TALK TO ME, HAMBURG! is a hackathon for natural language interfaces organised by a band of like-minded Hamburgian technologists.
Woman or man, Geekette or Geek, if you are curious about voice assistants everyone seems to be talking about - this event is for you.
During the non-profit event, participants will form groups and learn to prototype natural language interfaces for real world applications on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Bring your insights, creativity, ideas, problems and laptop. Food, caffeine (and other beverages), home devices and other essentials will be there waiting for you. Don’t have a team and/or idea yet? No worries! On the first night you can get to know your fellow competitors and possible future teammates and hammer out your ideas. Of course you are also welcome to bring your idea and team ready to go.
The hackathon takes place over a three day course from November 23rd - 25th at the gorgeous new office space of WeWork in the center of Hamburg.
TALK TO ME, HAMBURG! is powered by the Hamburg Geekettes
The agenda is subject to change and will be updated accordingly
17.00 - 17.30 hrs
Particpants arrive and are welcomed with snacks/dinner (included). Mingle a bit, get to know each other and settle in.
17.30 - 18.00 hrs
Hamburg Geekettes, the organisers, are welcoming all participants and provide an introduction to the main idea and walk you quickly through the program.
Tereza Iofciu from mytaxi shares some experiences in working with natural language interfaces at mytaxi for your inspiration.
18.00 - 18.30 hrs
Andrea Muttoni, Technical Evangelist at Amazon, presents Amazon Alexa and gives you an introduction on Skills with Alexa.
18.30 - 19.00 hrs
Peter Friese, Developer Advocate at Google, presents the Google Assistant platform and gives you an introduction on Actions with Google.
19:00 - 20:00 hrs
Pitches, forming teams and having drinks
20:00 - 21:30 hrs
Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa workshops, Peter and Andrea provide a more detailed view on their respective platforms
Final notes and until tomorrow!
09:30 - 10.30 hrs
Vasili Shynkarenka presents Storyline, a platform to create voice applications without the need to code anything. Participants are free to use the platform for the hackathon.
09:00 - 21.00 hrs
Come in whenever you manage. Offices at WeWork will be available for all attendees. Coaching, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served over the day. An expert from Google will be on site to help out if there are any questions.
08:30 - 10.00 hrs
Get a strong coffee and grab a bite. The finish line comes closer.
08:00 - 17.00 hrs
Coaches will be on site to help out with questions. Prototypes to be presented have to be finalised and a presenter (or group of them) to be chosen in each team.
12:30 - 14.00 hrs
Grab a bite to replenish you batteries!
13:00 - 15.00 hrs
Send in selected team members for pitch coaching sessions of 20 min. each. (2 hours cover 6 groups, sessions with different people are run simultaneously)
Deadline. Groups should send the code and slides (can also share through github public or private repositories etc)
16:30 - 18.00 hrs
Each group has 5 minutes to demo their prototype followed up by a 5 minute Q&A with the jury.
18:00 - 20.30 hrs
For those who want to stay a bit at WeWork, time has been reserved to chat, have some food, drinks an opportunity to pat each other on the back.
18:30 - 19.30 hrs
Groups who worked with Actions on Google have the opportunity to present their prototype for the second time at the Google DevFest (5 minutes each + 5 minutes for Q&A).
19:30 - open end
At Betahaus: Afterparty with all Hackathon and DevFest participants.
Introduction to platforms, tips, tricks and jury members
Dr. Tereza Iofciu is a Data Engineer at mytaxi. Before, she studied Computer Science and did her PhD at the L3S institute focusing on user modeling, tag analysis and entity search. During her Phd she was an intern at Microsoft Research Center, Cambridge. Before joining mytaxi, Tereza worked in Data Science at XING.
Peter is a Developer Advocate on the Google Assistant team, working with developers to build amazing conversational experiences. He loves his tea hot, with milk.
Andrea is a Technical Evangelist for Amazon Alexa. In this role, he is travelling the world to share stories, learnings and best practices for building voice-enabled experiences, aka Skills, with Alexa. Before that he worked on both sides of software development as a full stack developer and as a product manager.
Vasili Shynkarenka is co-founder @thestorylineio, the biggest platform for creating voice applications without coding with more than 1,300 apps created. The visual interface and ready to use templates help people create, test and publish voice apps in minutes.
Diana is founder and CEO of appcamps.de, a non-profit that brings coding into classrooms. With a background in computer science, psychology and educational research she worked in academia and the IT industry. Diana is a guest professor at the Technical University Berlin and ambassador for the Hamburg Geekettes. Edition F and D64 named her one of the 25 leading women for the digital future.
Laura is a 29 year-old Senior Copywriter based in Hamburg. She lives by the motto "We can not, not communicate" and loves to explore new ways to do just that. She experienced the different kinds of digital advertising at Interone, thjnk and now at her current home Fork.
Norman is a hands-on web stack architect, technology strategy consultant and managing director at Njiuko. With 20 years of professional experience, he has been developing internet applications, was responsible for building the Ruby on Rails technology stack at XING and worked for companies like Soundcloud and Greenpeace. Since the beginning of 2016, his mobile and web app company Njiuko has been developing voice assistants.
We couldn't have done this without them
Alexa is a personal assistant developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot devices developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices.
Google Assistant is a virtual personal assistant developed by Google and announced at its developer conference in May 2016. Users primarily interact with it through natural voice, though keyboard input is also supported. The Assistant is able to search the Internet, schedule events and alarms, adjust hardware settings on the user's device, and show information from the user's Google account.
Njiuko is a mobile and web app company based in Hamburg. They combine product development and engineering skills to lovingly craft robust, easy-to-use and beautiful applications. Since 2016, Njiuko has been creating natural voice assistants and developed the comdirect assistant that was featured in the Amazon Echo Show and Google Assistant releases in Germany.
Fork Unstable Media (Fork) is an award winning digital agency that’s hell-bent on changing the web for the better. Since 1996, the member of the fischerAppelt-group has been a competitive and ‘sympathisch’ partner for businesses, brands, shops, cultural institutions and nonprofits like Hilti, Merck, Congstar or Red Bull.
WeWork is the global community of creators of all kinds, offering community, inspiring office spaces and the best services. Currently, there are 150.000 people connected in our global community, spread over 163 locations in 44 cities.
Hamburg Geekettes is a community of women dedicated to networking and stimulating key innovation topics in our communities. Our activity is driven by belief in the power of diversity and inclusion.
The following people made the hackathon possible
As a sociologist working on the business side of tech, loves to feel the racing pulse of the industry and observe technology and society melt together. Is (still) blown away by the opportunities and challenges that natural language interaction creates and is eager to share these ideas with others.
Contact Karile at email | XING
Android programmer and AI-aficionado, born in Brazil and now living in Bremen. On his current project he has to think about the challenges of designing a voice user interface that feels natural and effortless to use. Frequently talks to inanimate objects, would be nice to have some talk back for a change.
Contact Rafael on XING | LinkedIn | Github
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