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The Emotion Journal performs real-time sentiment analysis on your most personal stories

Winner: The Emotion Journal

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Andrew Greenstein, an app developer from San Francisco, started journaling a few months ago. He tries to write for five minutes every day, but it’s challenging to set aside the time. Still, he’s read that journaling reduces stress and can help with goal-setting, so he’s trying to make it a habit.

At the Disrupt London Hackathon, Greenstein and his team built The Emotion Journal, a voice journaling app that performs real-time emotional analysis to detect the user’s feelings and chart their emotional state over time. (A small aside here: when you check out The Emotion Journal’s website, you might get a security warning — this is because the site is built to have a secure https connection but the developers haven’t paid for a certificate yet.)

By day, Greenstein is the CEO of SF AppWorks, a digital agency. But he and his co-founder, Darius Zagrean, have become increasingly interested in artificial intelligence and how it can be used to address mental health issues.

“I’d like to continue working on it because this stuff to me, the connection between human and computer, is so fascinating,” Greenstein said.

The idea to apply AI to mental health challenges first came to Greenstein and his team during an internal AppWorks hackathon, during which one team built an app to roleplay anxiety-inducing situations and improve the user’s response to his or her anxiety triggers. “We wanted to get into AI as much as we could. It’s so clear that’s where the world is going. This one had the emotional factor that really grabbed me,” Greenstein explained. Continue

 

It’s been a long night at the Copper Box Arena in London. The arena hosted the handball competition of the Summer Olympics a few years ago. But this weekend has been all about a different kind of competition — the Disrupt London Hackathon.

Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regular hackers. Their challenge was to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack in just 24 hours.

We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 63 teams took the stage to present a short one-minute demo to impress fellow hackers and our judges. But only one team could take home the grand prize and £4,000. So, without further ado, meet the Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon winner.

Winner: The Emotion Journal

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Journaling has proven psychological, stress-reducing, goal-orienting benefits when done regularly. But for many people, writing is harder than talking. The team used IBM Watson to create a smart voice journal. You talk to it about your day and it analyzes your emotions and stores the logs. If you do it once a day you can see a visual representation of your feelings and experiences over time. Using artificial intelligence to improve people’s mental health is quite neat.

TechCrunch’s Kate Conger wrote an article about this hack because it’s pretty cool.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/04/disrupt-london-2016-hackathon-winners/




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