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Waldemar Penner
Waldemar Penner

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Twilio Hackathon: Together against Corona!

Hey there, this is my first blog post about the #twiliohackathon.
My idea is, to connect those people who need help (Buying groceries, Take the dog out, Get medication, Just someone to talk) with those people who like to help.

What I built

I am trying to integrate this into the communication channels that we already use every day(WhatsApp, SMS, Telephone, Alexa...). The first interaction would be with a bot where the people specify some general information (What do you need?, Where do you live?, What do you want to help with?) and the app would match and connect these people. It won't be a very sophisticated app and I think the most challenging part is to train the bot correctly but I'm trying to keep this as simple as possible because I think it's much more simple to onboard users, especially older people.

Demo Link


Link to Code


How I built it (what's the stack? did I run into issues or discover something new along the way?)

Twilio Autopilot/Dialogflow
Still not sure about the Backend. I am confident with Java/Spring Boot but I would like to experiment with go. So it will be either Java/Spring Boot or go.

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David Pereira

Hi Waldemar 👋, your idea sounds quite interesting. If you don't mind me asking, I'm curious to know how you plan on securing the information the users input via SMS. Will you use another service (3rd party) for this?

Also good luck on your journey for this hackathon 😄