In February join us at Runway East for 2 great talks on some popular topics right now. First up we take a look at Serverless PHP and then we tackle chatbots.

Wednesday 13th February 2019

The Bots Are Taking Over: Developing Conversational Agents With ChatScript and PHP
Talk by Ismael Velasco (40 minutes)

What's the deal with chatbots (estimated market value of USD $1.34 billion by 2024)? What are the advantages and disadvantages of machine learning vs rule based systems? Is the Singularity gonna wipe us out tomorrow? With little things like that out of the way, this talk will focus on introducing ChatScript, the gold standard in rule-based conversational NLP (natural language processing). I'll demo how to build a chatbot of increasing sophistication, and how to harness PHP to apply the chatbot functionality to a wide range of applications

20:00 Introduction to Serverless PHP
Talk by Rob Allen (50 minutes)

APIs and microservices are how we build modern web applications and serverless technologies make this easy. This session will show you how serverless applications are built and how you can leverage your PHP skills to build APIs of all shapes and sizes. We will cover how to use your current knowledge to build applications in PHP within Apache OpenWhisk or AWS Lambda, leveraging the API Gateway to build robust APIs quickly and easily. By the end of the session, you’ll be well placed to design and build your own applications that take full advantage of the power of serverless technologies.