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Connected Lab to host hackathon to build chatbots for smart devices

Stephen Law   

Electronics Engineering IoT

Hackers will use IBM Watson IoT platform to enable people to interact with smart devices

Toronto-based connected software firm Connected Lab will host a smart device hackathon designed to encourage developers to create new experiences using conversational interfaces on the IBM Watson IoT Platform.

The IBM Watson IoT Platform allows people to securely and easily connect devices, from chips and intelligent appliances, to applications and industry solutions, and use cognitive services including natural language processing and machine learning for deep insights into hidden or “dark” data for innovation and transformation. The platform also provides the ability to analyze sensor data from billions of devices, to better forecast weather events, for example.

Developers will use IBM Watson IoT cognitive APIs


During the hackathon, developers will use IBM Watson IoT cognitive APIs and smart devices to create conversational interfaces like chatbots.

“People are excited about chatbots because they see the potential to interact with technology using conversational language,” said Damian McCabe, VP Engineering at Connected Lab. “As an IBM alumni, I’m excited about the potential of the IBM Watson’s cognitive capabilities including natural language processing and machine learning. At the hackathon, developers will use this powerful platform to build more human ways for people to use innovative technology.”

The IBM Watson IoT Platform opens up new possibilities in how we interact with services and our environment. “People will always use a few standalone apps. But a lot of information and services can be more easily accessed through a conversational interface rather than hundreds of app icons on your home screen,” said McCabe.

Conversational Interfaces & Smart Devices

The theme of the hackathon, “Conversational Interfaces and Smart Devices,” aligns with Connected Lab’s mission to build better connected software experiences. This hackathon encourages developers to access the IBM Watson IoT Platform cognitive analytics expertise to build applications that can understand meaning, extract insights, and respond to complex questions.

For more information or to register for the event, visit:

WHAT: Connected Lab Chatbots for Smart Devices Hackathon, Powered by IBM Watson IoT
WHEN: June 3rd to 5th, 2016
WHERE: Connected Lab Headquarters, 370 King St W. Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1J9


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