Enter VentureBeat's International Botathon!
Here's why you should apply:
- 2 days of coding your bot to present to experts judges, and then to a crowd of 700+ MobileBeat attendees!
- Showcase your bot at a booth at MobileBeat!
- Get featured on VentureBeat!

WHAT VentureBeat is hosting the first ever international botathon, held as part of MobileBeat 2016.
This AI-centric competition features top AI devs developing chatbot prototypes, and competing against fellow participants at simultaneous botathons taking place around the world.

WHY AI is improving - rapidly - and so are the quality and usability of bots; take part and create a prototype for the next big wave of this emerging AI tech.

WHERE? In 6 cities (see below) and online for all the others!

WHAT TO EXPECT
At the kickoff of the event, all participants with bot ideas will be invited to pitch their ideas, and/or show any work-in-progress for bots that they may have.

A bot with pre-existing code may be used but it must be disclosed at the kick-off of the event. Judges will base their judging only on features added/built during the event.

Following idea pitches, participants will be invited to form teams of 1-3 persons. Once teams are formed, coding will commence. Coding will cease the following day at approx. 4pm, when teams prepare to demo their bot prototypes and have their work judged.

JUDGING CRITERIA - Submissions will be judged on the following:
Execution - How well was it built?
Innovation - Is it creative and novel?
Market Potential - Is there potential?
Usability - Is it easy to use?

PRIZES
1 finalist from each city and one to two online finalists will:
- Present in front of MobileBeat'16 audience
- Pitch your bot in front of the top minds in the industry.
- Shared Booth space at MobileBeat'16

3 Grand Prize winners:
- Demo in front of MobileBeat audience
- Write up on VentureBeat!
- The winner will have their own featured writeup on VentureBeat!

The Grand Prize team will be announced at the closing ceremony, and will then get the opportunity to demo their bot in front of the entire audience.

*1 winner will be chosen from each of the three voting categories: 1. Judging Panel / 2. Online Popular Vote / 3. Attendee Voting

SCHEDULE
July 8: Botathon application deadline.
July 9-10: multi-city and online botathon event.
July 10: Teams demo their work to judges. One finalist team per city and one to two online finalists will advance to the next stage.
July 11-13: All the selected teams will be submitted to online public voting.
July 12-13: The finalist teams will remotely present in front of the MobileBeat 2016 audience. The finalist teams will get a booth at MobileBeat. MobileBeat attendees, judges and online voters will vote for the winner.
July 13: The winning teams will be announced at the closing party and remotely present a demo in front of all attendees.
NB: there are two options for the finalist teams to attend MobileBeat: either in-person or through a telepresence robot.

Botathon Date: July 9 & 10, 2016
MobileBeat Date: July 12 & 13, 2016
Event Address: locations will be shared in a few weeks.
Contact us at: baptiste@venturebeat.com

If you don't see your city in the list, no worries! We are running an online Botathon at the same date. Email baptiste@venturebeat.com so that I can add you to the Slack Channel. The online Botathon will start running on Saturday at 9am PST. Demo will be at 5pm PST.

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