My Talks in 2020

This year I try to concentrate more on specific feminist events due to my work at Women And Code and Feed The Troll.

The following conferences / workshops / meetups are planed:

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Women And Code Workshop on 31.1.

My talks in 2019

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This year I’d like to speak at less event and focus only on a few special one. This is because I founded Women And Code which limits my free time to speak at conferences! womenandcode.org is an event series where we introduce women* to programming. Check it out here!

This year the following conferences / meetups are planed:

And yet there is more to come…

Last year I was also quite busy speaking publicly.

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Top 10 Ultimate meaningful gifts

This might come a bit as a shock but I’m an atheist :-O (always was, raised that way) and I simply don’t celebrate X-Mas. If you do, please keep in mind to invest in some MEANINGFUL gifts for your family and friends!

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Ultimate meaningful gifts collection:
(everything also last minute available, you can buy everything online!

  1. Intensive-Workshop for Programming Voucher with Women And Code in cooperation with Business Riot Series
  2. Feminist book “No More Bullshit” by Sorority
  3. Wine Box by g’schickter wein Lucia Lagger
  4. Photography workshops by Cliff Kapatais
  5. Expat Magazine Metropole Subscription by Maggie Childs
  6. IT Book “Understanding SEO” by Franz Enzenhofer
  7. Feminist Magazine An.Schläge Subscription
  8. Online Seminar “Bitcoin & Co sicher nutzen” or IT Book “Bitcoin & Co” by Anita Posch
  9. SciFi Book “Ran[s/d]om Death” by Klaudia Zotzmann-Koch
  10. DIY Workshop at werksalon by Antoinette Rhomberg

 

Feel free to share!

My talks in 2018

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Hamburg

This year I already talked at:

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Krakow

 

And there is yet more to come…

Last year I was also quite busy speaking publicly.

Howto: AWS beanstalk custom subdomain with HTTPS

How to configure my (tomcat) webapp running on AWS elastic beanstalk with an SSL certificate available at my custom subdomain https://mysubdomain.chatbotsagency.com/healthcheck

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Why AWS?
– you can host your (tomcat) webapp on AWS beanstalk for free*
– you get a free SSL cert from AWS
– Problem: no HTTPS on elastic beanstalk URLs by default

Why not Heroku?
– Heroku has HTTPS out of the box, but…
– Heroku is super nice when building directly from github, but if you need some custom modifications or have a custom build process, beanstalk is more flexible

Needed steps for configuration:

Steps

1. create new SSL cert for HTTPS (via AWS, it’s free!)
– for e.g. “mysubdomain.chatbotsagency.com”
+ validation via email
-> create new free SSL certificate for your custom subdomain

2. setup app (e.g. tomcat webapp) at beanstalk
– during setup: set custom domain “Environment settings” – Name & Domain
-> setup new beanstalk environment at http://mysubdomain.us-west-2.elasticbeanstalk.com
– opt. check webapp with URL http://mysubdomain.us-west-2.elasticbeanstalk.com/healthcheck (tomcat apps runs on /healthcheck)

3. setup subdomain forwarding at your own domain provider
– CNAME mysubdomain.chatbotsagency.com -> mysubdomain.us-west-2.elasticbeanstalk.com
-> app runs at: http://mysubdomain.chatbotsagency.com
– opt. check webapp with URL http://mysubdomain.chatbotsagency.com/healthcheck

4. my beanstalk environment: configure LB
– configure – scaling -> load balancing: enable

5. my beanstalk environment: configure HTTPS
– Network Tier – Load Balancer
– Secure listener port: 443
– SSL certificate ID: pick your new SSL cert “mysubdomain.chatbotsagency.com”
– “Apply”

6. opt. beanstalk configure SSL for direct access
– configuraion – instances – EC2 key pair

7. EC2 instance – adapt security group, add ports
– add 80 (http), 22 (ssh), 443 (https)
– opt. 8080, 8443 (tomcat)
– opt 3306 (mysql)

My webapp runs on beanstalk (tomcat) with an SSL cert to my custom subdomain:
-> https://mysubdomain.chatbotsagency.com/healthcheck


* if eligable AWS EC2 free tier

Upcoming talks in 2017

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My talk at the CodeMotion Rome conference

This year I already talked at:

  • Talk – Bots Berlin Meetup – 1.2.2017 – Berlin
  • Talk – AICR – 23.1. – Vienna
  • Podium – DerBrutkasten Roundtable – 16.3. – Vienna / Online
  • Talk – Digitalk / Digital Society – 15.3. – Vienna

Upcoming confirmed tour dates:

