In about two weeks (May 31st, 2018) I will be presenting at the next Chicago .Net Users Group meetup in Downers Grove IL. I'm looking forward to my first time attending and speaking at this group's meetup because I have heard good things of the group even all the way up here in Michigan from a few other developers in the .Net community.
I'll be giving my 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 today I am working on updating a few of the samples to give the session a small refresh.
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 the CDNUG Meetup
At time of writing this post there were 39 spots left for the talk. You can register for the event on the CDNUG's meetup website.