Mumbai based Haptik Infotech Pvt Ltd, in collaboration with T-Labs has announced to launch India’s first Botathon.

The purpose of this Botathon is to foster innovation through developer creativity and to recognise those creations.

“It’s no surprise that when people put their heads together, bounce ideas off each other and work in a community spirit – the results are exceptionally interesting and who knows, we might come up with solutions to solve some of the biggest problems,” as stated in the company’s blog post.

According to a statistics revealed by Facebook, there are already 34,000 bots built for Messenger that allow users to buy anything from flowers to airplane tickets or get customer support.

As of now, none from the existing bot brigade can claim to achieve a perfect product-market fit.  However, Haptic team believes that with the change being so transformative, it will take time for people to get used to chatbots.

“We, as developers, are all currently in experimentation mode – building things on the go and seeing what works. Same goes with the platforms – Facebook is rolling out new tools by the day, Google with Allo is still very new, and WhatsApp has still not opened up the platform. But ultimately when all these pieces fall into place, chatbots will replace the need to have apps with infrequent use cases. Apps should only be built for things which pass the “toothbrush test” – for everything else, chatbots represent a better interface.”

It will be a two day hackathon on December 10-11, 2016 at the T-Labs Office in Bengaluru. The participants will have to build conversational bots over platforms such as Facebook, Slack, SMS, or any other medium of their choice.

The application and other details are available here. Those who are interested can apply here.

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