Botscamp – Interview with Thomas Schulz
Here you can find the interview that I’ve created with Thomas Schulz the founder of botscamp.co a virtual conference about chatbots.
We’ve talked about Thomas’ career before chatbots, his initiatives: the botscamp.co and bottish. Also, we discussed some interesting points about chatbots in healthcare or in different languages.
In the interview, we’ve talked about some of his professional life before chatbots came along. He was actively looking for a solution to connect professionals in the digital healthcare industry. Not having found a proper solution he decided to develop a bot that can help the connection of these professionals.
Back a year ago, in the spring of 2016, there were way fewer resources about chatbots compared to now. So naturally, he had to dig deep in order to accomplish what he wanted. By the summer he accumulated a great amount of knowledge on this subject.
The creation of botscamp.co
In my opinion botscamp.co came naturally after that. He is good in connecting people, has experience in organizing events and has researched a lot about chatbots.
The reason for an online event is pretty simple. The world of chatbots and artificial intelligence is a very fast moving one. He organized the first botscamp in December. Since then there has been a lot of change already and it is only April. People shouldn’t wait another year for the next conference in order to update their state of knowledge on bots.
Also, Thomas wanted to create the conference so many people can attend it. No need to travel to the Swiss Alps as he said it. Interestingly, although the audience is quite comfortable with technology, on more occasion people have asked for closest airport and location details.
The conference itself has a chatbot supporting it. It is called sparky bot. His main task is to help discover new prospects for the quarterly events. It can be a bit of challenging to always collect new and quality people for the upcoming seminar. But it is not the only thing the conference chatbot can do. It also manages the registration to the different sessions. Inside the slack channel, you can private message sprkybot and it provides you with the appropriate links.
It is not the only chatbot that represents the friendly machines inside of the community. Donut.ai helps people to connect. It observes the activity and interest of the participants. Each week it creates new matches, two humans who are likely to have something to talk about. I may have been too passive, but it did not turn out to be a great success for me to be honest. But I can see how great it can be, so will try to be more active from now on.
Another initiative of the Swiss guy is a ranking system of the influential people in the bot and artificial intelligence space. It comes up with a weekly rank of influencers, according to their Klout Score. If you are unfamiliar with the Klout Score it is a number between 0-100 that represents the individual’s influence across the social media channels. A higher score indicates a higher level of influence.
Currently, the highest score is 85, the lowest is 63 in the top 100. Chatbot Tutorial got 13 out of 100 as I signed up quickly before the interview. Not sure why so high as I haven’t started posting yet. But yeah there is much room to improve for sure…
We briefly talk about health care bots and chatbots in different languages as well. I hope they will assist me one day understanding Swiss German 🙂
If you are interested in attending the event, you can just sign up under http://botscamp.co Even though it is on my birthday, I am going to be there @ every session, feel free to say hi if you see me in the chat.
If you would like to know more about chatbots and Messenger Marketing, sign up for my upcoming Webinar.