Ringmune ☎️ 💉
By Anna Arroyo, Tiffany Tabourne, Jenelle Millison, Jada Ebong
+1(817)854-4421 with zip code: 78258 when prompted
Ringmune (Ring + Immune) was inspired and designed with our parents, grandparents, seniors, and people with disabilities in mind. We created a tool to help seniors and people with disabilities schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. After researching what the best ways are to communicate for our target group, we decided to go with a phone hotline. Ringmune allows people to call and get help with scheduling a vaccine appointment without having to access the Internet.
What it does ⚙️
The Ringmune hotline will help guide users to schedule a vaccine appointment based on their zip code. Users will call the number and be asked to enter their 5 digit zip code that will help inform the user of which places around them have appointments and then have the opportunity to connect with those places directly from our hotline. Our hotline is also able to connect with hospitals and vaccine hubs to collect and store how many appointments are available to the week so that our users know many appointments reside at each place when they call.
How we built it 👩👩👧👧
Ringmune was built using the Twilio Programmable Voice API, Flask, Python, DialogFlow DigitalOcean, and MySQL.
Challenges we ran into 🤕
We ran into challenges with trying to connect the database with the Twilio API and navigating the Dialogflow console.
Accomplishments that we're proud of ❤️
We are proud that we made a tool to help the most vulnerable people to COVID-19 get vaccine appointments through our hotline. We are happy to know that anyone can call our number and get fast information about appointments.
What we learned 🧠
We learned how to use the Twilio API and run it on a DigitalOcean server. We also learned how to start up a web server and connect our application to a local database.
What's next for Ringmune 🚀
There is so much potential for Ringmune to be expanded upon. Here are a few points we would love to add in the future: Working with Hospitals and Vaccine hubs to set up automated calling every day for accurate appointment numbers. Eliminate manual entires of places that provide COVID-19 vaccines. Add disclaimers to Ringmune about securing a vaccine.