• A Deep Dive on Natural Language using Microsoft LUIS

    Microsoft Reactor Space

    Hi Bot Devs, When building a conversational software experience, one of the most important components involves NLU (natural language understanding). A great NLU service can make a huge difference in the overall conversation flow between the bot and its users. So designing, implementing and improving the language model is key. And with so many prominent tech platforms offering tools, its important to have a good understanding of their individual capabilities. As part of our long running series on Natural Language Understanding and the tools available to bring your bot to life, we are excited to have Matt Dotson of Microsoft LUIS (https://www.luis.ai/home/index) present on April 20th. Matt will give a hands-on demo for creating and editing a current model and discuss the many capabilities of Microsoft LUIS. And as usual participate in our lively attendee Q&A session. Agenda: 6-6:30pm Food and networking 6:30-7:30 • LUIS Overview • Live demo of building a language model using LUIS LUIS Roadmap • Q&A Moderator: Chike Agbai from azumo.co (http://www.azumo.co/) Speaker: Matt Dotson, Principal Evangelist from http://microsoft.com 7:30-8pm More food and networking We will hold this event at Microsoft Reactor (http://microsoftreactor.com/), 680 Folsom Street #145, San Francisco, CA, on Thursday April 20th at 6pm. Thanks to Microsoft for providing the space! Stay calm and build a bot! Best, Chike

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  • Chatbot NLU with IBM Watson Conversation Service

    Orange Silicon Valley

    Hello Bot Devs, When creating software conversational experiences, one of the most important components of the product involves NLU (natural language understanding). A great NLU component can mark a difference in the overall conversation flow between bots and users. Designing, implementing and improving the language model is key. Several tools exist out there that can help achieve this but one stands out given the research prowess behind it: the Conversation Service (https://www.ibm.com/watson/developercloud/conversation.html) inside the IBM Watson offering. We are lucky to have IBM Watson's Conversation Service Product Manager, Mitch Mason, to walk us through the best use cases and tips on implementing language models in Watson, and integrating those with your conversational product. Agenda: 6-6:30pm Food and networking 6:30-7:30 IBM Watson Conversation Service use cases, implementation and Q&A Moderator: Chike Agbai from azumo.co (http://www.azumo.co) Speaker: Mitch Mason from ibm.com (https://www.ibm.com/watson/) 7:30-8pm More food and networking We will hold this event at Orange Silicon Valley (http://www.orangesv.com/), 60 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA, on Thursday March 23rd at 6pm. Thanks Orange for the space! Stay calm and build a chatbot! Andrew and Chike

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  • Creating, Distributing and Analyzing Conversational Experiences with API.AI

    Please use this Eventbrite link to register beforehand and speed up your entry: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-distributing-and-analyzing-conversational-experiences-with-apiai-tickets-32367679601?aff=partner Hello Bot Devs, From web to mobile to natural language interfaces, tools emerge that allow companies to create chatbots and voicebots that interact with users. These tools make it simple to create experiences, integrate and distribute to different messaging platforms, and later improve and analyze the end product. API.AI (http://www.api.ai), recently acquired by Google, is a great example of such a tool, focused on NLU capabilities. We will have Ilya Gelfenbeyn (former Co-Founder and CEO) and now Product Manager of API.AI present the company's products, the tool's capabilities, demo how to create an experience and integrate/distribute to messaging channels (including the recent integration with Google Home!). Agenda: 6-6:30pm Food and networking 6:30-7:30 Creating conversational experiences with API.AI, presentation and Q&A Moderator: Andrew Burgert from azumo.co (http://www.azumo.co) Presenter: Ilya Gelfenbeyn from api.ai (http://www.api.ai) 7:30-8 More food and networking We will hold the event on Monday 2/27 at 6pm at Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco. Thanks Galvanize for the support! Events coming up: Pls check out the Bot Spotlight Demo Day (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bot-spotlight-demo-day-by-botanalytics-tickets-31928922266?aff=erelexpmlt) coming up on Thursday February 16 in San Francisco. Also, the Humanity.ai (http://www.humanity.ai/) conference is happening on Tuesday February 28 in San Francisco. Pls use code CHATBOT for 20% off the registration fee. We have AI By The Bay (https://ai.bythebay.io/), part of the select By The Bay conference series, happening in San Francisco on March 6-8. Promises to be a good one! Use CHATBOTS20 for 20% off. Stay dry and build a bot! Cheers, Andrew

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  • Building Bots: Perspective from the Developer and the Customer