  • TV Discussion – W24 Spezial – „Medien 4.0 – Wiens Blogger- & Youtube-Szene“
  • Talk – CodeMotion Rome – 24.3. – Rome
  • Panel discussion MobileMonday #34 – 27.3. – Vienna
  • Talk – Copenhagen Bot Meetup – 30.3. – Vienna
  • Lecture – FH Joanneum – 11.4. – Graz
  • Talk – ELEVATE – 20.4. – Vienna
  • Panel discussion – Pizza Beer Mobile – 25.4. – Vienna
  • Talk – BotBarcamp.wien – 29.4. – Vienna
  • Interview – Brutkasten – 29.4. – Vienna Online
  • Breakout-Session „Digitales Marketing & eCommerce“ – „The Digital Enterprise“ conference – 4.5. – Vienna
  • Talk – Linuxwochen – 5.5. – Vienna
  • Talk – TechSummit – 11.5. – Bratislava
  • Talk – Disrupt Cyprus Meetup – 16.5. – Cypus
  • Talk – London Tech Week TechXLR8 – 14.6. – London
  • Non-stop pitching ;) at the GIN goHongKong program – 19.6.-10.7. – Hong Kong / China / Taiwan
  • Podium Discussion – Chatbot Summit – 26.6. – Berlin
  • Talk “Anatomy Of Chatbots Users Will Love” – Bots-Meetup-Oslo – 5.7. – Oslo (remote)
  • Podium Chatbot Q&A – 4.9. – sektor5, Vienna
  • Panel – The Chatbot Conference – 12.9. – San Francisco
  • Round Table – „Frauen in der Start-up Welt“ – 13.9. – Wien
  • Ö1 Radio Punkt Eins Social Bots – 20.9. – Wien
  • Austrian Chinese Business Association – 20.9. –  Wien
  • Podiumsdiskussion “Frauensache IT” – 27.9. Wien
  • Talk – The BACKEND Talks – 28.9. – Vienna
  • Talk “Developing Cross-Platform Chatbots” – Developer Circle Vienna – 2.10. – Vienna
  • Virtuelle Zukunftstrends – 3.10. – NJoy Radio (German)
  • Talk “Probleme mit E-Voting” – Privacy Week – 28.10. – Vienna
  • PodiumFuturezone Days “Künstliche Intelligenz” – 9.11. – Vienna
  • AI Panel, BAI Themenabend – Bank Gutmann – 15.11. – Vienna
  • Talk – Symposium “Meet the Bot. Feed the Bot” – 16.11./17.11. – Linz
  • Panel/Seminar “Start me up Monday: Chatbots” – FH Technikum – 4.12. – Vienna

My C​onferences 2016

This year I gave a bunch of different talks, mainly on these three topics:

  • Ionic & AngularJS
  • Chatbots
  • E-Voting

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Speaking at the WebClearks Meetup

Here you’ll find a list of the 20 meetups and  conferences I was talking at:

– Vienna 12.12. Panel Discussion Female Founders

– Online 7.12. BotsCamp “Lessons learned creating a virtual personality” Video Slides

– Riga 1.12. DevTernity “Insights into Chatbot Development – Implementing Cross-Platform Chatbots” Video Slides

– Wien 28.11. CryptoParty Meetup “Risiken von E-Voting” Slides

– Wien 24.11. Vienna Valley Meetup “Chatbots vs. Apps – An Overview” Slides

– Wien 5.11. DevFest “Insights into Chatbot Development – Implementing Cross-Platform Chatbots” Video Slides

– Brussels 1.11. Startup Live Seminar “The Austrian Chatbot Ecosystem” Slides

– Wien 27.10. Privacy Week “Data Security And Privacy Of Chatbots” Video Slides

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– Wien 24.10. Web Clerks Meetup “Best Practices At Implementing A Cross Platform Chatbot” Slides

– Austin 28.9. Talkabot “A Success Story – Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot” Video Slides

– Linz 11.9. Ars Electronica “Chemistry of Intelligence” (Panel) Video

– Wien 19.7. Austrian Startup Stammtisch (Panel) “Product Launch – the first step in rocket science”

– Wien 28.6. Demo Night Meetup (Show Case / Demo)

– Wien 24.6. Vienna Bots Meetup “A Success Story – Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot”

– Berlin 13.7. TOA Satelite Meetup (Podium Pascale)

– Wien 11.5. AngularJS Meetup “Simple Mobile Development With Ionic” Slides

– Wien 27.4. ViennaJS Meetup “Simple Mobile Development With Iconic” Video Slides

– Bratislava 17.3. Rubyslava Meetup “From Java to AngularJS (without pain)” Video

– JQuery 5.12. Conf Berlin “From Java to AngularJS (without pain)” Slides

Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot on Tour

Lately I got a little bit PR for Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot, but I also attended a couple of meetups with my new chatbot:

Vienna Bots Meetup #2

On 24.6. I was presenting Mica as a showcase at the 2nd Bots Meetup in Vienna.

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BotsHackathon Vienna

One day later at the first BotsHackathon I was mentor / couch / judge.

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Coaches & Team of the Bots Hackathon

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Finishing ceremony

 

 Austrian Startups Stammtisch

On 19.7. I’m going to present at the Austrian Startups Stammtisch in Sektor5.

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Further upcoming Tour Dates:

Simple Mobile Development With Ionic

At the We Are Developers conference (13.4.2016), at the ViennaJS Meetup (27.4.), and at the AngularJS Vienna Meetup (11.5.) I was presenting my talk “Simple Mobile Development With Ionic”.

