Community Companion

Team Name: 
Community Companion

The community companion device is for the elderly, the disabled and the infirmed.  It will make it easier to engage people and for them to not feel so isolated and lonely.  Elderly people feel disengaged, and this idea will help overcome these concerns, by delivering data technology to people who want to use it, but feel it is too hard.  It will use single-touch technology and voice output.  Android text-to-voice service will be used to speak the buttons as they are pressed.  In the future the device will use Amazon Echo cloud-based services (see https://developer.amazon.com/echo) to provide more general question-answering, like Siri.  Ideally, it will also provide some conversational features so that it can be a companion to combat loneliness, like Hasbro's Robotic Cat companion (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35310200).

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Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Business Discount Directory for Senior and Carer Cardholders
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
https://data.qld.gov.au
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Queensland Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Our Android App uses a subset of this data to show local discounts to pensioners: Outlet Suburb = "CALOUNDRA" and Business Category = "Hearing Products and Services". In the prototype of the App, this subset was extracted from a downloaded copy of the data set using a Python program (see https://github.com/utting/govhack2016b/blob/master/data/discounts.py) to read and filter the data and incorporate it into the app. In the final version, this query would be connected to the live database, so that the elderly person can choose a business category to look for discounts, and use their home suburb as the default suburb. The data set contains latitude and longitude for each business, so the discount locations would be displayed on a map, which could be clicked to see more detail, or scrolled to look at nearby suburbs (or Brisbane, etc.).
Dataset Name: 
Sunshine coast Regional - Bus stops with shelters
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
One page of our our prototype Android App links to this data set to generate a live display of the bus stops with shelter near the elderly persons home. In the future, we would like to extend this to show bus stops without shelter as well (different colour). Clicking on a bus stop would ideally show the buses that are about to arrive at that stop, and the times at which they will arrive.
Dataset Name: 
3201.0 - Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, Jun 2010
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
We got general information about the age distribution of the Australian population, and used that to estimate the potential market size for this companion product.
Event Location: 
Sunshine Coast