Hello from somewhere in Italy! I’m on vacation this week, so even though you’re getting Bot! zine on the right day, I only have stories from early last week. That’s ok though, because there’s been a tidal wave of news stories, coming primarily from VentureBeat’s #MobileBeat2016. I was there on June 12th interviewing Josh Jacobs, President of Kik Services, about their commerce and branded bots on the platform.
It has been almost three months since we launched Poncho on Facebook messenger. Instead of expanding Poncho to other platforms, the team decided to have a laser point focus on improving the underlying editorial and technical infrastructure that can make Poncho a truly platform agnostic bot.
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has partnered Microsoft to build “chatbots”, with the aim of integrating natural language and conversational computing capabilities into its e-government services.
Sept. 28 & 29, 2016 Fair Market Austin, TX - Two days of bot talks and community building! Bot! zine readers get 25% off the price of admission!Go see talks from bot luminaries like Ted Livingston of Kik, Amir Shevat of Slack, Esther Crawford of Olabot, and many more!
If you’re interested in hosting a panel or talk of your own at the event, there’s still time! Submit your ideas here.