By Aleisha McKeeby, Solutions Marketing & Innovation Manager
I enjoy the DIY Network. It’s not only a source of inspiration for cool projects for my husband and I to do around the house, but it’s a source of motivation too. There’s nothing quite like the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from taking something that once seemed too arduous, time consuming, and complex to do on your own – like the farmhouse style table we built a few months ago from scratch – and finding out with a little guidance and the right tools, it really wasn’t so bad after all.
Working in marketing at Kore.ai, I’ve always looked at our Bot Builder tool a lot like I looked at the array of lumber, drills, sanders, and wood stain sitting in my garage this spring: with bewilderment and a little fear. Sure, I’d spent hours in heady talks with our product engineers trying to learn the ins-and-outs of how the tool works and how an enterprise would go about building a chatbot, but I have no programming experience, so the idea of creating one from scratch seemed like more of a pipe dream than reality. But inevitably at the end of each conversation one of our engineers would say, “You know, you don’t need to know how to code to do this, you should get in there and build one yourself!” It seemed like the kind of half-hearted advice a friend would give, like “You should try this new workout program I’m doing!” We at Kore.ai always talk about how anyone can build a bot with our tool, so I finally figured I’m anyone. Why not? Let’s do it. Below are 5 things I learned taking my DIY spirit to chatbot development and the “after” video of my DIY effort.