Integrate your COVID-19 crisis communication chatbot with Slack

In times of crisis, chatbots can help people quickly find the answers that they need to critical questions. In the case of a pandemic like COVID-19, people might be searching for information about the disease’s progression or where to get tested. In this tutorial, I show you how to integrate a crisis communication chatbot with Slack to make it faster for users to get answers to their COVID-related questions.
This tutorial gives you step-by-step instructions for how you can get your COVID Crisis Communication Assistant up and running with Slack.
The following figure shows you the result.

Learning objectives
In this tutorial, you will:
Learn how to build a Slack application
Integrate your Slack app with Watson Assistant
Build a Call for Code COVID Crisis Communications Slack-enabled Chatbot solution
Prerequisites
An IBM Cloud account
Create a Watson Assistant COVID-19 Crisis Communication Chatbot
Set up a Slack workspace with administrative rights
Estimated time
It should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete the tutorial


Original URL: https://developer.ibm.com/tutorials/create-crisis-communication-chatbot-integrate-slack/

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Create a voice-enabled COVID-19 chatbot using Node-RED

Learn how to create a voice-enabled chatbot using Node-RED and the IBM® Watson Assistant, Watson Speech to Text, and Watson Text to Speech services.
Learning objectives
In this tutorial, you will:
Learn about Node-RED and see how to install it locally and on IBM Cloud
Explore the node-red-node-watson Node-RED nodes
Import and deploy a Watson Assistant chatbot example
Build a Call for Code COVID-19 crisis communications voice-enabled chatbot solution
Prerequisites
Install Node-RED locally or Create a Node-RED Starter application in IBM Cloud.
After Node-RED is installed, add these dependencies:
npm install node-red-contrib-browser-utils node-red-dashboard node-red-node-watson node-red-contrib-play-audio

Create a Watson Assistant COVID-19 crisis communications chatbot. Follow the instructions.

Estimated time
It should take you approximately 30 minutes to complete the tutorial.
Architecture diagram
The following diagram shows the workflow for a Node-RED chatbot that answers questions about COVID-19.

A user visits a voice-enabled Node-RED website with the COVID-19 chatbot and asks a question.
Node-RED records the speech .wav file and calls the Watson Speech to Text Service


Original URL: https://developer.ibm.com/tutorials/create-a-voice-enabled-covid-19-chatbot-using-node-red/

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Integrate a COVID-19 crisis communication chatbot on a website

This tutorial takes you through building a simple Node.js application that is connected to a COVID-19 chatbot using the Watson Assistant APIs. The steps are taken from this assistant-simple repository and adopted for 2020 Call for Code challenge. You can use this tutorial as a starting template for the COVID-19 challenge.
Learning objectives
In this tutorial, you will:
Learn how to create a simple Node.js application.
Connect the application to a chatbot using the IBM Watson Assistant APIs.
Test and run the application locally.
Deploy the application on IBM Cloud as a Cloud Foundry application.
Here is a demo of the final application:

Prerequisites
Sign up for an IBM Cloud account.
Download the IBM Cloud CLI. You will use it to push your Node.js application to the cloud.
Create a COVID-19 chatbot and connect it to data sources You need to get the credentials from that chatbot to use in your Node.js application:
Log in to your IBM Cloud account.
Go to resources


Original URL: https://developer.ibm.com/tutorials/create-a-covid-19-chatbot-embedded-on-a-website/

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Create a mobile app to facilitate community collaboration

There is a growing interest in enabling communities to cooperate among themselves to solve problems in times of crisis, whether it be to advertise where supplies are held, offer assistance for collections, or other local services like volunteer deliveries.
For example, with the 2020 SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19 or “Novel Coronavirus”) crisis, federal and local governments may be rolling out broad programs, but cooperation at the local level is usually the most effective way of getting help to where it is most needed as quickly as possible. Traditional social media is one way of communicating within a community, but this is often not sufficiently structured to enable rapid discovery of help needed.
In the current crisis, we have already seen shortages of local food, medical equipment, and other supplies. In addition, the recommended (or required) self-isolation and social distancing measures can compound the problem by preventing people from easily getting to locations with the


Original URL: https://developer.ibm.com/tutorials/create-a-mobile-app-to-facilitate-community-collaboration/

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Create a virtual classroom environment

To enable instructors to more easily connect with students for remote education, IBM is providing free access to your very own instance of the IBM Developer Skills Network portal until November of 2022.
A Skills Network portal is your own online learning environment. You can configure it to meet the needs of your own audience, whether that includes young students, technical staff, or any specialized group.
Check out our interactive demo with sample courses.
Learning objectives
In this tutorial, you will learn how to implement and configure a customized version of the IBM Developer Skills Network portal for online education.
Prerequisites
None.
Estimated time
Tasks in this tutorial should take about 30 minutes. (It can take several days to receive access to the new portal.)
Steps
To get started with your own Skills Network portal, complete the following steps.
1. Complete the form
Complete the request form to create an instance of the IBM Developer Skills Network portal. Allow up


Original URL: https://developer.ibm.com/tutorials/cfc-starter-kit-skills-network-implementation/

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Create a quiz app to assess online learning

As learning and collaboration moves online in response to the COVID-19 crisis, developers will need to build microservices to enable distance learning. As part of that learning, instructors need to be able to assess their students’ understanding of course material.
This tutorial shows you how to build a simple quiz app to assess learner understanding. A major benefit of the app is its flexibility: this starter kit can easily be adapted into a short essay app, a grading app, or other educational tool.
Loopback is an open source tool for quickly building a data api for your applications. Whatever your specific application’s purpose, Loopback gets you quickly writing application logic instead of data-handling code.

You can find code and related files for this tutorial in the accompanying GitHub repo.
You can also try a quiz and explore the api before you get started on your own app.
Learning objectives
By completing this tutorial, you will


Original URL: https://developer.ibm.com/tutorials/cfc-starter-kit-quiz-app-example/

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