Illiteracy is a condition that denies people opportunity. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 48 million youth (ages 15-24) are illiterate. 22% of primary aged children are not in school, that makes 30 million primary aged children who are not in school. Many parts of World including Indonesia & India supply same Insights. For children & Youth, we want to help them with Read aloud, parts of speech support, Syllabification & Picture Dictionary Support, to help them read between the lines.
This generation is surrounded by apps and services that lower our attention span. It makes reading and book a lot harder for someone, who is just trying to read a book first time, or after a huge break of time. We wanted to make reading easier and fun, to find the lost love of reading. We thought of a way to revolutionize reading & learning experience with technology around us.
What it does
Stooks present bite sized content & learnings squeezed out of books in form of stories (Snapchat/Instagram).
Ability to read is something that cannot reached via just books. This differentiates people who want to read but are not able to. Also, Scalability & Local language support might be the reason most of 182 million adults are unable to read and write, we solve it using Serverless Technologies & AI Powered Translation. This project supports all abilities, including readers with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, emerging readers, and non-native speakers.
While building this project, we thought of being accessible and innovate with knowledge bags to help grand Parents and Younger ones around us.
How we built it
We built it using Serverless APIs powered by Azure Functions & and SSG sites Using NextJS and ReactJS. To add Accessibility features and Translation we used Immersive Reader by Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services. The Web app is deployed to Vercel Platform while Azure functions are deployed at Microsoft Azure.
We drank a lot of coffee & we think that it might have helped us work faster.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into many challenges and building this project was hell of a ride. Ayush got idea of this project while he was trying to sleep, he did not know that this project will take two more nights of sleep till he does not finish this. We saw our browsers crash while running a truthy loop.
We did not have instant coffee at first and someone had to get it from market.
Accomplishments that we are proud of
We learnt new experiences and went ahead of our knowledge to implement this challenges & we are surely ahead of knowledge we had previously.
We integrated accessible features and thought of edge cases while building this project.
We also got hands on new coffee brand off the shelf, it tasted good.
What we learned
We broadened our thinking about ways to help serve our community through our existing knowledge. We literally saw the world through Johann Wolfgang von Goethe view, “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."
We also learnt adding honey to espresso makes it more smooth and less bitter.
What is next for stooks
- We will attach a CMS & Open Source it.
- Add speed reader.
- If we win and get ahead with Scaling it, we will build loyalty and rewarding points for learners to ensure retention and offer positive reinforcements to students.
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