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Impressions of the first Botshackathon in Vienna
The BotsHackathon: creating
a chatbot in a single day
"The outcome and one of the best parts for me was the feedback that I received from the participants – all those words about how cool the event was and that they learnt a lot in such a short period of time. We had 20 presentations! That, I honestly didn't expected"
– Natalie Korotaeva, organiser.

 
About The TEAM

#botshackers

The idea was hanging in the air – everyone (okay, most of the people we are surrounded by) was talking about this new thing: chatbots. Therefore, when Tosh actually said one day "you know, it could be a cool idea to do a BotsHackathon" Natalie swiftly replied "okay, let's do it, what do we need?".
David, Natalie, Thomas and Jakob organised this event with developers (Rene, Phill, Barbara, Mario & Andre), partners and wonderful sponsors.
8hrs of coding

happy hardcore hacking madness
8 coaches

experienced developers with a passion to teach
70 participants

from absolute beginners to developers with their own projects
20 chatbots

for the Facebook messenger, Telegram and Slack.
"This is a great opportunity for Vienna to become Europe's leading messaging and bots hotspot"
– David Pichsenmeister, organiser

I had a great time and learned a lot!
— Jan Hruby, UX/UI Designer at Pioneers
Bots Hackathon Vienna was a super inspiring experience.
The messenger platforms are still so new that it is difficult to grasp how the future will look like,
but we definitely got a taste of it at the event.
I'm so happy about the participants and mentors that showed up. It was a lot of fun.
— Thomas Schranz, organiser
"The Hackathon organisers were very helpful and friendly and I am glad that I met so many motivated people in one place and I am proud of the result!"
– Patrick Fuchs, event manager at Austrian Startups

Philipp Holly
Coach & Mentor
"The first botshackathon was awesome! It was super cool to share my experience with all the participants from beginners to pros. I loved all the new chatbot ideas.
Looking forward to the next "botsathon"."
Barbara Ondrisek
Coach & Mentor
"Being a mentor, coach, and judge was pretty amazing and inspiring! I was very happy to see so many encouraged and motivated people helping Vienna to become the Bot Spot of Europe!"
René Tanczos
Coach & Mentor
"Seeing people sitting together and helping each other inspired me. Especially, while working on bots I saw how funny it can be to simulate a conversation and give life to something."
THE WINNERS
1. LAZY DJs
David Peherstorfer, David Mann, Todor Lazov,Larisa Stanescu (github source)
2. BotTender
Alex Newtron, Eva Lettner, Ramon Huidobro, Tanya San ,Tommy Meyer-Ortiz,
Patrick Fuchs
3. Sepa Digital
Rene Kapusta

The winners of A1 challenge:
1. Smartphone choice
Stefan Wüst & Berni Schaffer
2. FSMW
3. First Contact
Dominik Felix

Special prizes from TheVentury & Lemmings.io:
1."Tell me Qando Qando Qando" or "TLQ³".
Neel Shah, Jan Hrubý, Christoph Schnedlitz
2. OfficeFoodOrder




At the end of the hackathon we really ended up with a functioning chatbot that was a great achievement for our team. It was a great challenge, experience and a lot of fun!


— Viktoriya Lazarova
The hackathon was intense, super exciting and helpful for a total beginner like me (let's party - I took the 3rd place, yay!). Especially the organisation and the location were outstanding.

– Dominik Felix
And one more thing – we filmed a short video capturing your impressions <3
The story of the BotsHackathon
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