TALK TO ME, BERLIN! is a hackathon for natural language interfaces organized by Voice enthusiasts. If you are curious about voice assistants everyone seems to be talking about - this event is for you.
During the non-profit event, participants will form groups and learn to prototype natural language interfaces for real world applications on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
The hackathon takes place over a three day course from June 14th - 16th.
• Discover a great voice application concepts
• Design great voice user experience
• Develop for Google Actions and Amazon Alexa platforms
• Create fast skill prototypes without writing a line of code
• Use many tools and APIs to help you build custom applications
Over 5000 EUR total worth of exciting prizes, including tickets to the next Chatbot Summit and numerous gadgets and devices
Team up with people from different walks of life and experience the power of diversity
Introduction to platforms, tips, tricks and jury members
Peter is a Developer Advocate on the Google Assistant team, working with developers to build amazing conversational experiences. He loves his tea hot, with milk.
is a professional developer and user experience enthusiast at Cognigy.AI. His true passion is to improve the human-computer interaction: He loves to build conversational and multimodal experiences with text (chatbots) and voice (aka Alexa).
is Co-Founder of BotTalk.de, the platform that allows you to create complex voice user interfaces with simple markup language.
is an Experience Design Consultant working to define and design interactions 5-10 years before they are on most radars - speech recognition, conversational UIs, autonomous vehicles, mixed reality, and human-robot interactions. She started working on designing voice experiences in 1996 and is currently consulting for multiple companies pushing the boundaries in these areas. Past employers and clients include: Tellme/Microsoft, Nuance, Jawbone, Samsung, Zoox, and LEGO.
seeks digital solutions to human problems. R&D Engineer at Algolia since a couple years and author and maintainer of InstantSearch Android, the leading tool to build search interfaces on Android with Algolia. These days he is exploring the intersection of search engines and conversational interfaces.
is a former Alexa Evangelist and was the first person to build skills with developers in Germany. A veteran UX designer of 20 years, Liz is now focused on the intersection of Voice UI, Cloud, and Physical Computing. She will demo two of her most popular “Alexa meets IoT” projects during the conference.
is one of the founders of Jovo, the most popular open source development framework for Alexa Skills and Google Actions. Jovo was one of 8 voice companies to go through the voicecamp accelerator by betaworks in NYC.
is an entrepreneur with the mission to build an outstanding user experience using cutting-edge technology. With Future of Voice he founded a company to help enterprises to leverage voice assistants in customer care, sales and marketing. He was awarded Alexa Champion by Amazon in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
is Marketing Manager for Amazon Alexa. In this role, Nadine's focus is to educate and enable developers to successfully build third-party Alexa Skills. As B2B and developer marketing specialist, Nadine earned her professional experience in various positions throughout tech start-up and corporate world. When not spreading the love for voice as UI, she enjoys running, travelling the world, photography and green tea.
is a conversation designer and the founder of Pretzel Labs, an award-winning voice design studio that creates voice-first games. Her game Kids Court, an Alexa based judge that settles kids’ fights won the grand prize in Amazon’s kid skill challenge. Adva has 8+ years of experience in content and product roles for global start ups. She holds a B.Sc in Mathematics and Economics from Tel Aviv University, and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Columbia University.
The agenda is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.
17.00 - 17.30 hrs
Participants arrive and are welcomed with snacks/dinner (included). Mingle a bit, get to know each other and settle in.
17.30 - 17.45 hrs
The organizers, are welcoming all participants and provide an introduction to the main idea and walk you quickly through the program.
18.00 - 19.00 hrs
19.00 - 19.30 hrs
Guided tour for tools and platforms. Information about prizes and sponsors
19.30 - 20.00 hrs
A fun way to get in contact with each other
20.00 - 20.45 hrs
Announcement of logistics, rules, judgement criterias, Pitches, forming teams and having
20.45 - 21.15 hrs
4 steps of concept development to take before you start building
21.15 - 22.00 hrs
Register the team and go for drinks and networking. Final notes and until tomorrow!
08.30 - 10.00 hrs
Get a strong coffee and grab a bite. The finish line comes closer
09.00 - 10.15 hrs
10.15 - 11.45 hrs
Peter Friese presents the Google Assistant platform and gives you an introduction on
Actions with Google
11.45 - 12.30 hrs
12.30 - 13.00 hrs
Grab a bite to replenish you batteries!
13.00 - 13.45 hrs
13.45 - 14.30 hrs
14.30 - open end
Tools are selected. Coaches are ready to help. Dinner is served at 18:00 hrs. Let's start hacking.
09.00 - 10.00 hrs
Get a strong coffee and grab a bite. The finish line comes closer.
08.00 - 16.00 hrs
Coaches will be on site to help out with questions. Prototypes to be presented have to be finalized and a presenter (or group of them) to be chosen in each team.
12.30 - 13.30 hrs
Grab a bite to replenish you batteries!
14.00 - 16.30 hrs
Send in selected team members for pitch coaching sessions of 10 min. each. Additionally we
record a short video of your prototype
16.30 - 19.00 hrs
Each group has 3 minutes to demo their prototype followed up by a 5 minute Q&A with the jury.
19.00 - 19.30 hrs
For those who want to stay a bit at the venue, time has been reserved to chat, have some food, drinks an opportunity to pat each other on the back
19.30 - 20.00 hrs
Announcement the winners & handover of prizes
20.00 - open end
We couldn't have done this without them
Google Assistant is a virtual personal assistant developed by Google and announced at its developer conference in May 2016. Users primarily interact with it through natural voice, though keyboard input is also supported. The Assistant is able to search the Internet, schedule events and alarms, adjust hardware settings on the user's device, and show information from the user's Google account.
Alexa is a personal assistant developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot devices developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices.
The CODE University of Applied Science offers a project-orientated and challenge-based learning experience that stimulates personal growth and enables students to develop professional competencies as well as communicative and social skills. It is supported by two dozen of Germany’s most renowned internet entrepreneurs and provides an income-based delayed tuition model to attract the most talented students regardless of their personal financial background.
The following people made the hackathon possible
As a sociologist working on the business side of tech, loves to feel the racing
pulse of the industry and observe technology and society melt together. Is (still) blown away by
the opportunities and challenges that natural language interaction creates and is eager to share
these ideas with others.
Contact Karile at email | XING
Android programmer and AI-aficionado, born in Brazil and now living in Bremen. On
his current project he has to think about the challenges of designing a voice user interface
that feels natural and effortless to use. Frequently talks to inanimate objects, would be nice
to have some talk back for a change.
Contact Rafael on XING | LinkedIn | Github
is an IT Consultant at bitgrip Gmbh and founder of Berlin Lean Prototyping,
a meetup organization focused on lean, digital prototyping tools & Product discovery techniques
based in Berlin.
He has been writing about rapid prototyping tools and running & facilitating prototyping
Contact Anil at LinkedIn | XING
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