NYC's MIRA, Mobile Immigrant Resource AI

Created by Norma Padrón.

I'm a Scientist in New York, NY. I work at Thomas Jefferson University. Previously, I've worked at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, The New York Academy of Medicine. I earned a Ph.D from Yale University.

Project Description

We are creating a mobile app that will provide quick access to information on housing, legal support, food and healthcare resources using open data and artificial intelligence to New Yorkers.

Our focus is to aggregate available open data on the resources that vulnerable populations such as immigrant or refugees and their families may need and make that data information easily and quickly accessible via our AI bot, MIRA, (Mobile Immigrant Resource AI).

New York City stands firmly behind immigrant protections. In recent weeks, there have been instances of confusion and fear particularly among our immigrant and refugee communities. We believe that quick access to data and information on fundamental resources such as: food, shelter, legal counseling and healthcare is of outmost importance.

New York City through its efforts on Open data, connectivity and technology has a long history and record of finding data and tech solutions to the issues that New Yorkers face. More recently, with LinkNYC access to internet by all is easier than ever in our city. Our mobile app will use artificial intelligence and NYC open data to address information and data needs of our immigrant and refugee communities anytime, anywhere in a fast, reliable and accessible way.

We need help with the design of icons for our app, and for the campaign to let New Yorkers know that this solution exist.
We also need help with cleaning and aggregating datasets on nonprofits, probono legal clinics, shelters and other services that may assist our refugee and immigrant communities as well as their families in moments of distress.

Project Goals

  • Release design of the mobile app for community feedback

  • Release a working prototype of the mobile app that uses open data and, artificial intelligence

  • Test our mobile app and improve MIRAs translation capability

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