Last Friday I visited the Chatbot-in-a-day workshop in Munich.
This was offered by Microsoft in cooperation with orange networks and gave us participants a comprehensive overview of the world of chatbots.
Since I am currently working on a project to find out which chatbot frameworks are suitable for potential use in the company, the workshop was just right for me.
At the beginning of the day a short introductory presentation about chatbots in general and the Microsoft Bot Framework and its components followed.
The first topic on which we participants were allowed to become active ourselves was the creation of new dialogs within the bot. These form the equivalent of a conventional user interface.
The speakers first explained basic functionalities to us and we were then allowed to put them into practice on our own.
In this way, we gradually added an interface to the Azure Search service and integrated advanced technologies such as AdaptiveCards into the bot. Finally, we inserted an AI based text recognition into the bot so that it can call dialogs depending on the user’s intention.
A short feedback round followed at the end of the day. After many new insights the workshop was already over.