All focus on voice


Hackathon, June 14th – 16th, 2018

Learn more

On the 15th and 16th of June the hackathon takes place in the CODE University of Applied Sciences, Lohmühlenstraße 65, Aufgang 4, 12435 Berlin


Build Google Actions and Alexa skills for your community!

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.

Join us to learn

• 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

Join us to win

Over 5000 EUR total worth of exciting prizes, including tickets to the next Chatbot Summit and numerous gadgets and devices

Join us to meet

Team up with people from different walks of life and experience the power of diversity


Speakers and jury

Introduction to platforms, tips, tricks and jury members


Preliminary program

The agenda is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

June 14th, Thursday

Location: wework Sony Center | Kemperplatz 1 | 10785 Berlin

Open doors

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

Peter Friese, Google
Karen Kaushansky, Robot Futures Consulting GmbH
Liz Myers, Tech Evangelist

Sponsors, prizes, tools

19.00 - 19.30 hrs

Guided tour for tools and platforms. Information about prizes and sponsors

Speed networking

19.30 - 20.00 hrs

A fun way to get in contact with each other

Pitches & team-building

20.00 - 20.45 hrs

Announcement of logistics, rules, judgement criterias, Pitches, forming teams and having drinks

Tips & tricks

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!

June 15th, Friday

Location: CODE University | Lohmühlenstraße 65 | Aufgang 4 | 12435 Berlin

Breakfast is served

08.30 - 10.00 hrs

Get a strong coffee and grab a bite. The finish line comes closer


09.00 - 10.15 hrs

Build your Bot - live on stage with almost no code. If you think developing useful assistants is only for tech-experts then Sascha from Cognigy will prove you wrong with an introduction to Alexa Skills development and demonstrating an Omnichannel approach that requires almost no code at all.

Alexa Meets IoT. Come join Liz in this project-based workshop and learn to make skills that control everyday “things”! During this action-packed 60 minutes, you’ll learn how to create skills for Alexa and use MQTT to make winning Voice First Experiences.

Google Assistant workshop

10.15 - 11.45 hrs

Peter Friese presents the Google Assistant platform and gives you an introduction on Actions with Google

Talks on voice and platforms - Part I

11.45 - 12.30 hrs

Does every bot need a personality? Adva Levin will tell about storytelling elements in VUI.

Voice App Development deep dive with Jovo. Jan König from Jovo will walk through the essentials of developing voice apps that work on both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Lunch is served

12.30 - 13.00 hrs

Grab a bite to replenish you batteries!

Talks on voice and platforms - Part II

13.00 - 13.45 hrs

Storyline, Alexa skills without a single line of code Alexey Vidanov will show, how to create Amazon Alexa skills without code using Storyline.

Algolia API workshop. Paul-Louis Nech from Algolia will present the challenges of Search through voice, before sharing the main tips to build conversational interfaces that help users find what they are looking for.

Talks on voice and platforms - Part III

13.45 - 14.30 hrs

Actions on Google, the easy way. Rafael will show, how to create Actions for Google Assistant without deep coding skills.

Bottalk workshop. Andrey Esaulov from Bottalk will explain how to create complex Alexa Skills with Simple Markup Language

Start of the hacking

14.30 - open end

Tools are selected. Coaches are ready to help. Dinner is served at 18:00 hrs. Let's start hacking.

June 16th, Saturday

Location: CODE University | Lohmühlenstraße 65 | Aufgang 4 | 12435 Berlin

Breakfast is served

09.00 - 10.00 hrs

Get a strong coffee and grab a bite. The finish line comes closer.

Hacking throughout the day

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.

Lunch is served

12.30 - 13.30 hrs

Grab a bite to replenish you batteries!

Pitch coaching & video recordings

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.

Cool down & dinner

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

Awards & prizes

19.30 - 20.00 hrs

Announcement the winners & handover of prizes


20.00 - open end




We couldn't have done this without them

November 2017

That was
Talk to me, Hamburg!


Keynote & Introductions

All information you need to start prototyping

Google Echo & Amazon Alexa

More than enough devices for every team



Training sessions

Specialists guide you through the days

Pitch your ideas

Show your prototypes to the crowd

Awards, honors and prizes

… and a lot of drinks at the afterparty


The following people made the hackathon possible


Talk To Us.

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Event location 1
14th of june

Sony Center
Kemperplatz 1
10785 Berlin

Event location 2
15th - 16th of june

University of Applied Sciences
Lohmühlenstraße 65 | Aufgang 4
12435 Berlin