4 months ago

Twitch Broadcast on winning chatbots, now on for Tuesday, August 29th!

Hello!

We had a little hitch in our giddy-up for our originally-scheduled program, but we're on track now!

Join us Tuesday, August 29th, on the AWS Twitch Channel for a live coding session with AWS Evangelists, Randall Hunt and Tara Walker. They're diving in to the winning chatbots from the AWS Chatbot Challenge!

August 29 | 2:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM ET

Join us on Twitch!

 

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


4 months ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in, and our community has voted! Go to the AWS Chatbot Challenge gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the awesome submissions. Don't forget to join AWS on Twitch at 3PM PT, 6PM ET today to discuss the winning submissions!

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop coding. Update your portfolio to inform your followers about new projects and get feedback from fellow hackers.


4 months ago

Join us on Twitch tomorrow to talk about the winners

*drum roll* Ready to talk about the winners of the Chatbot Challenge? Join us on Twitch for a Live Coding session with AWS evangelists Randall Hunt & Tara Walker, where they'll be diving into the winning chatbots! 

August 11 | 3:00 PM PT, 6:00 PM ET

Join us on Twitch!


5 months ago

24 hours left!

Submissions to the AWS Chatbot Challenge are due in less than 24 hours! Submit before the contest deadline of July 18, 2017 at 5pm PDT.

See our latest update on what's required in your final submission here.

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


5 months ago

Bots are due on July 18!

Happy weekend, bot-makers! Submissions to the AWS Chatbot Challenge are due before July 18, 2017 at 5pm PDT!

We also just released a script to help you easily export your bot definition file! And don't forget to read our latest update on what's required in your final submission here

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


5 months ago

Export Utility to Create a Bot Definition File, Now Available

Hello Registrants!

We've released a new script to help you export your bot definition files, and it's available here. Reminder: you'll still need to provide a way to access your bot for judging and testing, including a link to your repo hosting the bot code, and all deployment files and testing instructions needed for testing your bot. (The Github or BitBucket code repository may be public or private. If the repository is private, share access with testing@devpost.com)

Thanks!

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5 months ago

More on submitting bots for testing

The deadline is around the corner on July 18th and we know you’re hard at work. Remember, you are required to submit the following items:

1. A demo video that clearly shows your bot functioning on its intended platform.
2. Share your code repository publicly or privately through GitHub or BitBucket with testing@devpost.com.
3. Access to a working bot.
4. Testing instructions with anything we need to know to test your bot.
5. Text description should include a brief explanation of what the bot Application does and what makes it unique.
 6. A completed submission form on Devpost.

 

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5 months ago

Chatbot submissions are due by July 18

Submissions to the AWS Chatbot Challenge are due before July 18, 2017 at 5pm PDT! Remember to review the submission requirements on our hackathon page and make sure you have included all the required elements. After the competition closes, our judges will review each entry and select the winners! Although it is unlikely, we may reach out to you if we determine that we need more information regarding your submission during the judging period. 

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon…

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6 months ago

Join us on Twitch for a live-coding session today at 4PM ET!

Slack and AWS join forces live on Twitch.TV/AWS today at 4PM ET to code a chatbot using Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda!

We’ll be building a Lex-powered serverless chatbot that lets users grab descriptions of upcoming Twitch episodes and then vote on which one should be next. We’ll cover authorization, operations, and persistence using AWS Lambda and Amazon DynamoDB (as well as third-party authorization through Twitch, Slack, or another provider). Today's stream can also be a great place to get ideas or questions answered if you are participating in the [AWS Chatbot Challenge.](https://aws.amazon.com/events/chatbot-challenge/)

Randall Hunt (@jrhunt) will be…

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6 months ago

Code sharing, deadlines, and more

Hi bot-makers! A few quick updates for you in your quest for chatbot glory:

  • The competition homepage stated the deadline in the wrong time zone. We updated this and now you get 3 more hours! Make sure you submit by July 18th, 2017 - 5pm PDT.
  • Your repos can now be shared through Bitbucket or Github. Private repos on either service must be shared with testing@devpost.com before the deadline.
  • Don’t forget to join us on twitch.tv/aws at 1PM Pacific on June 26 for a live coding event. Learn more at https://aws.amazon.com/twitch

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon,…

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6 months ago

Watch us build a chatbot on Twitch

 

Join AWS and Slack on June 26 as we combine forces to live code a chatbot using Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda!

We’ll be building a Lex-powered serverless chatbot that lets users grab descriptions of upcoming Twitch episodes and then vote on which one should be next.

We’ll cover authorization, operations, and persistence using AWS Lambda and Amazon DynamoDB (as well as third-party authorization through Twitch, Slack, or another provider).

Join us on twitch.tv/aws at 1PM Pacific on June 26. Learn more at https://aws.amazon.com/twitch


6 months ago

Learn more about the business use cases for Amazon Lex. Join this webinar on June 5th!


