TADHack-mini Phoenix 2020 Summary

TADHack Phoenix Overall Montage

TADHack-mini Phoenix ran on the 1st and 2nd February, just before Avaya ENGAGE. This was the first time we’ve run an event in Phoenix, a big thank you to Phoenix developer and technology community for your support, including PHX DEVS{az}devs, #yesphx, ASU, UAT, and many more.

It’s a hackathon about using the Avaya and Google dialogflow resources to solve problems in Education, Healthcare, Energy / Environment, and St. Mary’s Food Bank (Phoenix based charity).

Anyone who’s interested, web dev skills will help.

To showcase the power of Avaya OneCloud CPaaS and Google’s Dialogflow, network with great people, and possibly win some of the $15k in prizes plus other goodies (excellent stickers from Github, t-shirts from Avaya, access to the Avaya welcome party and Avaya ENGAGE).

We had close to 100 registrations across in-person and remote. For in-person we bust through our estimates and had to bring in  additional tables and chairs. You can see all the pitch videos in the TADHack-mini Phoenix 2020 playlist. Covered here are the winners announced today.

The hack’s name was Goovaya, which if we had a prize category for best name would win that. The team was Vlastik Walker, John Zechlin, and David Anderson. A text-bot that folks can text if they are interested in making a difference in their community by donating or volunteering with St Mary’s Food Bank. They also built a great connector between Avaya CPaaS and Google Dialogflow. They won $4k in the St Mary’s Food Bank category.


Nick Kwiatkowski created a hack names “CEBP Enabled Remote EKG.”  A cellular-connected EKG unit that provides the ability for remote healthcare workers to help diagnose, triage and escalate patient cardiovascular problems in realtime. IoT units will alarm out a mediation server and will escalate out via Avaya Cloud to triage nurses and doctors via calls, MMS and more. He won $4k in the healthcare category.


Stephen Drew created Middle School Parent Line. Parent line to report absences, get student gpa and homework, and initiate conversation with teacher via SMS. Technologies used: Avaya CPaaS for voice and SMS, google dialogflow, MongoDB cloud, NiFi, Java/Tomcat. He won $4k in the Education category.

Stephen Drew

The MRT B-Team was Darryl Jackman and Jambu Atchison. They created a unified Voice & SMS Cloud IVR for scheduling appointments, getting office hours and location, transferring to an agent with caller data screen pop, and self serve diagnosis. Technology used: PHP, nodejs, MySQL, Google Dialogflow, Zang CPaaS. Winning a $1.5k honorable mention.

MRT B Team

Mike Cairn’s remote entry hack was called Feed The Hungry with Food Bot.  A chatbot that matched food surplus (from food waste) to food demand using Avaya CPaaS and Google Dialogflow.  The idea is to reduce food waste from businesses and individuals by publishing a food surplus.  This will reduce the amount of food waste, reduce methane in landfills, shorten transportation of food waste and provide food to the needy for free. He won $1.5k honorable mention.

And we finish on a group picture of the hardy souls that stayed until after the end when we remembered to take a group picture – doh!

Phoenix Group


Below are other excellent hacks that just missed out on a prize.

The hack ‘Health News Now’ was created by Koshin Mariano, Andrew Steinheiser, and Olu Ayandosu. A timely hack given the coronavirus is thought likely to become a pandemic. Health News Now allows you to sign up for news related to health topics in your region. You sign up and select which topics you are interested in and you will get a daily SMS message with a link to the latest news on the Health Topics you selected. Technology Used: Avaya CPaaS for SMS, Google Cloud, NextJS.

The ‘Closed-loop communication with patients’ hack was from ‘GATE6 AGILE WARRIORS’

Communication with patients visiting Radiology and other healthcare organizations is a cumbersome and manual process today. In addition, a missed appointment is an operational overhead for medical administrative staff resulting in an additional cost for every missed appointment. Timely communication with patients can reduce the overhead and deliver superior customer experience to consumers.

Gate6 Agile Warriors have solved this problem by delivering two use cases –

a) Deliver timely SMS messages to patients for appointment reminders. Gate6 has taken an existing appointment reminder product for our customers and enhanced it with SMS notification. In addition, allow patients to reschedule appointments via a closed-loop communication by calling out the patient and connecting them with admin staff.

b) AI-based Facial recognition system alerting physician and admin staff upon patient arrival. When a patient arrives for their appointment at the healthcare clinic, our artificial intelligence system recognizes the patient via webcam and notifies the contextual information about the patient (picture, arrival time, profile) to the admin staff and physician via SMS.

Technologies Used – All of our services are deployed on Google GCP cloud. Our invocations are made from our cloud services to Avaya CPaaS cloud SMS and Call APIs.

Github URL – https://github.com/gate6/sdiriskportal/tree/demo

The My Guardian hack came from Voiceflow. The project link is here.

The team ‘IRBIDS_ I read but I don’t speak’, included Marco Castro, Carlos Daza, Marlon Acosta, and Juan Pablo Morales.

They created a phone app that uses artificial intelligence to help improve the pronunciation of non-native speakers using the phone. There is a voice app that you can call at +1 916 860 1204. The app will ask you to repeat a given phrase and check how well you did it. Your score will be saved on a database and you will be able to see how it improves over time. The results are available on http://irbids.ingenian.com

The whole voice flow is made using the resources provided by Avaya and available at https://cloud.zang.io This means the phone number used, and the voice routing and the voice recording are provided by Avaya.

The information is available on https://github.com/jpmoralesingenian/irbidsapi

Arizona Food Bank Mobile from Miko Aro, Xcel Labs.

From the Avaya team we had a great Showcase on the power of their platform with Universal Translation.

St Marys Food Finder Flutter App by Allan Jackson. This Flutter application provides direct access to ST MARYs Food Bank Web site and the Arizona Food Banks Websites. Application is constructed with Google Flutter and does not use Avaya or Google Cloud resources