Innovate Now - Conversational Interaction

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hedgehog lab

Trafalgar Street

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Event Descripton:

Innovate Now is hedgehog lab's invite-only exclusive networking event. After a successful launch in 2017, which was followed up with an event exploring immersive technologies, we'll be back again in early 2018.

This time we'll be addressing the opportunity provided by the rise of conversational user interfaces, in relation to voice-activated products like Amazon Alexa, chatbots and more.

Critically, we will also explain the adoption benefits to customers and businesses, explore examples of great existent products and help you to identify how your organisation could improve output, accessibility and engagement by incorporating conversational interaction.

Andrea Muttoni of Amazon will share his experiences and thoughts on conversational services, before another presenter provides a session focused around the business benefits of embracing conversational user interfaces.

Speaker Profiles - Andrea Muttoni (Amazon):

Andrea is a Technical Evangelist for Amazon Alexa. In his role, he travels the world to share stories, learning and best practices for building voice-enabled experiences, aka Skills, with Alexa. Before that he worked on both sides of software development as a full stack developer and as a product manager.

When not prototyping new Alexa Skill ideas or championing the needs of developers, he enjoys composing music and working on random projects.

Speaker Profiles - TBC:

Stay tuned to @InnovateNowTech to be the first to learn about our second speaker.

Event Schedule:

Timings subject to change.

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Registration & Refreshments:

Guests collect their welcome pack on arrival and are free to help themselves to a drink, chat with fellow delegates and enjoy the build up to the panel discussion.

6:30pm - 7:15pm: Andrea Muttoni, Technical Evangelist at Amazon.

Host Ben Lind will guide our panel as they gather to hear from Andrea, who will guide us through the rise and impact of Amazon Alexa and voice-activated products.

7:15pm - 7:45pm: Food & Networking:

Guests are free to grab themselves another drink, discuss the panel's thoughts and enjoy some delicious treats ahead of the second half of the event.

7:45pm - 8:30pm: TBC:

Stay tuned to @InnovateNowTech to be the first to learn about our second speaker.

8:30pm - 8:45pm: Close & Networking.

Enjoy the opportunity to pose one-on-one questions to those on our panel, interact with fellow delegates and ensure you have a clear idea of how you can implement or follow up on your learnings.

Get Involved:

Website: innovatenow.tech

Twitter: @InnovateNowTech

Facebook: Innovate Now

Instagram: @InnovateNowTech


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions for us, please do feel free to get in touch via any of our social media channels (listed above). Alternatively, we'd be happy to hear from you on events@hedgehoglab.com. Whatever your query, we'd love to help you out!

What is the nearest station to the event venue?

The nearest train station to hedgehog lab is Newcastle Central Railway Station, located just an 8-minute walk from the station. Manors Metro station is the closest inner-city rail service, but if arriving via train it is advised to walk or get a taxi for convenience.

Is there any parking available?

There will be free limited parking spaces outside Generator Studios on the night of the event. Car park users should request a parking pass from a volunteer upon arrival. Alternatively, there is a multi-storey parking facility just around the corner.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring your printed ticket to the event, however, there will be a registration process upon arrival (see the event schedule above for more), and as such you will be required to have notified us of your intent to attend to guarantee your seat.

Will there be food and/or drink?

Of course. As hosts of the event, hedgehog lab will provide a range of soft drinks, beers, coffee and locally-crafted food to make sure you don't go home hungry or thirsty!

Does the event actually start at 6pm?

In a word, no. As per the event schedule, there will be a 30-minute registration and networking period prior to us getting under way, so don't worry if you're unsure if you can make it for 6pm sharp. We do ask that you are here by 6:30pm so we can get under way promptly.

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