SpeechCoach.ai presented at TechCrunch Disrupt 2017. Image via TechCrunch.

AI Hackathon App Developed to Improve Public Speaking

TechCrunch’s flagship Disrupt conference & hackathon will undoubtedly be bringing exciting and –hopefully, if the content lives up to the name– revolutionary announcements into the news this week. But any public event such as Disrupt can present a terrifying obstacle to panelists and presenters uncomfortable with public speaking, an obstacle prompting the development of an app that will help address that very problem. Read more from TechCrunch about the possibility of an AI-based public speaking coach debuted this week at Disrupt:

Public speaking can be terrifying. Before every TechCrunch Disrupt, moderators are required to go through mandatory speaker training to ensure we’re not flaming disasters on stage. Our bosses bring in a real-life human to train us and point out how often we use filler words or simply don’t make any sense at all.

SpeechCoach.ai, a project that came out of Disrupt SF 2017’s hackathon, takes a different approach by removing the need for a human-being, and instead using an artificial intelligence-powered platform. It listens to you speak, compares your speeches to pros like President Barack Obama and then gives you immediate feedback.

“Public speaking is one of the biggest challenges for engineers,” Chirag Mahapatra, co-creator of the project and engineer at Airbnb, said. “Most of us don’t have access to speech coaches or people to help us get better at public speaking.”

SpeechCoach.Ai takes into account your speaking pace, the number of filler words you used, sentiment analysis and grammatical mistakes. It then compares your speaking style to Obama, William Taft and Nelson Mandela.

“We kind of have aways wanted this but never had the time to do it,” Mahapatra told me. “This was a great platform to do it.”

Read More: SpeechCoach.ai helps you step up your public speaking game