People want to get to information quicker and websites are quickly becoming obsolete. We decided to help Student Loan Company ride the wave of the oncoming conversational chat interface wave.
What it does
Loanly is a collection of services which allows any student to access information using natural language, either on the Amazon Echo or through an automated text bot that understands natural language over text.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Getting Alexa to understand accents was difficult. It took us some time to fix this problem. Scraping data from the Student Loan Website was difficult due to bad html and lack of consistent structure. Moreover, translating it into structured data that can be easily queried was tricky too.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We got all of our features done in time.
What we learned
We learnt a lot of additional Alexa functionality. Web scraping was a new thing to learn too. Integrating multiple with one database.
What's next for Loanly
Improving the database and contextual understanding.