By 2020, it is estimated that there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than students. Unfortunately, there are over 1 million people in the USA with a disability in their hands and/or forearms. Our team recognized a need to bring tools to market that promote a computer science scene that is more inclusive for our friends with disabilities.
What it does
How we built it
SpeakCode is a website hosted on AWS Elastic Beanstalk. It is built using Node.js and the Express framework for server-side operations, as well as the Bootstrap framework for the front end. With the user's consent, the IDE receives a constant stream of data from the user's microphone to feed into the Microsoft Azure API for speech recognition. The text transcription is then parsed using an algorithm we developed to identify, structure and display different programming features in the IDE.
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Here is what each of our members are proud of about our project. Dawson: I never thought I would ever see keyboard-less programming and yet here we are developing it ourselves. The concept behind this project is simply the most astonishing idea for me. Sachinda: The fact that we created a tool that does not really exist yet is really surprising to me. Jason: I'm extremely proud of our ability to bring our idea from idea to reality, as well as for our ability to collaborate with each other and reach out for help when needed
What we learned
All of us learned a ton about web development and how to create full web applications. Here are what each of us individually learned from the project. Sachinda: I learned a lot about building a full web app, as I had no prior experience. From the front end technologies such as HTML to back end tools such as Elastic Beanstalk, I struggled, but also became much more knowledgable about them. Jason: I learned what AWS, Node.js and Express were used for, and how to integrate these technologies with front-end technologies I was previously familiar with. Dawson: I got to experience firsthand what is like develop a complex natural language processing heuristic alongside gaining Node.js and AWS familiarity to complement my existing skills.
What's next for SpeakCode
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