Lab Week, July 2016

Bots were

 the theme of this summer’s Lab Week here at CSV, and as usual, people delivered. While no one ventured into VR territory during the 5-day event, we had enough bot action to go around. The week was even kicked off with a visit from our friends at Slack who gave us some first-hand tips on building bots for slack.

Many teams spent Monday grouping up and crystalizing goals, then got to work. Things were pretty quite on Tuesday and Wednesday, but a late-night tour of our three floors on Thursday revealed many CSV Nightcrawlers hard at work preparing for Fridays’s demos.

The entries were impressive. All-told we saw 7 full demos at judgement time including an automated Pokemon app, an IOT/Amazon Echo controller, home automation control with both Slack and Facebook bots, a TV “bot-ler” that would help in the recommendation process, a redesign of XFINITY’s Watchathon promotion and a stunning way to visualize latency data.

Our three judges had their work cut out for them, as did the audience. In the end, we had our three winners. The Audience Choice award went to Slack and Facebook bots and their team of 12. Second place was snagged by team Watchathon and the highest honor, first place, went to TV Botler.

What a week!