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Bot Summit 2014

Darius Kazemi

Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Boston Location
Choose this ticket if you can make it to Boston on the date of the event. It'll be rad, I promise. Also, the more people who show up in person, the fewer a/v channels we need, which means less chance of awful technical problems. Being at the event means you get to chime in on discussions, and feel free to pitch me a short (5-15 minute) talk if you like!
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Livestream: I'm Gonna Talk a Lot
Choose this ticket if you are BURSTING with things to say about bots. Since we have a limited number of audio/video streams available, I'm going to need to take a brief pitch from you for a 5 to 15 minute talk. If you end up speaking you will be a talking head on the Google Hangout, so I'd want you to have a webcam set up. You're essentially helping provide the main content for the summit, and I'm going to expect you to participate actively.
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Livestream: I'm More Here to Listen
Choose this ticket if you are NOT EXACTLY BURSTING with things to say about bots. You'll be able to watch the stream, and to participate via a text-only IRC channel, and someone will be watching the IRC channel and letting us know if there are questions/comments. But this is more of a "casual participation" type of thing.
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Event Details

So. We're doing Bot Summit again. It's taking roughly the same form as last year: a simultaneous in-person and internet event. The Summit itself is planned for Saturday Nov 8th, 5pm to 9pm Eastern US time (so 9am-1pm Sydney time the next morning). This year we're also running a Wordnik Hackathon (see below) from Friday to Sunday that weekend. Anyone can participate in the summit or the hackathon remotely, but I encourage people to show up to the Boston (okay, Cambridge) event so we can hang out all weekend.

The Summit

The in-person Bot Summit is hosted at the MIT Media Lab (thanks to Greg Borenstein for setting that up). We'll be livestreaming the Summit via a Google Hangout On Air, and we'll have remote participants calling in to the Hangout to participate as well. If you want to get an idea of what this looks like, here's the recording of last year's event

Who is speaking?

Unlike last year, I have invited some folks to speak already. I'm favoring people who I haven't really seen present on this stuff, and specifically people who last year weren't even on the "scene", so to speak. I will announce them soon, once I've confirmed with them.

We still do have some slots open so if you would like to speak (either in person or on the Hangout), please select the appropriate ticket and let me know in the questionnaire what you would like to discuss. I'll let you know if you'll get a spot to speak or not.

How do I register?

I'm offering three kinds of (free) tickets you can register for:
  • Livestream where you participate with full A/V (limited availability)
  • Livestream where you watch A/V and participate via a chat room
  • Boston Site - please try to come here if it's feasible!

What are we going to talk about? 

Like last year, I see us spending roughly equal time on the two major buckets of bot-building:

  • The content generation piece (algorithms, corpuses, strategies, etc)
  • The context stuff (internet-as-medium, social interactions, authorship and responsibility, etc)

These are things we are NOT going to talk about:

  • "What is a bot?" type of boundary setting. That's boring.
  • Programming language-specific discussion. I mean, yes, if there's a great library that's only implemented in one language, that's okay. But this is not a space for "my language is better than yours" type of discussion, or deeply specific "here's how to use Promises is NodeJS to make better bots" type of stuff.

Friday to Sunday: Wordnik Hackathon!

We're also sponsored by the Wordnik API (made by the fine folks at Reverb), which does the linguistic heavy lifting for a ton of incredible bots. This sponsorship makes it possible for me to provide snacks and refreshments for the in-person event, as well as to fly out a few people I've invited to participate this year.

That said, we will be doing a Wordnik Hackathon the whole weekend of Bot Summit! They're rolling out some new stuff in their API for us to play with, and November also happens to coincide with NaNoGenMo, so, uh, I think you all know what to do. So, make some cool stuff with Wordnik that weekend! We'll have a place to submit it and on Sunday night we'll collect everything and I'll publish a little website showing off all the stuff we made. 

Here's where to enter the hackathon: http://tinysubversions.com/stuff/wordnik-hackathon/

Have questions about Bot Summit 2014? Contact Darius Kazemi

When & Where


MIT Media Lab Room 244 / The Internet
Ames St & Amherst St
Cambridge, MA 02139

Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)


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