To get started, visit http://ibm.biz/cfc-commskit
As COVID-19 affects communities around the world, communications systems have been stretched to capacity with people trying to find basic information around resources, testing, symptoms, and treatment. When communication methods lag, people who need real help can't get access to it. In these cases, chatbots can be an invaluable tool that provides help responding to potentially hundreds of thousands of messages each day.
To address immediate needs around crisis communication, our team built a chatbot that users can access on a website. The solution connects to Slack, and a voice-enabled chatbot that is connected to Node-RED. The chatbot can even retrieve COVID news through Watson Discovery and query trusted data sources for COVID infection statistics. This starter kit gets developers started using Watson Assistant and shows them how basic workflows would work between the user and backend technology.
Those who take this starter kit forward will have a strong foundation to incorporate publicly available data, subject matter expertise, and further API integrations to create a more complete and robust solution.
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