Let’s Build a Chatbot: From the idea stage to deployment

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Published by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
June 2018, Volume 4, Issue 11

​​Let’s Build a Chatbot: From the Idea Stage to Deployment

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway North
St. Paul, MN 55104

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                                                                                     Randy LaFoy              Eli Krumholz

​In April 2017, Randy LaFoy won/earned a grant to build a chatbot in a Shark Tank-like completion from Minnesota State. [Chatbots are computer programs designed to simulate conversation with human users.] We will talk how we got from zero to a fairly functioning bot and fulfilling the goal.
Randy LaFoy is a Renaissance Person who has worked with Community College students around the state on a program designed to keeping them in school, graduating and getting jobs. He won the national NISOD Excellence Award; was awarded 2017 Shark Tank Innovation Funding Award to design and build a chatbot; and served as mayor for 8 years. He has a TedTalk on being a Renaissance Person in the 21st Century (10500+ views). His full bio can be found at randylafoy.com

Eli Krumholz, PhD, is Director of Software Development at Abilitech Medical, a medical device startup creating assistive technologies for upper limb conditions. He received his PhD in computational systems biology from University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where his research focused on using network analysis and optimization tools to study cellular metabolism. In his spare time he hacks together electronics, software, and AI/ML projects and organizes the MN Bot Makers meetup, which hosts monthly meetups covering the design, creation, and impact of chatbots.

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Where Do Technical Communicators Belong?

We've been called technical writers and technical communicators for years, but you can find us in a wide variety of places. Below are just a few areas you'll find writers like us. Can you think of any more? Email your ideas or job titles to stc.twincities.2015@gmail.com. Ayanfe is developing an article for September which will cover this very topic. 

Information Development
Change Management
Developer Relations
Product Management
UX Design
Technical Publications Department
Help Desk
Chatbot Development
Training Services
Policy and Procedure (Writer)
Information Architecture
Content Strategy
DITA Implementation and Management
Web Content Development (Webmaster)
Documentation Engineering
Automotive Industry
Software Development
Artificial Intelligence
Public Relations

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