One of the more fascinating trends of this past year was the move to conversational computing. Instead of building complex apps, using bots over services like Facebook’s Messenger or Microsoft’s Skype can help simplify customer interactions.
In this FREE talk facilitated by Adam Tuliper, Senior Software Engineer for Microsoft, we'll explore the Bot Framework from Microsoft, a powerful and easy to use framework that can interact with your users wherever they are interacting - websites, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Office 365, SMS/text, and more.
Conversational interfaces via the Bot Framework can accept a variety of inputs from email, text, cards, buttons, voice inputs, and more. We'll live code a new bot from scratch, learning how to manage state across your user interaction. We want our bots to be smart, so we’ll also explore extending into LUIS (Language Understanding Intelligent Service) to allow for natural language input processing. Finally we'll look at training and publishing our bots.
Bots provide an essential interfaces to interact with your users. A Conversational User Interfaces (CUI) allows natural discussion between your users to not only find out information, but trigger tasks, automate systems, and more. Imagine being able to integrate with your build system, translate between 20+ languages, provide intelligent conversation for your users are capable far beyond the old 'support bots' you would find on websites. This ushers in a new way of interacting with users effectively. There are now many companies around the world that only use conversational bots to interact with their users through various platforms.
Join us for this meetup and experience the world of bots and learn how they can enhance your interactions with your users – leave understanding how to build a new bot!
About the Presenter
Adam Tuilper is a senior software engineer for Microsoft in Southern California helping others realize their technical vision across the web, gaming, cloud, mobile, and desktop platforms. Prior to that he worked as a software architect in defense, finance, pharma, manufacturing, technology, and public sector fields over a span of 20+ years. He presents nationwide at conferences such as //build & GDC, loves speaking at user groups and universities, and is a pluralsight.com author and an MSDN Magazine author. Catch him on twitter @AdamTuliper