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How to Build Bots for Facebook Messenger
18 March @ 14:00 - 17:00 CAT
Facebook and BongoHive invite you to a Bot Party! Learn how to make a Bot which can be entered in the Bots for Messenger Challenge!
Date: 18th March 2017
Location: BongoHive Technology and Innovation Hub
– Welcome & Opening Remarks
– Presentation 1. Introduction to the Bots for Messenger Challenge
– Presentation 2. Building Your Messenger Bot
– Presentation 3 + Hands On Learning.
– Messenger Bot Jam
*A bot is software that is designed to automate the kinds of tasks you would usually do on your own, like making a dinner reservation, adding an appointment to your calendar or fetching and displaying information. The increasingly common form of bots, chatbots, simulate conversation.*
BongoHive is proud to partner with Facebook to host the first Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge in Zambia.
Facebook is challenging developers across the Middle East and Africa to create innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. This aligns with Facebook’s commitment to promote innovation in the Middle East and Africa by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure products and services.
Facebook grew out of a hacker culture and thrives by promoting innovation on new platforms. That’s why Facebook is launching the Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.
Developers, in teams of up to three people, are invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good.
The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in each region) will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship and tools and services from FbStart (https://
The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in each region) will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship and tools and services from FbStart
All student teams who make it to the finals will win an additional $2,000 (students will be verified against their registration via their government accredited school email accounts).
For each region, three runner-up teams (one from each category) will win $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.
For each region, three winning teams (one from each category) will win $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.