Codethecity Health Saturday Updates

Lunchtime updates from the teams:

Team Text

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Everyone has the right to access to information to make them well. Many people do not have regular access to the internet, best indicated by the deprivation index.

This project is looking at how to bridge this gap over SMS – allowing individuals to send a text with a location and theme such as “Aberdeen Anxiety” and receive a response either asking further questions, or suggesting a course of action. No web links, just telephone numbers and addresses.

Currently looking at quality of results, data protection issues, tech layer, how to pull information, how to store information, how to access and discover the service.

POMOC

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Pomoc is “help” in Polish. Many people are blocked from accessing appropriate services effectively due to language barriers.

This team is looking at the best ways to overcome this. They have discovered that in many cases it is cultural, rather than linguistic differences that are the biggest challenge.

Examples include cold remedies being available from doctors in Poland, but easily available in high street pharmacy in the UK. Seeing a doctor can waste GP time, lead to frustrating first appointments, and discourage further access.

They are currently working on the communication challenge around these differences, rather than on translation of medical terminology.

Delta Test

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The team are addressing demand optimisation of GP requests into labs. The core problem is that many GPs do not have access to adequate information to select which tests to request – so request a full suite of tests.

Current system is very disjointed, excel based, and difficult to use. They’re working on an on-demand alternative to deliver easier access.

Friend Tree

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A Gumtree for friends. Social isolation is a significant problem. The team wants to tackle this with a theme of ‘finding volunteers and other ways to provide social contact’.

The research phase has discovered a number of apps delivering similar ideas. The team is keen to avoid recreating something that already exists. The next phase is to test existing options.

The Team (formerly known Torry Dolphin Watchers and now known as) Float My Boat – Signposting

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The key challenge here is how to enable people to identify options for health and wellbeing services and other related activities.

Have identified the potential for an app that can be aware of individuals, carers, cared for, and even provide profile management for care professionals.

Looking at novel interfaces to encourage usage. Also looking at challenges around the sourcing and validation of data.

Bridge of Don Active Travel Hub – Innovation Day

 

Saturday 10th December from 0900 – 1600 at  Bridge of Don Academy, Aberdeen, AB22 8RR

Sport Aberdeen and Code the City are inviting people from across Bridge of Don and the wider Aberdeen area to take part in a full day community workshop looking at active travel ideas.  The day will consider ideas to develop an Active Travel Hub in Bridge of Don which can promote and support cycling and walking in the community.

The event will be structured across a whole day, and allowing for drop in attendance throughout the day.

You can choose to drop in either morning or afternoon – or even stay for the full day if you like.

The day will involve:

  • Identification of potential opportunities or problems relating to the siting and functionality of an active travel hub in the Bridge of Don area.
  • Group idea generation session to address each of these areas employing a variety of appropriate techniques in order to generate the best ideas possible.
  • Team and group work to explore each idea – developing these to envision what future states might be.
  • Iterative development of prototype ‘solutions’.
  • Catering (teas, coffee, juices, snacks during the morning and afternoon and a sandwich / pizza lunch) for all participants.

Please register your interest via event brite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/active-travel-hub-innovation-day-tickets-29474133928

For more detail on the event please contact Susan Fraser, Project Development Manager, Sport Aberdeen sufraser@sportaberdeen.co.uk

Chatbots and AI – #CTC8

Code the City #8, which will take place in on Sat 25th to Sunday 26th February 2017, will be an exploration of the world of chatbots and AI (or Artificial Intelligence), identifying problems to tackle and quickly prototyping solutions.

>>> Book a ticket on our  Eventbrite page 

What are chat bots?

A chatbot is a piece of software that interacts with a customer or user to directly answer their questions. It uses existing data or information coupled with artificial intelligence to respond in a human-like way, guiding the user to a solution.

There are many examples of live chat bots in this exciting, emerging field. A chatboat could give you travel directions, tell you when its next going to rain in your area, or help you contest parking tickets. It could book you a flight and hotel, or act as a free lawyer to help the homeless get housing . The HBO series Westworld has even launched a bot to help you interact with the (fictional) holiday park!

If you are new to this field and want to get started we suggest you read the Complete Beginners Guide to Chatbots (and some of the links at the end of this article).

Example Travel Bot
Example Travel Bot
Example Waste Bot
Example Waste Bot

How will the weekend run?

We’ll apply our usual  Code The City methodology:

  • Bring together a diverse range of people from various backgrounds, to form teams.
  • Identify problems that we’d like to apply chatbots to solve.
  • Identify approaches,  information and data, to guide how we develop the bots and train them
  • Mix academic thinking, and user need, with open source technology and open data to develop new services
  • Iterate quickly through approaches, testing ideas, failing quickly and refining our approaches.
  • Prototype and demonstrate solutions to an interested audience

Who should attend?

  • Service owners – and service providers
  • Academics and students in the field of chatbots and artificial intelligence
  • Coders
  • Data specialists
  • Front-end and UX designers
  • Bloggers and social media practitioners
  • Anyone with an interest in getting involved in creating bots even for fun!

What you will do?

You will create mixed teams to workshop chatbot solutions to real world issues.  Maybe these will building on the outputs of previous work we’ve done at CodeTheCity. Through rapid prototyping you will create new applications and have some fun in the process.

We’ll show you new techniques for service design, idea generation, prototyping, and rapid iterative application development – and you will show other participants some tricks and approaches, too. We’ll share knowledge and learning.

You might even get a Tshirt, and we can guarantee the best catering of any weekend workshop in the city!

To book a free ticket visit our Eventbrite page   But be quick, tickets will go swiftly!

All attendees will get a year’s free membership of the Open Data Institute.

You can find out more about the previous events on tumblr, on the eventifier, and on flickr.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

How can I support this event?

If you are interested in sponsoring this event please, or providing other support such as access to online tools or services, please  get in touch.

Useful Articles and Resources

>>> Book a ticket on our  Eventbrite page

Codethecity Five – Culture

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Codethecity five is over. It took place over the weekend of 24 / 25 October 2015, and was themed around culture. Around 40 volunteers worked on some great projects. You can catch up with events on the #CTC5 tag here.

You can find more on twitter hashtag #codethecity, on our eventifier page and on github.