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September 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presentation Abstract

Chatbots are common these days and many messaging platforms (such as Slack) provide toolkits to support custom bots. However, most of these toolkits are not sophisticated enough to comprehend the user and instead rely on keywords or arcane slash commands. To build a bot that could converse with a user in a more natural and conversational way you typically need to leverage specialized AI techniques such as NLP or Machine Learning. While not out of reach, these skills are not in the toolkit of the average developer.

Fortunately, you no longer need to be an NLP or Machine Learning wizard to build a powerful conversational interface. In this talk, Jay will introduce you to Google’s DialogFlow service and show you how you can use your JavaScript skills to speak with your users. During the first part of the talk, you will learn the fundamentals of DialogFlow such as agents, intents, entities, contexts, and fulfillments. In the second half, Jay will LIVE CODE a simple chatbot using DialogFlow and demo a more complete version built ahead of time.

About Jay Hogan
I wanted to share this information about Jay because I think knowing more about our speaker might influence your decision to attend or not. Jay Hogan spoke at the 1st RVA Javascript Conference in 2017 and since then, based on feedback from attendees, NO OTHER speaker has graded out higher as a presenter than Jay. The feedback on Jay was very positive and people felt great leaving his speaker session. Just wanted everyone to know the type of speaker Jay is and he is not to be missed!

As always, the meeting is free… Looking forward to seeing you.


September 3, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


unboxed Training & Technology
2201 W Broad St suite 202
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
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