This CodeTheCity co-design weekend will be an exploration of the world of chatbots and AI (or Artificial Intelligence).
What are chat bots?
A chatbot is a piece of software that interacts with a customer or user to directly answer their questions. It uses existing data or information coupled with artificial intelligence to respond in a human-like way, guiding the user to a solution.
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About Code the city
Our cities are changing, life in our cities is changing. Access to services is one of the key benefits of locating in a city, but many services are difficult to access. Knowing that they exist, finding where they are, when they are, and who is involved can be a struggle.
At code the city you’ll help a passionate group of volunteers to build new tools and services to help people in your community access existing services and even start new ones.
At Code the City we focus on some key areas:
Achieving social good
Improving local services
Sharing skills and knowledge across disciplines
Using and creating open data and Open Government Data (OGD)
Quick delivery of real results
Over the course of the weekend you will help to deliver prototype services to assist our communities in accessing existing services, and help facilitate the creation of new services. These will take the form of websites, web apps and more.
With access to exciting technology and data, and supported by experts in various fields, this is an excellent opportunity to work closely with a passionate team on problems that matter.
Who should come?
We don’t just need coders - we need designers, writers, service providers, community members, anyone interested in getting involved in improving our city. Anyone with enthusiasm, a willingness to experiment, and a passion for improving the world.
What languages / platforms do I need?
If you’re a coder then whatever languages you know, and whatever platforms you work with, you’ll find a way to contribute to Code the City. We have people using ruby, python, php, .net and several other systems already signed up. We often find that simple HTML and CSS are the most important skills on the day. If you have API skills and can work with open data you'll be in great demand.
What do I need to bring?
If you plan to code or write / design on the weekend please bring a laptop with a suitable development environment. Don't forget your power supply!
For non-coders just bring your enthusiasm and any tools or materials that you think will help you to contribute to the event.
What will we provide?
Food and beverages to keep you going during the event
Possible ideas to get you started
Sticky notes and pens to capture ideas
Facilitators to help you form teams and aid your work