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Social Tech At Goodnik Demo Day

 

Goodnik is an organization that supports social entrepreneurship by offering workshops, online resources and professional referrals, among other things. On Tuesday I was one of five presenters at Goodnik Demo Day, a showcase for existing businesses and side projects. Other presentations include an IoT platform for climate change, a non-profit travel booking website and a crowd-funding meets food drives initiative. My presentation starts at 4:30 in the above video and I am featured again in the Q&A at the end.

My presentation was a demo of a prototype iPhone app that I have been working on as a side project since last year. The currently unnamed educational app generates a reading list of Wikipedia articles based on any subject. The app keeps track of which articles have been read, has text-to-voice support and can even be controlled the same way as a music playlist. Finally, the app generates test questions based on these same articles. The goal of this project is to facilitate learning via smart algorithms, ease of use and a bit of gamification. I hope to finish the app and release it in the app store at some point but it will probably be quite a while because of my other duties. If you are interested in getting involved with the project feel free to get in touch.

Wikipedia Article Search iPhone App

Wikipedia Article Search is a new repository I have added to my GitHub account. This iPhone app searches Wikipedia for relevant articles and then displays those articles upon user selection. The app consists of two screens: one with a search box and table view to show results and then next to show the article’s webpage upon selecting it from the table view.

This app use the Wikipedia API to perform article searches. In future versions I hope to include logic to query DBPedia and Freebase to show how you can use these databases to get additional data about an article. I may also convert the NSURLRequest and NSXMLParser logic into RestKit or AFNetworking code. For now, it’s a nice simple app to get any developer started working with Wikipedia in iOS.

Here is a look:

Wikipedia Article Search iPhone App1

 

Wikipedia Article Search iPhone App2