    * To save time at the check-in table please register in advance via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-bots-perspective-from-both-the-developer-and-the-customer-tickets-31108708986?aff=partner) * ------ Happy New Year Bot Friends, As we evolve in our understanding for how to build bots, we wanted to turn to one of the true experts in the field and learn from him on how to create functional commercially worthy bots, rapidly. We’re excited to host Tony Lucas founder of Converse. Tony will run through the build of an conversational experience and demonstrate their solution which doesn't require coding (or much at least). If you are Bot Curious or a Bot Believer this is a great chance to hear from one of the thought leaders. We’ll also have a customer perspective and panel discussion to go through their thought process on why they built their bot and chose a dialog management system to get the job done. If you are building a bot for customer support, commerce, brand advocacy or something else, you should leave this event with a clear understanding on how to get started on your conversational software journey. We will have time for Q&A, so please come with questions. Agenda 6pm: Food and networking 6:30pm: Perspective from the Developer and the Customer Moderator: Andrew Burgert from azumo.co (http://www.azumo.co) Converse: Tony Lucas from converse.ai (http://www.converse.ai) Customer Discussion More to come... 7:30pm More food and networking We are holding this event at Galvanize (http://www.galvanize.com/), 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA. Thanks Galvanize for the space! To save time at the check-in table please register in advance via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-bots-perspective-from-both-the-developer-and-the-customer-tickets-31108708986?aff=partner). Remember you can also access a 20% discount to your registration to RE-WORK's Virtual Assistant Summit (https://www.re-work.co/events/virtual-assistant-summit-san-francisco-2017) taking place in San Francisco on January 26-27, 2017 using the code MEETUP20. In addition, we will raffle a free ticket to attend the Humanity.ai conference (http://www.humanity.ai/) taking place in San Francisco on February 28, 2017. Come ready to tweet and claim your free spot! You can also access a 20% discount in your registration using the discount code CHATBOT. Another great conference this year, in March, called AI By The Bay (http://ai.bythebay.io/) (sister conference of Data By The Bay) here in San Francisco, where you can take a 20% discount in the registration by using code CHATBOTS20. As always, stay calm and build a chatbot. See you soon!

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  • Deep Dive on IBM Watson Conversation Service Use Cases & APIs

    Different platforms have emerged for conversational use case creation and development. IBM Watson is a key offering for conversational agent development, and with the recent improvement from NLC and Dialog APIs to the Watson Conversation Service it is worth a strong revisit with the purpose of understanding the current capabilities of this unified service running on Bluemix. Josh Zheng from IBM will do a deep dive on the overall Bluemix environment, the different Watson capabilities, and focus on the Watson Conversation service, both from a business and use case perspective, and later from a code, technical and demo standpoint. We will review capabilities, where the service can be used, ways to implement, and run through an example of ramping up a conversational agent with Watson. Agenda: 6pm Food and networking 6:30pm Intro and moderator: Andrew Burgert from azumo.co (http://www.azumo.co) Presentation and demo: Josh Zheng from ibm.com (http://www.ibm.com/watson/) 7:30 More food and networking This event will take place on Tuesday December 6th, at 6pm at Galvanize on 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA. We want to thank Galvanize (http://www.galvanize.com) for the space and food and the SF Data Science meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/SF-Data-Science/) for co-organizing the event! Remember you can also access a 20% discount to your registration to RE-WORK's Virtual Assistant Summit (https://www.re-work.co/events/virtual-assistant-summit-san-francisco-2017) taking place in San Francisco on January 26-27, 2017 using the code MEETUP20. We will update the Eventbrite registration link for this event once we have it. You will also be able to register at the door at Galvanize. Stay calm and build a chatbot... Cheers, Andrew

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  • Challenges and Insights in Building Functional Bots

    Hi bot enthusiasts, As we continue to learn to build engaging chatbots, we want to turn our attention to the current challenges and opportunities in creating functional bots. We will run through the starting points in building a conversational experience, including tools and solutions that don't require coding, development frameworks, dialog management systems, conversational flows and UX, product/market fit for chatbots, analytics, usage and trend predictions. You should end up clearly knowing where to start as you build your conversational software experience and how to accelerate learnings and ship new features. As always, Q&A is an important component of our events so please come prepared with questions to interact with panelists and other participants. Agenda 6pm: Food and networking 6:30pm: Challenges and Insights in Building Functional Bots Moderator: Andrew Burgert from azumo.co (http://www.azumo.co) Panelists: Lauren Kunze from pandorabots.com Ilker Koksal from botanalytics.co Andrew Yaroshevsky from chatfuel.com Tony Lucas from converse.ai (http://www.converse.ai) More to come... 7:30pm More food and networking We are holding this event at T-Jump on 625 Market Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA. See you soon! Stay calm and build a chatbot... Cheers, Andrew

