Inspiration

As CS Students at UTD, we are no stranger to a heavy workload of homework, study time, class time, and extracurricular activities. Having to juggle everything all on your own could mean that a few ball-drops will be made along the way, and with 2020's unexpected changes to our learning environment many more obstacles could have gotten in the way of our success. Luckily, Tob-y is here to help us manage all our events, point us towards resources that will help us with our classes, and provide motivation throughout our study time. The name Tob-y is inspired by the infamous naming tradition of UTD (e.g. Temoc, Tobor) and invites all students to feel they have a friend in the discord server that is always there to support them. Just ask Tob-y for help and he is always there to lend a helping hand!

What it does

Tob-y is a specialized discord bot that is intended for use by UTD students. It has many features that assist students with finding campus resources, keeping their events organized, and staying focused and engaged during study time.

How we built it

We built Tob-y using the discord Python Library, discord.py. We wrote our python code on Repl.it.

Challenges we ran into

Some of the challenges we ran into had to do with the fact that we, as a team, are novice developers. We had very little prior experience with Python before starting this project and had never created a discord bot before. However, it was a great experience for us to challenge ourselves and try something new.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of creating a functional discord bot that not only works as we intended it, but is something that we would enjoy using and benefit from in our daily lives. When it comes to coding, thinking of a worth-while project is sometimes the hardest part, but we were able to create something we are proud of and learn new skills while doing so.

What we learned

We learned that the coding community, spread all over the world, has so many amazing resources for developers at all levels. There is always something new to learn and explore. In addition, we learned that when working on a development team the best approach is to utilize the skills of each team member and support each other, which ultimately led to an optimal result.

What's next for Tob-y - UTD Student Toolbox

Next up in the development for Tob-y is more specialized events. We hope to connect Tob-y with the eLearning platform, that way it can cater specifically to each student's needs, automatically keep track of their assignments, share new announcements, and give them tips on how to succeed in their classes.

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