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The future of human-computer interaction will be up for debate in Cape Town next week, when some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in the cutting-edge area of conversational interfaces will gather to examine the subjects of artificial intelligences, chatbots, machine learning and natural language processing at BotCon Africa 2017.
 
Botcon Africa 2017 Schedule
8:00  -  Registration, networking & coffee
9:00  -  Welcome to Botcon Africa Cape Town 2017 | Gustav Praekelt, Founder Praekelt.com, Praekelt.org, Feersum Engine.io
9:15 - 10:00  -  Teaching Machines to Interact with People | Martin Raison, Research Engineer, Facebook AI
 
10:00 - 10:20  -  A Brief History of Bots (Humanity's relationship with automatons) | Stuart Steedman, Software Architect, Yonder Media
 
10:20 - 10:40  -  What makes a great Bot? | Justin Watson, Co-Founder, Botpress
 
10:40 - 11:00  -  Comprehension Models for Informational chatbots and Document query | Frans Cronje, Managing Director, Data Prophet
 
11:00 - 11:20  -  Topic TBC | Riana Smit and Francois Scheffer, Founder, Retro Rabbit
 
11:20 - 11:40  -  Coffee Break
 
11:40 - 12:20  -  Messenger Platform 2.0 (features, best practices & case studies) | Angelique Kamara, Strategic Partnership Manager, Facebook Messenger
 
12:20 - 12:40  -  Our Public Transport Chatbot experiment | Nick Cuthbert, Software Architect, Where's my transport
 
12:40 - 1:00  -  Building a Quoting Chatbot for Life Insurance in South Africa | Sam Fleming & Adrian Keyser, Simply Life
 
1:00 - 1:20  -  Experimenting with bots on twitter  |  Toufeeq Ockards, Software Engineer, SKA SA
 
1:20 - 2:00  -  Lunch
 
Technical Stream
 
2:00 - 2:20  -  Sentence Matching | Dr Bernardt Duvenhage, NLP & Machine Learning Lead, Feersum Engine
 
2:20 - 3:00  -  Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning workshop | Hein Oldewage, Software Developer, Retro Rabbit
 
3:00 - 3:20  -  Amazon: Using Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly | Herbert-John Kelly, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services (TBC)
 
3:20 - 3:40  -  Coffee Break
 
3:40 - 4:20  -  How do you talk to IMDB? Workshop | Rudolph Jacobs, Software Developer, Retro Rabbit
 
4:20 - 5:00 - Facebook Messenger round table | Lead by Angelique Kamara and Proud Dzambukira, Facebook Strategic Partnerships
 
Business, Design & Ethics Stream
 
2:00 - 2:20  -  The Age of Acceleration: Moore's Law, Globalisation & Global Warming | Johan De Villiers, CEO, First Technology Western Cape
 
2:20 - 3:00  -  Use AI to Build jobs, not replace them | Ryan Falkenberg, Co-CEO, Clevva
 
3:00 - 3:20  -  TBC
 
3:20 - 3:40  -  Coffee Break
 
3:40 - 4:20  -  Building a value proposition for a conversational platform | Belinda Lewis, Product Director, Feersum Engine
 
4:20 - 5:00  -  TBC

When and where?


Workshop 17
17 Dock Road
V & A Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa
8002

Starts:
Thu 25 May 2017 at 8:30 AM (SAST)
Ends:
Thu 25 May 2017 at 5:00 PM (SAST)

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