Inspiration

We're huge fans of podcasts, but we feel there's lack of truly personalised podcasts on the market. We thought we could fill that niche with an AI generated content based on your tastes or trending topics from around the web.

What it does

Our iOS app will create a personalised podcasts based on the interests you specify. The podcasts are built by intelligently summarising articles from various sources and using text-to-speech engine along with some AV iOS magic.

How we built it

We're iOS hackers so we started off with an iOS app, created a simple backend using Firebase and connected it with IBM Watson services (Alchemy, Text to Speech & Retrieve and Rank). To provide access to the podcasts for people who don't have iOS devices we've also created an Alexa skill and Twillio hotline.

Challenges we ran into

Connecting outputs from various APIs and services. Some of our operations take more time than usual REST requests, coordinating them was challenging.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We've managed to build a complete working MVP which does exactly what we planned to do. Through out 24hrs we shipped an iOS app, an Alexa skill and Twilio hotline.

What we learned

We've got familiar with IBM Watson, something we've wanted to do for a while. Learned a ton about AI and classifying natural language.

What's next for illbeyour.host

We'll definitely keep working on the project. The core functionality of the app is done, we'll be uploading the initial version to the AppStore shortly after the hackathon concludes. There's also quite a few things we'd like to add to make I'll Be Your Host a mature product.

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