I presented Ionic as a hybrid mobile development framework (with a hands on experience @ AngularJS Vienna) and show-casing the app development of LIKE A HIPSTER.

 

Abstract of the Talk

Ionic is the beautiful, open source front-end SDK for developing hybrid mobile apps with web technologies. By building only one single AngularJS web app with Cordova extensions you can deliver up to 8 different native mobile apps. With this talk I will give you an overview about the features of this framework.

Create mobile apps with the web technologies you love.

Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS CSS components, gestures, and tools for building highly interactive apps. Built with Sass and optimized for AngularJS.

 

We Are Developers Conference

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Intro on the Conference Page

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Speaking at the We Are Developers Conference

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The Audience: 500 Devs

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Key Note at the We Are Developers Conference

ViennaJS Meetup

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The Challenge: LIKE A HIPSTER

There is also a video of the talk from the ViennaJS

 

AngularJS Meetup

My Slides @ Slideshare

 

What’s next?

As speaker I’m going to have a talk at the DevFest in Vienna in November and I’m going to speak at a conference in Berlin.

Upcoming Babe Tour Dates:
– November 2016 DevFest Conference; Vienna
– October 2016 Berlin

So stay tuned :)

Launch of Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot

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A week ago I launched Mica on Product Hunt. Mica, the Hipster Cat is one of the first bots that got approved by Facebook to run on the brand new Facebook Messenger platform that helps you discover hip venues. You can talk to Mica here 😼.

What is a Chat Bot?

A Chat Bot is a (ro)bot that is programmed to talk to you and answer requests. The topic depends on the business’ focus and could be a weather forecast bot, (online-)shop assistant bot, or a hotel reservation bot, but in our case it’s a venue recommendation bot.

Poncho, a weather bot, on Facebook Messenger (left) and The Economist bot on Line app (right)

Bots could also replace regular services of bigger companies such as service hotlines or FAQs, which would lead to massive cost savings.

You don’t need to install a specific app to use a bot because it is integrated in the chat provider infrastructure such as Messenger, WhatsApp or Telegram.

Meet Mica

I love fancy coffee shops and restaurants! I spend lots of time hanging out in them, meeting friends or working, and I have my own favorite hipster locations where I know the coffee and vibe is just perfect. So I thought it would be great fun to have a chat bot that shares my love for good coffee and food that can be asked for recommendations worldwide.

This way whenever I want to try a new café or when I travel somewhere, I know, I can ask my trusted companion about her suggestions.

Here are a few screenshots that illustrate how interacting with Mica feels like:

Mica on Android

You can send her your location as city name or Facebook Messenger attachment and you can also use some basic chat phrases such as”Hello”, “How are you?” or “Thank you”

Mica on iOS

Since the Messenger platform is platform-independent Mica can also be used in the browser itself:

Mica in a browser

Mica on Product Hunt

So how did the Product Hunt launch go? Quite well actually! Since Mica is a fairly simple bot I did not expect that it would get a lot of attention. But I clearly underestimated the Product Hunt community’s enthusiasm for cats and coffee.

User comment on Product Hunt

What happened since the launch?

  • #1 in the Product Hunt category Facebook and Travel
  • Over 2.500 hipster location recommendations given
  • 400 funny cat pics sent

#1 on Product Hunt

Key learnings about the Facebook Messenger Platform

Building a bot for the Facebook Messenger platform was way easier than I expected. It just took me two afternoons to get to a simple proof of concept. Now that Mica is white-listed 900 million users of Facebook Messenger can get coffee shop and restaurant recommendations without having to go to any app store. They can just directly interact with Mica.

This might not sound like a huge deal but just a few months ago I also built location based recommendation apps for iOS and Android. One big adoption barrier for apps is that you have to get people to the app store to download your app. If your app is not mission critical this is even more difficult. The whole process of downloading apps is quite complicated for many people. It often means they might have to enter a password or figure out how to free up storage by deleting other apps. Because of that some people don’t use any apps apart from what comes pre-installed or what other people helped them to get onto their phone.

By building on top of the Messenger platform a lot of adoption barriers suddenly disappear.

Another key learning for me was that most people are still quite unfamiliar with the idea of a bot within chat platforms (yet). Most people expect that they have to download an app and are very surprised about the fact that they can just directly send messages to Mica. I’m curious how fast bots will become mainstream.

What’s next?

I’m currently working on a Telegram bot to cover its users too — they recently announced to serve 100M monthly active users.

These are quite exciting times, building one of the first bots feels a bit like building the first mobile applications back in the day when the app stores where still empty. If you haven’t yet I’d encourage you to try some bots and think about what kind of bot you would build.

So keep in touch and chat! :)


Try me: http://m.me/hipstercatbot ;) (click!)

Note: No app install needed, everyone with a Facebook account can chat with me! Just tell me your city!


ps. I’ve uploaded some screenshots of Mica and the other bots here.


 

Originally posted on Medium