Equitable access to vaccines is vital to end the Covid-19 pandemic. However, according to fcc.gov over 14 million Americans don't have access to reliable internet. Our team saw this as an opportunity to use google API to not only bridge Covid-19 vaccine registration to underprivileged communities but also make signing up for Covid-19 vaccines easier and convenient for everyone.
What it does
- Anyone with a cellphone sends a message to our designated number.
- Our AI assistant then locates nearby Covid-19 distributers and has the consumer choose one.
- Then our AI will ask the necessary form questions to the consumer and simultaneously fill out the online form while the consumer provides their information.
- Lastly our AI texts the user the details of their appointment.
How we built it
- Google Cloud Services: Geocode, Places, and Dialog Flow
- SMS service: Twilio
- Test/Demo Form: React JS, Firebase, HTML, and CSS
- Python to combine the entire product
Challenges we ran into
All of our team members were unfamiliar with the Google Cloud Services that we ended up using as well as the SMS service, Twilio, but through Google documentations and YouTube we were able to solve most of our problems. We, also ran into errors regarding connecting Dialog Flow to Twilio SMS.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Creating a mock-webpage
- Finishing the Geocode and Places components
What we learned
A lot about Google Cloud Services, Python, JSON, React, Twilio and many more technologies.
What's next for Vaccess
In the future we hope to expand on Vaccess by enabling our bot to fill out not just our trial react form but pharmacy Covid websites. We also would like our bot to accept more complex user input and further streamline signing up for Covid appointments.