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  • Bebo Intro + Messaging and Chatbot Software Q&A Roundtable

    Veranstaltungsort für Mitglieder sichtbar

    As more chatbot executives, product managers, developers and investors participate in the events we host, we thought it would be great to meet and share knowledge among all of us participating on the growing conversational software opportunity! For this event, we are happy to have Furqan Rydhan of Bebo present their recently released messaging platform. We will then have Sarah Guo of Greylock and Ben Wilson from Pacific Crest provide their venture and institutional investor perspective on what we get so excited about every day - chatbots and messaging. Come with questions as we will have a good panel discussion and Q&A with our guests following their presentations. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and hear what is working and what is not in the Messaging and Chatbot landscape. Agenda 6:00pm - Food and networking 6:30pm - Introduction to the new Bebo platform Furqan Rydhan - CTO at Bebo (https://bebo.com/) Followed by presentations from: Sarah Guo (https://www.greylock.com/team/#sarah-guo) - Investor at Greylock Partners (https://www.greylock.com/) Ben Wilson - Emerging Tech Analyst at Pacific Crest Securities 7:15pm - Messaging and Chatbot Software Q&A Roundtable Discussion, Moderated by Andrew Burgert of Azumo (http://www.azumo.co) 7:30pm - More food and networking We want to thank the folks at The Monkey Inferno (https://www.monkeyinferno.com/) for sharing the space for the event! Please share your questions or topics of interest here (https://docs.google.com/a/azumo.co/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSNzCwbpCYeb8mjtQWK7tTSVFhaxb4yN7GVNoTNf2pXOrjLA/viewform). Also come prepared to share your experiences and the decisions you are making as you build your chatbot. IBM Watson Developer Conference (http://www.ibm.com/watson/developer-conference/) is coming November 9-10 to San Francisco. You can get 15% off the registration fee using the discount code GOWATSON. Check it out! Thanks for your continued participation. It is exciting to be part of such a dynamic industry! Keep calm and build a chatbot... Andrew and Chike

  • Bot Demo Night

    Orange Silicon Valley

    There is much to learn from other chatbot products and the multiple approaches that organizations have when developing their bot initiatives. The more we get exposed to different chatbot products the more we all learn what works and what can continue to be improved. Platform decisions, features implemented and other areas are key in the process of designing and launching a conversational product. For this we will hold a Bot Demo Night on Thursday October 6th at Orange Silicon Valley (http://orangesv.com) (60 Spear Street, San Francisco) to see how different companies are implementing their conversational applications. We will discuss the features they have selected to implement, tools they are using to develop, stack utilized and decisions they've had to make along the way. We will also leave room for audience questions to our presenters during the 5-10 minute demo per company. Agenda: 6pm Food and networking 6:30pm Bot Demo Night starts Moderator: Andrew Burgert from azumo.co (http://www.azumo.co) Presenters: Charles Jolley from ozlo.com (https://www.ozlo.com/) Thomas Smyth from asktrim.com (http://www.asktrim.com/) Max Child from m.me/streaktriviabot (https://www.messenger.com/t/streaktriviabot/) Shane Mac from assi.st (http://www.assi.st/) Gary Fowler from findo.com (https://findo.com/) Justin Vandehey from growbot.io (https://www.growbot.io/) Jagadish Nomula from voicemonk.com (http://voicemonk.com/) Nandan Savant from m.me/hangmanchatbot (https://www.messenger.com/t/hangmanchatbot) Stefan Behrens from gyant.com (http://www.gyant.com/) Angik Sarkar from thewaylo.com (http://thewaylo.com/) 7:30pm More food and networking We want to thank our friends at Orange (http://orangesv.com) for offering their beautiful office space for this event and O'Reilly (https://www.oreilly.com/topics/ai) for the food! O'Reilly Bot Day is coming up on October 19 and you can get 20% off using this discount code UGBAYBOT. We will raffle a free ticket to attend the IBM Watson Developer Conference (http://www.ibm.com/watson/developer-conference/) that will take place on November 9-10 in San Francisco. You can also use the code GOWATSON for 15% off the registration fee. If you want to present your bot pls get in touch with Andrew to get added to the list. We will look to have a maximum of 10-12 companies presenting their bots. Stay calm and build a chatbot... Cheers, Andrew

