Pre-Conference Workshops

Alexa, How Do I Build a Chatbot?

Chatbots introduce a whole new way for users to interact with your websites. A good chatbot can save your users from long and complicated forms, cut down on support requests, and make your services more approachable.

If you’ve ever wondered how to build a chatbot, then this session is for you. You will:

  • Dive into the core concepts of what makes a chatbot.
  • Learn how to employ Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to create a conversation flow that feels 100% natural.
  • Look at a variety of possible conversations and challenges that go with them.
  • Build a chatbot that can be deployed to a digital assistance like Amazon Alexa!

But more importantly, you will learn how to build a fully functioning chatbot in just a few hours, and all without a single IF statement.


Just a laptop! Every attendee will receive a free Amazon Echo device.


This is a full day workshop running from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, November 11th. The workshop will take place at the Progress office at 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA.

Progress will provide a shuttle from the Seaport Hotel at 8:00 AM Monday morning, lunch at mid-day, and a return shuttle to Seaport at the conclusion of the workshop.

Maximum of twenty (20) participants, leading to a low attendee/presenter ratio.



Sebastian Witalec

Senior Developer Advocate at Progress


Stanimira Vlaeva

Developer Advocate at Progress