Ellie Birbeck

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A Twitter bot for the environment

Feb 2017


In a 24-hour hackathon, my team and I built a Twitter bot (no longer live) which calculates the carbon footprint of a meal from a tweet.

The bot identified the meal of tweeted photos with a model developed using TensorFlow, and regular tweets were parsed using the Python Natural Language Toolkit. A range of databases with different food and transportation sources and costs allowed the ingredients of the meal to be determined and the carbon footprint calculated. This information was displayed on an interactive map and returned to the user via an automated reply system.

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