Disrupt NY Hackathon 2016


Makers of an app referred to as Eliza need to make it as straightforward for individuals to trace their psychological nicely-being as it’s to trace their bodily health.

The Eliza app asks customers to report a voice memo, say, venting about a problem they’re coping with at work or just reflecting on their day. The app turns the consumer’s speech into textual content that’s prepared for sentiment evaluation.

After every memo is shortly analyzed, Eliza generates an infographic that exhibits customers whether or not they sound comfortable and calm, principally, or perhaps burdened and in want of help from buddies and therapists. It additionally lets customers see, over time, how they’ve been feeling.

The thought is to get individuals to counseling, or no less than to speak with somebody they love and belief earlier than they discover themselves coping with unmitigated and debilitating ranges of melancholy, nervousness or different psychological well being points.

Builders Kathryn Hodge, a junior at Vassar School, and Tae Hong Min, a senior at Lehigh College, used IBM Watson and Twilio know-how to create this app, and constructed it on Ionic to make it cross-platform from the beginning.

The scholars stated they don’t need to flip this app right into a startup, however will proceed to work on it, ideally making it obtainable without spending a dime to assist psychological well being researchers.

They duo additionally stated they need to de-stigmatize psychological well being issues and remedy. “Typically you’re in self denial that you’ve a problem, however in case you have one thing within the palm of your hand feeding it again to you, objectively, you possibly can’t deny it,” Min stated.

Hodge famous that Eliza additionally lets customers share their info with a licensed therapist. She hopes that charting the info over time may help therapists see what’s working, and never, for his or her sufferers and put together for counseling periods, amongst different issues.

The staff has competed at hackathons earlier than and intends to maintain doing so. They have been the winners of one of the best use of VR award at Bitcamp earlier this yr, for BumbleAidr, a VR app to detect early onset of consideration-deficit issues in customers.