Wanna build your own chatbot?

Written by Kristina Brend

We know we do!

November 1st we gathered 50 tech interested geeks in the offices of tech company Sticos AS. They are specialized in advisory services for Human Relations and Accounting industry, most famous for @else, the HR Chief chatbot.

The event started with a pleasant surprise, as Ida Dahlen, CEO for the day, introduced the event. This is a part of #girlstakeover, a campaign from Plan Norge,:

International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl Child. The observation supports more opportunity for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage.[1] The celebration of the day also “reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research.”[2]

 

Host for the evening was girl geek Camilla Fjeldsø. She facilitated the obligatory presentation round, where everyone has to stand up and present their name, current work or lack of such and motivation for attending in 30 seconds. More than a few business relationships and jobs have been mediated thanks to this presentation round.

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Next up was business developer Christian Langvatn from Sticos, teaching us about the history of the company and chatbot @else. Sticos specialize in making chatbots with personality, like @else who is actually based on their current HR-manager Else who is soon to retire. They have implemented her dry sense of humor and caregiving personality in to the bot. Now they are working on Gerard, with a personality mix of a helpful butler and a stickler of GDPR rutines.

Girl geek Sigrid Lian from Increo was next on stage, giving a short introduction to the history of chatbots and the terminology for the evening. She even brought some examples, where Google Home playing the Basshunter hit “Boten Anna” was the funniest one:

Then, time to put all this theory to work. Developer Kaja Jakobsen Rinnan from Sticos introduced the workshop, and then we released all 50 newly educated chatbot-developers on the Google made tool DialogFlow. Stian Standahl from Sticos made this github summary of the assignment, if you want to try it at home: Make your own chatbot-workshop.

Some feedback from the attendees:

Thanks for hosting, Sticos AS!

Event organizers: Camilla Fjeldsø, Marita Nilsson, Sigrid Lian,
 Gry Møller  & Kristina Brend 

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