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  • Bot Analytics: Data, Metrics and Decisions

    Galvanize

    Bot devs, Hope the summer was great and we are all geared up to continue pushing bots out the door! Seems a good time to discuss the data we can generate with our bots and the decisions we can make to improve performance, engagement, etc. We will jump into concepts like users, activity, events, funnels, cohorts, and others. We will see tool demos, and watch examples of how companies are using these tools to track activity and make decisions. Leaving time for audience questions will also be key, so please come prepared to ask, share your experience and request features to our panelists! Agenda: 6pm: Food and networking 6:30pm: Bot Analytics panel and Q&A Moderator: Andrew Burgert from http://www.azumo.co Panelists: Ilker Koksal from http://www.botanalytics.co Arte Merritt from http://www.dashbot.io Arun Thampi from http://www.getbotmetrics.com More to come... 7:30pm: More food and networking We are holding this event at Galvanize (thanks!). Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sf-data-science-bot-analytics-data-metrics-and-decisions-tickets-27263250115 Keep calm and build a chatbot! Cheers, Andrew PS: We will give out a free pass to O'Reilly's Bot Day conference for October 19th, 2016 in San Francisco! Thanks O'Reilly! http://conferences.oreilly.com/artificial-intelligence/bot-ca

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  • Chatbots & Intelligent Agents - What Is the Future of the Customer?

    Chatbots are here. From Facebook to Slack and from Microsoft to WeChat, everyone is salivating about this potential shift in how businesses serve their customers with these “smart” agents. The platforms and Artificial Intelligence technologies have emerged and are ramping up to support an abundance of use cases. KLM already sends your flight notifications to Facebook Messenger. You can file your expenses in a Slack conversation with human-like robots and even purchase clothes on WeChat thanks to AI-powered recommendations. There is more on the way. What about your business? How will they impact you? Whether you are a member of the Fortune 500 or a small business, chatbots are a new way of interacting with your customers. While they might represent a shift in how you manage your organization, how will they also move the needle on your bottom line? Or are they just another incremental technology? Also, if you are a startup that seeks to introduce your technology to large stakeholders, what do you need to do to convince the decision makers? We invite you to join us at Orange Silicon Valley for an insightful panel exploring these questions. Registration is on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chatbots-how-will-they-impact-your-business-tickets-26230715777 Agenda: 6:00pm Check-in and networking 6:30pm Keynote speaker: Orange Executive - TBA 6:45pm Fireside chat: Guillaume Cabrere, CEO, AXA Lab (https://twitter.com/AXALab) & Global Head of Digital Partnerships at AXA, and Ellen Huet, Reporter, Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/authors/ASmGayS_jTQ/ellen-huet) 7:00pm Panel - Chatbots & Intelligent Agents - What Is the Future of the Customer? 8:00pm More networking, food and cocktails Speakers include: Chris Messina, Developer Experience Lead, Uber (https://www.uber.com/) Stephanie Hay, Head of Content Strategy, Capital One (https://www.capitalone.com/) Ron Palmeri, CEO, Layer (https://layer.com) Russ Wallace, Head of Business Development, MindMeld (https://www.mindmeld.com) Adam Goldstein, CEO & Co-founder, Hipmunk (https://www.hipmunk.com) Moderator: Ken Yeung, Reporter, VentureBeat (http://venturebeat.com/author/kenyeung/) Supporting organizations: Azumo (http://www.azumo.co) and Bay Area Bot, Chat and Conversational App Developers About Orange Silicon Valley (http://orangesv.com/) (www.orangesv.com): Orange Silicon Valley (OSV) is the Bay Area division of Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, serving 263 million customers across 30 countries. Through research, development, and strategic analysis, OSV actively participates in the disruptive innovations that are changing the way we communicate. OSV contributes to and engages with the regional Silicon Valley ecosystem through numerous programs, such as the Orange Fab startup accelerator, ChainForce, GigaStudio, and ongoing collaborations with OSV partners. From the edge to the core, OSV thrives on collaboration, working closely with Silicon Valley & San Francisco to foster innovation and seek out disruption. In an accelerating present, OSV anticipates that the future is closer than we think. OSV acts as guides to the digital revolution occurring in the San Francisco Bay Area, regularly hosting startups, businesses, and corporate leadership from around the world. Please note registration is on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chatbots-how-will-they-impact-your-business-tickets-26230715777

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