(outdated) COVID19 communication starter kit for the Call for Code challenge

In this blog post I want to point out the awesome COVID19 communication starter kit for the Call for Code challenge. I created a small YouTube Video series following a COVID19 starter kit tutorial with the objective to show and talk: “More about the how and not so much about the why”.


I selected the tutorial Create a crisis communication chatbot and connect it to news and COVID-19 data sources for my video series on YouTube.

Note: Here is the YouTube video series link for LinkedIn users ;-), because I notice in the LinkedIn Mobile App it seems, it isn’t possible to access the embedded YouTube video in the blog post.

Call for Code

From my point of view the Call for Code challenge has the following meaning: you build relevant application solutions, which will help humans who are impacted by natural disasters, climate change and COVID19.

The grand prize for the winner of that challenge is: the team will get $200,000 USD and will be supported by the solution implementation through Code and Response, they also get the opportunity for mentorship and investment.

The tutorial Create a crisis communication chatbot and connect it to news and COVID-19 data sources

From my perspective that tutorial is a perfect example to get started with very important and essential artificial intelligence services from IBM Watson on IBM Cloud.

In that tutorial you build a meaningful interaction for the users of an application using the Watson Assistant service to build a chatbot and integrate data sources using  the open source based serverless solution IBM Cloud Functions. Also, you integrate a searching and analyzing engine for existing unstructured data with the Watson Discovery service in the tutorial, that is also topic for a lot of applications.

With this in mind that tutorial is, from my perspective, an awesome starting point to start with integration using AI services. The image below shows the architecture with the used services on IBM Cloud. (Watson Assistant,IBM Cloud Functions,Watson Discovery)


I hope this was useful for you and let’s see what’s next?



PS:  You can try out Cloud Foundry Apps or Kubernetes on IBM Cloud. By the way, you can use the IBM Cloud for free, if you simply create an IBM Lite account. Here you only need an e-mail address.

#COVID19, #CallForCode, #WatsonAssistant, #Serverless, #WatsonDiscovery, #CloudFunctions, #StarterKits, #IBMDeveloper, #IBMCloud



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