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State of Illinois Hackathon

State of Illinois, InnovateSpringfield and Microsoft

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM (CST)

State of Illinois Hackathon

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Individual Attendee Nov 19, 2017 Free  

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Do you have ideas how to use technology to solve problems facing government? Do you like to collaborate with others to solve problems? Do you want to learn how to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve real challenges? We are seeking data-enthusiasts of all skill levels to join us to showcase your ideas!


We invite you to participate in the first-ever hackathon that will focus on conversational interfaces including messaging bots and voice-interactive technology. This is an opportunity for a hands-on experience to build engaging bots with the brightest in the community!


Please join us for a free hackathon on Tuesday, November 8th and 9th at the TBD Hotel, Springfield, IL 62703.  This event is sponsored by the State of Illinois, Innovate Springfield and Microsoft.  There is no cost to attend this event. 


If you are interested in prototyping a solution that helps your organization and provides hands-on experience, sign up today.


Note:  Please bring a laptop!  


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

8:30 am          State of Illinois Welcome and Introductions

9:00 am          Microsoft Azure & Hackathon Overview

9:30 am          Getting Past Lift and Shift - PaaS on Azure

10:30 pm        Bot Framework and Cognitive Services in Azure

11:30 pm        Data Analytics in Azure

12:30 pm        Lunch

1:30 pm          Hackathon Kickoff – Review Challenges

2:00 pm          Hackathon Begins

5:00pm           Wrap Up Day 1


Thursday, November 9, 2017

8:00 am          Hackathon continues

12:00 pm        Lunch

1:00 pm          Hackathon continues

2:30 pm          Hackathon Final Presentations

4:30 pm          Hackathon Awards

5:00 pm          Hackathon Ends



How a Chatbot Hackathon works:  


If you have an idea that you want to prototype with a chatbot, be sure to sign up to participate!  Here are some ideas of how chatbots can be used as an anytime, anywhere resource to understand how to do business with the State:


  • How do I renew my driver’s license…
  • How do I file for unemployment benefits in Illinois…
  • I would like to visit Lincolns home tell me more…
  • I need to talk to the state about creating a new LLC business…
  • I have to pay overdue tolls for the Illinois tollway what do I do…


 Here is an example of what the City of Los Angeles created from their hackathon:





Have questions about State of Illinois Hackathon? Contact State of Illinois, InnovateSpringfield and Microsoft

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Wyndham Hotel
700 E Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM (CST)

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State of Illinois, InnovateSpringfield and Microsoft

Innovate Springfield is a catalyst for creating a collaborative space and community where ideas ignite, businesses incubate, and entrepreneurs innovate.  Innovate Springfield is Springfield's first and only social innovation and business incubator.

Microsoft Corporation is a leading developer of personal-computer software systems and applications, including products like Azure.  The Microsoft Azure Bot Framework helps speed up development by working in an integrated environment that’s purpose-built for bot development.

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