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I'm Speaking at Code on the Beach 2018


Code on the Beach 2018 logoIn just less than a month from now (August 10th, 2018) I will be speaking at Code on the Beach 2018 in Atlantic Beach, FL. I am very excited about participating at this event because it will be the first time attending for me, and one of the big draws of this event is that it is family friendly, so my family is making the journey with me. And don't forget any change to go to Florida is pretty nice when you live in Michigan.

This time I will be giving my popular chat bot talk on "How to Build an E-commerce Chat bot with Azure Bot Framework". The talk was very well received at CPL this year and a few other events. For this instance I have added another new ability of the bot to show off as well.


My Session

My session will be: How to Build an E-commerce Chat bot with Azure Bot Framework, where I will show how to create a chatbot for an e-commerce site. The full abrstract is below:

Attendees can expect to learn how to build and connect an intelligent bot to interact with an e-commerce website. See how you can use the Microsoft Bot Framework, Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS), and .Net Core to create a bot that can check a customer’s order history, order status, or tracking number.

We use bots all the time at our office and love them. However, they typically are “dumb” bots that handle simple notifications to our Slack channels. I wanted to create a bot that was a little bit more complex and a lot smarter than the standard fair. With that goal in mind, I came up the idea of making a sort of “self service” way for someone who has placed an order on a e-commerce site to come up with a way to check their order history and/or order status by chatting with an automated Bot. I also originally wanted the bot to work on Slack, and when I discovered that the Microsoft Bot Framework delivered that ability plus many more channels, it was “game on” from there. The smartness of the bot comes from the Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) that Microsoft Cognitive Services provides. After getting the project up and running I realized that this combination of technologies was down right amazing.    


Join Me at Code on the Beach

Registration for Code on the Beach 2018 is still open until 8:00 pm est on Sunday, July 29, 2018. That means there is still time to see over 40 speakers talk about .Net Core, Microservices, Angular, Node, and all sorts of other fun and relevant technologies in 2018.