruit users to niche FB groups related to different categories.
We built a back-end aggregator to scrape events off posts on Twitter to start. These events integrate directly to the public Google Calendar and pass through a moderation portal where admins can have access to push to the system or not.
For ambassadors we will make an easy streamline way to submit livestream recommendations and hosted sessions, though integratable bots to their own calendar and eventbrite accounts.
During the EuVsVirus Hackathon we built a functioning Mobile App. -We built using Flutter, immediately integratable for Android and IOS -We connected an API to Google calendar that connects live to our mobile app triggers -We used Figma to create UI/UX for both sides of our Marketplace; viewer and host -We integrated the design into the back end
There are endless resources and we need a scalable method to make sure content is appropriate. As we grow the host creator community we will also be challenged by maintaining an open governance that adheres to the rules of engagement. Getting started configuring the web server was challenging. Integrating the different tech and plugins took time and strain. We had to deal with bugs. We were also working on various time zones, so team collaboration challenges. Very grateful to mentors and slack that helped us coordinate all. Customizing features with google integration was limited to google style. We need to consider if we will keep these color and style limitations or later build from scratch. There are many benefits with so many users on google to keep as is, we are analyzing financial of labor and upkeep for staying in Google or customizing a new solution.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
In two short weeks we made a well rounded initial guide integratable with viewers personal google calendar and attracted many interested mission members. During the EuVSVirus we have built a functioning Mobile app using Flutter that can be made available easily to both IOS and Android.
Today June 2020, we have over 50+ growing community adding their skills to the collective mission. We have launched the LIVELearn Program, admitting 5 incredible learners in career transitions. We are humbled and grateful to all the support and momentum adding value on livestream at a time.
What we learned
Livestream content, Zoom group webinars and other platforms can take time for viewers to get used to. Both hosts and participants have a learning curve to accessing content. We understand limitations and want to also embed an easy way for guide subscribers to access their livestream from GiveLIVE! app or links from personal google calendar.
What's next for Give On Live
Give, Grow, and Build. We are excited to enter various Hackathons and continue to add value to the community with more features and most importantly the interactive livestream content society needs to stay uplifted in this critical time.