Join our Webinar on Monday, June 5th, as we explore the business cases for Amazon Lex


In this tech talk, we will introduce Amazon Lex and walk through use cases for employee assistance, DevOps and, and internal help desks, where Amazon Lex's automation engine creates the potential to reduce costs, improve service quality, and create new ways to access corporate information.

When: June 05 | 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM PT | 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM ET

Learning Objectives:
• Learn about applying conversational interfaces in applications through Amazon Lex
• Learn about popular use cases for Amazon…

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7 months ago

Dive deeper into serverless apps in our June 1 webinar

AWS SAMMeet "SAM" the Squirrel.

Looking to dive deeper into serverless computing? AWS Lambda can be used as a core part of Amazon Lex chatbots, but it can also be used to build serverless applications for a variety of use cases. Join our upcoming free tech talk to learn more about using our Serverless Application Model framework.

Register for free here.

Building AWS Lambda Applications with the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM)
Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM PDT - 1:00:00 PM PDT

When building applications with AWS Lambda, you need a way to easily model and deploy the…

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7 months ago

Join the Amazon Lex Webinar on May 15 (TODAY!) to learn how to integrate your chatbot with any messaging service!

Amazon Lex offers built-in integrations with Slack, Twilio, Marketo, Salesforce, Quickbooks, Microsoft Dynamics, Zendesk, and Hubspot. But, you can also integrate with any other application by combining the Lex API and AWS API Gateway to extend your chatbots into virtually any use case with minimal effort. This session will show you how. The design pattern shown will be interesting to folks who want to build a pre-processing layer in front of Lex or want to route messages to multiple specialized bots.   When: May 15 | 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives:
• Learn how…

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7 months ago

Learn how to integrate your chatbot with any messaging service! Attend the Amazon Lex Webinar on May 15th!

Amazon Lex offers built-in integrations with Slack, Twilio, Marketo, Salesforce, Quickbooks, Microsoft Dynamics, Zendesk, and Hubspot. But, you can also integrate with any other application by combining the Amazon Lex API and Amazon API Gateway to extend your chatbots into virtually any use case with minimal effort. This session will show you how. The design pattern shown will be interesting to folks who want to build a pre-processing layer in front of Lex or want to route messages to multiple specialized bots.

When: May 15 | 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM ET

REGISTER HERE

Learning Objectives:

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7 months ago

Upcoming online tech talks on AWS Lambda and serverless

Need help with AWS Lambda for your chatbot? We have two upcoming online tech talks on AWS Lambda and serverless computing. Register for these free tech talks to learn more about serverless computing.

Building Serverless Web Applications

When: May 22 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PT | 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM ET 

What if you could build a web application that could support true web-scale traffic without having to ever provision or manage a single server? In this session, you will learn how to build a serverless website that scales automatically using services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API…

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7 months ago

Amazon Lex webinar recording available

Hello bot makers,

If you missed our online tech talk for Amazon Lex this week, please view the recording on YouTube by visiting here

Questions?

We're here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we'll respond as soon as we can.


7 months ago

Free online tech talk on Amazon Lex on May 8

Looking for help with getting started on your first chatbot using Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda? Join us for an online tech talk on May 8 to learn how to get started with Lex! Register for the webinar here

Build and Deploy Chatbots Fast with Amazon Lex
Monday, May 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM PDT - 10:00:00 AM PDT

Conversational interfaces through text with applications like Slack, and through voice with platforms like Amazon Alexa, are rapidly becoming mainstream. Amazon Lex enables you to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language conversational chatbots with the same deep learning technologies that…

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8 months ago

Building a bot for Slack? Here are some ways to get started!

Hello, bot makers!

Thinking of building a bot for Slack? Get started with these hand-plucked resources and tools.

Send your first Slack bot message in minutes, no baggage, no OAuth.

You can build your bot with Beep Boop, a framework for easy-peasy Slack bots, or use BotKit.

Empower users to make a precise action with a slash command.

Bot UX can go beyond a back-and-forth exchange. Make yours interactive with buttons and menus that help people move work forward.

Get the latest Slack platform news delivered fresh by installing the Slack Platform News App. (Intermittent…

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8 months ago

Welcome to the AWS Chatbot Challenge

Greetings, bot builders!

Thanks for registering for the AWS Chatbot Challenge - brought to you by AWS and Slack! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Main submission requirement: Build a bot using Amazon Lex and AWS Lambda. More detailed description of requirements are here.
  • Submissions are due before July 18, 2017 at 5pm PDT.
  • Visit our resources page for helpful getting started links for Lex and Lambda.
  • Ask questions and collaborate with fellow participants in Discussions or our Slack channel.
  • If you’re building a bot for Slack, get started quickly from their API site: it has tutorials, SDKs, and

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