All focus on voice


Hackathon, November 23rd – 25th, 2017 Powered by Hamburg Geekettes

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Natural language interface hackathon.

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


Preliminary program

The agenda is subject to change and will be updated accordingly

November 23rd, Thursday

Open doors

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.

Amazon Alexa introduction

18.00 - 18.30 hrs

Andrea Muttoni, Technical Evangelist at Amazon, presents Amazon Alexa and gives you an introduction on Skills with Alexa.

Google Assistant introduction

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.

Groups & pitches

19:00 - 20:00 hrs

Pitches, forming teams and having drinks

Google/Amazon workshops

20:00 - 21:30 hrs

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa workshops, Peter and Andrea provide a more detailed view on their respective platforms

End of day one!

21:30 hrs

Final notes and until tomorrow!

November 24th, Friday

Storyline workshop

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.

Throughout the day

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.

November 25th, Saturday

Breakfast is served

08:30 - 10.00 hrs

Get a strong coffee and grab a bite. The finish line comes closer.

Throughout the day

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.

Lunch is served

12:30 - 14.00 hrs

Grab a bite to replenish you batteries!

Pitch coaching

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)


16:15 hrs

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.

Cool down

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.

Second chance

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.


Speakers and jury

Introduction to platforms, tips, tricks and jury members



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Event location

WeWork Stadthaus
Axel-Springer-Platz 3
20355 Hamburg