Everyone wishes they had a knowledgable local friend when they travel. Now everyone does. The GastroClub is a voice-activated recommendation system which combines social recommendations with an easy-to-use interface.

What it does

The GastroClub gives you local recommendations in a conversational way. It integrates online reviews and recommendations from your social circle into a an easy-to-use conversational model.

Challenges we ran into

Synchronizing data between our app and the Alexa Skills Kit was somewhat challenging. The Alexa Voice SDK is also lacking some features. Also, due to the lack of nearby places, we had to fake our GPS location to the center of Times Square.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

AVS working on a phone was challenging. Also, doing a voice-oriented demo in 60 seconds was pretty tight.

What we learned

Voice recognition is great! ASK is very easy to use. It's very challenging to do AVS on a non-echo device, however.

What's next for The GastroClub

After NYC, the world!

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