July 12, 2017

Lively chatbots: Best Practices

More and more chatbots are being developed and there are good reasons for it. Not all chatbot projects succeed. Often, missing user acceptance is stated. The dialog system might not have hit the nerve, might not have fitted into the target environment. Would you talk with a friend who does not remember your name is repeating the same five phrases over and over again? I would not. So what can be done to make chatbots more lively, more human-like? Here are some best practices and ideas on how to implement them.

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May 12, 2017

Lessons and Tips from a Chatbot Hackathon

Recently, I was a coach at a hackathon in Germany. Students were tasked to build solutions for a given topic and the solution had to include a chatbot based on the IBM Watson Conversation service. It was impressive how broad the solutions were, what other services were integrated with a chatbot and how easy it was to build a solution using IBM Bluemix. Here are some lesson learned and resources to get you started with your own chatbot

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September 6, 2016

IBM Bluemix @ Barclays Rise Hackathon

IBM is proud to be a technology partner for the Barclays Rise Hackathon – Episode II: The Bank Awakens. With three exciting challenges set, we invite you to use our Cloud Development Platform, IBM Bluemix, to start building your apps!

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July 4, 2016

Bluemix @ Mark III Systems Dev Day in Houston!

Come join IBM Bluemix for a Dev Day in Houston this July!

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May 19, 2016

IBM launches first Bluemix Pop Up Shop in London

IBM is launching their first ever pop-up shop in London’s Silicon roundabout on 6-10th June. This latest creative venture from IBM, following their very popular Cognitive Studio at SXSW 2016, is nothing to do with their ‘hardware business’ and all to do with bringing their Platform as a Service offering, Bluemix, to the forefront.

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March 15, 2016

hack.summit “mood ring” demo

hack.summit was a virtual event spanning Feb. 22nd – 24th 2016 featuring programming language creators, open-source contributors and thought leaders. As part of my talk, I built a demo to showcase the ideas I was discussing with Microservices. My hack.summit “mood ring” demo, built on IBM Bluemix, used Docker containers and services to display a real-time dashboard of the “tone” of the summit based on the Twitter hashtag #hacksummit.

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March 14, 2016

WelcomeBot – Intelligent Receptionist Robot using Watson cognitive services

This past weekend I was mentoring at a hackathon in Prague focused on the Internet of Things. The project of the winners used an older version of a robot called RoboMe that was controlled via the microphone jack through a mobile phone. Even using an old model, the team managed to integrate Watson Text To Speech, Speech To Text and Dialog service together into a working product using IBM Bluemix Cloud and Watson capabilities in just three days!

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February 19, 2016

Football’s Information Quarterback Powered by Watson

Don’t understand a thing about football, and want to cheer (correctly) with the crowd? No problem! Finally an app for newbies is on the horizon called Nubee. Winning the recent Girls in Tech’s Super Football App Challenge presented by ESPNw, the creators utilized IBM Watson to power a slick iOS app. Nubee helps you understand what is going on in a football game, so you never are left out of the game again.

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February 17, 2016

Treehacks: A Hacker’s Valentine

This past Valentine’s weekend, 400 students gathered at Stanford University for 36 hours of pure innovation and hacking. Armed with endless snacks and caffeine, hackers quickly found a place to camp out and turn their ideas into reality.

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