Challenge: NOS - Get personal news updates via chatbots

How would you like to get the news if you could choose?

As a Dutch public broadcaster of news we have the job to bring the news to everyone everywhere. This means the radio, TV and online at the places you visit. We bring the news to the widest public possible. With the rise of chatbots we are able to adjust the news to your personal needs and interests. How would you develop a chatbot that brings the news the way the audience wants? Facebook has launched its messenger chatbot API. Bots are tools that send live, automated messages or images into Facebook’s chat tool Messenger. For many users, it will be their first experience of interacting with an artificial intelligence. How can a news organization as the NOS make this bot of good use to add a personal flavor in our broadly distributed news? How does this API work and what can we do with it? We’d love to see your concepts, ideas and tests around this Chatbot.

Interesting read:
​• Example of existing bots:

Evaluation Criteria
• Added value of the bot next to our heavily used news app through a different communication style.
• Creates a personal interactive experience
• Fit with the news (delivers news via a messenger function)
• A sense of humor

Proces Criteria
In your concept think short paragraphs, offer the possibility to get to know more by adding a few paragraphs incl. a link to the contributing article. Or just skip the content and go to the next news item. Would you develop a bot that tells you whenever something interesting happens or does it give general news updates once a day? Does the bot focus on specific news topics e.g. the presidential elections in the USA or football updates?

• Jose de Vries, Product manager NOS Lab
• Charlotte Biskop, social media journalist
• Nando Kasteleijn, tech journalist

Technical Information​
Facebook API
​Access to 100 of our articles will be provided during the Challenge.

Visit the NOS & get the chance to attend one of our TV shows behind the scenes.

Jury:  Nando kastelijn, Jose de Vries, One of our developers (tbd) , social media redactie (tbd)​


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