Initial brainstorming

What it does

Intent Wizard prototype for Slack.

1. Suggesting adding words where necessary.
2. Suggesting removing or replacing words where necessary.
3. Suggesting a change in overall style/tonality.

Feature list:
/iw - Calling for Intent Wizard. Is used in front of a message.
Buttons - Alternatives offered by Intent Wizard. Buttons appear after pressing enter.
Emojis - Buttons offer also emoji responses where appropriate.
When the user chooses a button the message is finally sent to the channel for others to read.

How we built it

Non-tech: Getting new team members on board. Multiple brainstorming sessions on Skype. Setting up workflow on global hackathon Slack channel. Dividing team by roles.
Non-Tech: Survey to understand depth of the problem and to collect examples from real life. Survey was shared on Global hackathon ask-community channel, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Non-Tech: Curated example cases (simple phrases) for matching badly worded triggers with well-worded alternatives. Intents in well-worded alternatives are based on life experience.
Tech: Python, Node.js, PHP, Slack, Pandas, Bottle, PickleDB, Google Drive API, brains. Will add: Nltk, Numpy, Scipy, CvxOpt, Word Mover's Distance (WMD), Word Embedding.

Challenges we ran into

Slack provided us with 7 different passwords one of which was partially correct one :)

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Team: Hard-working, dedicated, professionals with 10+ years of collective experience in psychology, marketing, software engineering (development, architectures), writing, UX design.
Impact: Empowers people working from home, especially amid COVID19, avoiding time lost on communication ping-pong. Enables getting things off your mind/chest fast without overthinking on your side and without dragging or insulting the other side.

What we learned

Our survey run during the hackathon proved the importance of the product:

What's next for Intent Wizard

Communication pipeline consists of:
1. What you say.
2. What you mean.
3. How the other person interprets it.
4. How the other person feels.
5. How the other person behaves.

Goals by input:
Minimize time on problem #1 - Reduce communication overhead.

Goals by output:
Maximize coherence by #2 - Get intent across the fastest and to the point..
Minimize arousal on #4 - Avoid insulting other team members.
Minimize confusion by #4 and #5 - Avoid waiting until silence boils stress for too long.
Minimize inefficiency on #5 - Letting person A speak their mind fast and to-the-point without killing person B’s motivation to act and learn. Getting problems off the chest quickly. Getting ideas on the table fast (especially in a crisis situation).

Target audience:
Teams who use communication channels while working on the same project remotely.
Working with (new) clients from different cultural backgrounds.
New employees joining an existing organization.

Full project report

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