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Google Assistant: Interactions & Sentiments aiding Customers & Businesses with Amanda Cavallaro

We’re gearing up for our next Front Endgineers event this November. At the event, we’ll be joined by two guest speakers; Amanda Cavallaro (@chibichibibr) will present her talk ‘Google Assistant: Interactions and Sentiments aiding Customers and Businesses’,  plus Tara Ojo (@tara_ojo) will present ‘Junior.next()’

Ahead of the event we chatted to Amanda to find out a bit more about what we can expect from her talk and who’ll benefit the most from it. For those of you who don’t know Amanda, she’s a software developer, passionate about Cloud technologies, Human Computer Interactions and conversational apps. She works at resolver.co.uk and is a Women Techmakers Lead and Community Organiser at GDG Cloud London. She’s also only the second female GDE (Google Developer Expert) for Actions on Google in the world.

You can speak to her in Portuguese, English, Italian and a little Japanese.  Her personal website is: amanda.ml

Who do you think should come along and why?

There are no prerequisites to attend; whether you’re a business or an individual customer this talk is for you. Everyone, no matter their background, is welcome to attend!

What do you think are the three most interesting questions that this event will answer?

How can Dialogflow help users and businesses?

How could I use this tool for home automation?

How can I create conversational actions without a single line of code?

Why do you think this presentation is important for people?

The application of conversational technologies can improve our lives down to the smallest detail, and also make technology more inclusive for people, even in ways we wouldn’t immediately think of.

For instance, we can facilitate an interaction where an older person could turn on the TV through a voice command, rather than finding a tiny button on a remote control.

These technologies also lend themselves well as a tool to support the improvement of mental health. For example, imagine building voice applications as a first step to simulate interactions with kids affected by pathologies of the autism spectrum, who need stimuli but feel uncomfortable or threatened by human interactions.

Technology in this century is the great equaliser, the tool that can give anybody a chance to turn their potential in reality, so I want to help anyone, regardless of their background or situation, to have a shot at growth and success. People with different backgrounds, viewpoints, skills and knowledge make a better product.

Any advice for junior developers entering the industry?

I’d say learn how to study, model and understand the problem and then try to code it – ask why and what if. Try to practice as much as you can, not just learning the theory, but challenging yourself.

I’d also add to that, knowing how the theory works really well is way more beneficial than knowing any specific language. In addition, there are problems that don’t have an optimal solution and problems that (most likely) don’t have a solution that will perform above a certain threshold.

Here’s a text I’ve written, ‘Inspiring girls and women to raise their interest in Science and technology’, sharing some of my experiences as a junior developer:

https://medium.com/@amdcaruso/inspiring-girls-and-women-to-raise-their-interest-in-science-and-technology-ebfc995943ca5

If you’re not already signed up and you’d like to come along, the event is happening on Thursday 15th November, 18:30 @ Skills Matter, EC2M 7EB. You can find the full details and RSVP here.

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