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‘Doctor Pooch’ now available for Cats!

A new version of our popular Alexa skill – Doctor Pooch – got approved by Amazon today. Cat owners have been asking us for some time to extend Doctor Pooch for cats. We are elated to announce that with this version we have precisely done so. Just like for dogs, Doctor Pooch can now answer if it is safe to feed your cats certain foods. Simply enable the Doctor Pooch skill on your Amazon Alexa device and talk to it every time you have a question around food safety. For example, to find if its safe to feed bananas to cats, simply say – Alexa, ask Doctor Pooch if cats can have bananas?.

Currently, this feature is available only on Doctor Pooch Amazon Alexa Skill. However, we do plan on extending it to Doctor Pooch Google Home Assistant Action shortly.

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Dilli Labs wins at DeveloperWeek 2019 Hackathon

Dilli Labs team competed with 150 other teams to be among winners at the DeveloperWeek 2019 hackathon held on February 24, 2019 in San Francisco.

The winning entry Instant Conference – involved an interesting integration between Amazon Alexa, Agora.io RTC APIs and a Google Cloud hosted Contact Management and Notification service – InstantAlert.io. “The idea was inspired by a personal use case”, says Piyush – founder of Dilli Labs and the winning team member. He added – “I often need to schedule instant meetings with my team and want the invitees to be notified immediately with meeting details. However, the conventional way takes multiple steps such as logging into the service, initiating a meeting, adding meeting attendees, etc. It would be super nice if we can simply use voice assistants to automate mundane aspects of initiating such a conference. Thats exactly what we did!”.

The solution created was an Alexa skill named ‘My Team’. “Simply enable ‘My Team’ skill on Alexa, register and add contacts at InstantAlert.io and say – Alexa, ask ‘My Team’ to join the conference. Instantly, the team members get email notifications with a link to join the conference. Clicking the link places them in an audio/video enabled web conference and Viola! they are all able to talk!”, explains Puja – Chief Customer Success Officer at Dilli Labs and winning team member.

Winning Announcement at DeveloperWeek 2019 Hackathon
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Nevada City Selects Piyush Hari’s Dilli Labs to Develop a Virtual Assistant for Residents

India West – the largest and most prestigious among weekly Indian newspapers on the West Coast of U.S. – has featured Dilli Labs and its founder Piyush Hari on its recent selection by City of Henderson, Nevada to write their voice assistants.

Dilli Labs featured in 'India West' Feb 2019 edition

Read the full article in the online edition of India West featuring Dilli Labs here.

Dilli Labs accepted to Google Cloud for Startups program

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Google has accepted us in their coveted Google Cloud for Startups program. We look forward to exploring and using Google Cloud services to secure and scale the products we are incubating here at Dilli Labs. Thank you Google!

About Google Cloud for Startups : The Google Cloud for Startups program is designed for early-stage startups to take advantage of community events, training, and Cloud credits as they build and scale the business.

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City of Henderson selects Dilli Labs to develop Amazon Alexa Voice Assistants

San Francisco, CA: Today, DILLI LABS announced that it has been selected by City of Henderson, Nevada, USA through a competitive process to participate in its 2019 Startup in Residence (STIR) program. Nearly 700 startups competed for a chance to work with 22 governments for the opportunity to secure a contract. The selected startups will volunteer their time with government agencies over 16-weeks to tackle civic challenges with new technology tools and services with an objective to enter into a contract with the government agency at the end of the residency.

San Francisco based DILLI LABS will work with City of Henderson to enable city residents to have a voice interface to city services.

“We are excited to join hands with City of Henderson and help them ride the wave of voice assistants to better the lives of their residents.” said Piyush Hari, Principal at DILLI LABS. He added, “Using an intelligent voice assistant based on Amazon Alexa to connect to city services will be very natural and convenient compared to the conventional ways using web, mobile or telephony. The day is not far when all of the cities will deploy voice assistants that will serve as the primary channel for their residents to interact with city services.”

DILLI LABS wrote their first voice assistant back in 2016 with the launch of Doctor Pooch – an Alexa skill that one can talk to in order to find if its safe to feed dogs certain foods – a common use case among dog owners. With about 50,000+ unique customers since launch, being featured numerous times, and providing a continuous revenue stream, the success of Doctor Pooch speaks volumes about the power of voice assistants. Since then, the company has written over 10 Alexa skills and 1 Google Assistant Action. One of the other interesting skill – DILLI FORMS – allows users to request popular forms like W-9 and Freedom of Information Act delivered straight to one’s email inbox by simply asking for it.“In the context of cities, imagine residents asking for the Park Reservation Form and getting it delivered straight to their inbox pre-filled with their name, phone, email and address! It seems like magic, it really is.”, said Piyush.

As featured in Crunchbase – STIR Challenges 40 New Startups To Collaborate With Governments.

STIR is now in 22 governments across the US and Canada and has worked with nearly 100 startups. The national STIR program is supported by City Innovate.

“The Startup in Residence program is a model for civic innovation and national collaboration,” said Jay Nath, former Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco and Executive Director for City Innovate. “This program is a unique opportunity for government agencies and startups to think creatively about how we can all work together to modernize government to benefit residents.”

Past projects in other communities have included working on issues such as streamlining the foster care application process, smart sensors on trash cans, homeless health services, volunteer engagement tools, and developing tools to assess the damage in the aftermath of an emergency like an earthquake or flooding. The program also offers education for government and startup staff in areas including design thinking, lean methodologies, procurement, civic technology trends, and new methods of product development and procurement.

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About DILLI LABS: Dilli Labs is a premium technology consulting firm based out of San Francisco, California specializing in development of voice assistants. To learn more about Dilli Labs visit: https://www.dillilabs.com

About STIR: Startup in Residence (STIR) connects startups with government agencies to develop technology products that solve real civic challenges through a 16-week program. See all the 2019 STIR team partnerships here. To learn more about Startup in Residence visit: https://startupinresidence.org.

Dilli Email Validator (DEV) version 1.2.2.0 released!

WordPress 5.0 is out. We are excited to report that a new version (1.2.2.0) of Dilli Email Validator (DEV) WordPress plugin has now been released and is certified to work with WordPress 5.0.

Dilli Email Validator adds advanced email validation capabilities to your email address form field. Prevent incorrect and mis-typed email addresses in forms on your wordpress website with this plugin. Watch the video below to learn more:

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Dilli Email Validation API (DEVA) now detects email domains belonging to adult sites

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Dilli Email Validation API (DEVA) now supports an optional check to mark email addresses as invalid if their domain points to a site containing sexually explicit content. This feature is currently in beta and is available immediately to existing and new users. However, it is turned off by default. If you are an existing user and will like to enable this check on your account, please reach out to us.

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