Inspiration

Half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home, and over 200 languages are spoken in NYC. With such a diverse demographic, not everyone has the same kind of access to the resources that may be available to them.

What it does

Provides a chatbot service to help direct users to the most relevant resource needed (hot meal, showers, medical help)

How I built it

Botkit.ai, node.js, NYC Open Data Socrata Open Data API, HTML, CSS

Challenges I ran into

Deploying app on the cloud, organizing tasks

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Coming together to brainstorm ideas and implementing one in such a short amount of time.

What I learned

Botkit.ai, Socrata Open Data API, node.js

What's next for meltingpot

Exploring migration to IBM APIs (Watson Assistant, Language Translator, Natural Language Understanding) to provide multilingual services. Further chatbot training. Adding more services (hospitals, job training centers).

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