October 19, 2016
San Francisco, CA


Bot Day will take place in Robertson Auditorium

8:00am – 9:00am

Morning Coffee - Registration & Check-in

9:00am – 9:05am

Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Pete Skomoroch (Workday)
Jon Bruner and Peter Skomoroch welcome you to O'Reilly Bot Day. Read more.

9:05am – 9:55am

Benedict Evans (Andreessen Horowitz)
Benedict Evans talks about how interfaces and development opportunities are evolving beyond the old "Web versus apps" model, with voice, bots, and many other things emerging as new models. Read more.

9:55am – 10:45am

Pete Skomoroch (Workday)
Peter Skomoroch, an authority on data science and practical AI, offers a deep survey of the artificial intelligence landscape, covering recent developments, popular toolkits and services, and current thinking on strategies for AI. Read more.

10:45am – 11:15am

Morning Break

11:15am – 12:05pm

Andy Mauro (Automat)
Facebook, Slack, Amazon, and Microsoft all offer important platforms for bots. Google and Apple are on their way, as are a variety of other services such as Snapchat, Kik, Line, and Telegram. Andy Mauro offers an overview of the platform landscape, from demographic and UX strategy to technical features. Read more.

12:05pm – 1:15pm


1:15pm – 2:05pm

Cathy Pearl (Sensely)
Voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa have become compelling platforms for bot creators, and voice will become an essential part of any bot creator's toolkit as APIs for Siri, Cortana, and Google Now become available. However, translating functionality into voice user interfaces can be extremely difficult. We've invited Cathy Pearl, an authority on VUI design, to give an overview of the field. Read more.

2:05pm – 2:55pm

Amir Shevat (Slack)
To make sense of the bot development landscape, we’ve asked Amir Shevat, who runs developer relations at Slack, to give an overview of bot development tools from his perspective as a platform manager. He'll weigh the pros and cons of the popular bot frameworks and describe the strategic decisions that go into building the right bot stack. Read more.

2:55pm – 3:25pm

Afternoon Break

3:25pm – 4:15pm

Momin Mirza (Verizon), Ping Li (Accel), Sara Ahmadian (Seamless Planet), Jack Hanlon (Jet.com), Ratnakar Lavu (Kohl's)
Hear from executives who have deployed customer-facing bots in this panel discussion. Additional participants to be announced. Read more.

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Joshua Browder (DoNotPay)
Bots are able to automate human tasks for which there aren't APIs—like contesting a parking ticket or applying for homeless assistance. Joshua Browder's DoNotPay bots have sliced through various bureaucracies since late 2015, vastly reducing the effort required to interact with government agencies. Read more.

4:30pm – 5:20pm

Lili Cheng (Microsoft)
Conversational interfaces are a novel way to interact with computers. Human language is becoming the new user interface, bots the new apps, and personal digital assistants the new browsers. Lili Cheng, an architect who directs the Microsoft Research Lab behind Xiaoice and Tay, will reflect on human reactions to our bot counterparts. Read more.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Closing Reception, sponsored by Microsoft