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Technology is no longer an insular department within a company, it's a thread that runs through every single industry in the world. We interview Digital Transformation Leaders in both the public and private sector in order to understand what their challenges are and which emerging technologies such as AI, chatbots, voice technology and blockchain etc could help tackle said challenges.

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We're interviewing Digital Transformation specialists across the country to find out how they're approaching their digital transformation process and how the use of AI, automation, machine learning and chatbot technology can help councils to save money, increase efficiencies and improve customer service.We were thrilled to invite Kieron McGhie, Strategic Transformation Workstream Lead at Barking and Dagenham Council onto The Botcast. After starting out as a labourer working on bridges all over Lancashire and becoming a qualified street mason, Kieron worked in councils for most of his life, either as a permanent employee or as a contractor. Not only has he worked for councils across the UK but also overseas in the likes of New Zealand where you lived with your family for 13 years. Kieron has helped generate vast savings by integrating 2 major councils with digital solutions resulting in them offering services online as well as being an influencer and significant contributor as part of 2 major digital platform roll outs with 2 large local authorities. As an experienced contractor who understands in depth the challenges that all local authorities face from a digital transformation perspective, we were excited to understand Kieron's birds eye view perspective on councils across the world in order to really understand challenges across the board. As well as talking about his wealth of experience, we also talk about which emerging technologies are set to change local authorities over the next decade. Lastly, Kieron gives some great advice on first steps for councils struggling to kick start their digital transformation process. If you need a helping hand on your Digital Transformation journey, you can contact Kieron here 👉ciukltd@gmail.com. As always, we love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. You can also find us at ⇢ intelagent.ai or email us at info@webuildbots.ai.Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
During this episode, we talk to Julien Simon, Global Technical Evangelist in AI & Machine Learning at AWS about what he's learnt over the past decade working as a CTO for a number of companies around the world and what his role as Global Technical Evangelist in AI & Machine Learning at AWS looks like.We ask Julien to expand on the different services AWS offer around infrastructure, AI and machine learning as well as discussing Amazon SageMaker which holds huge potential for developers. Julien provides some valuable insights into initial steps for developers if they're new to using AWS and we ask him to expand on how he envisions AI, ML and Automation continuing to enhance the buyers journey over the next decade. Lastly, we dig a little deeper into what emerging technologies he's most excited about as well as talking about re:MARS; Amazons invite only tech conference inspired by Mars!As always, we would love to hear what you’re enjoying, what you’re not and what you’d like to hear more of so please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
We're interviewing Digital Transformation specialists across the country to find out how they're approaching their digital transformation process and how the use of AI, automation, machine learning and chatbot technology can help councils to save money, increase efficiencies and improve customer service.We were thrilled to invite Alison Hughes, Assistant Director of ICT Strategic Partnerships onto The Botcast. Alison has built an exceptional network across the public sector and is a trusted advisor to many authorities on driving business change through the use of ICT and digital transformation. Alison heads up a unique relationship on behalf of the Bolton & Wigan Partnership which she tells us all about during this episode. She was also voted #2 Female Gov Tech Leaders 2018 and Top 30 Women In Tech Manchester - as you know, we're passionate about showcasing inspiring and pioneering women in technology so we are thrilled to call Alison a guest on The Botcast. We talk to Alison about the challenges that Wigan and Bolton Councils face, how they are planning to tackle these challenges using technology and how AI, machine learning, chatbots and voice activated devices could be integral to councils of the future. We also chat about their decision to outsource IT in a £47m contract in 2013 and how they go about storing and effectively utilising the data of 600,000 citizens plus much more!As always, we love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. You can also find us at ⇢ intelagent.ai or email us at info@webuildbots.ai.Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
#17 Tech Gets Its S3XY Back

#17 Tech Gets Its S3XY Back

2019-03-2800:50:38

At the end of each month, Lucy Hopkins, Digital Marketing Manager at We Build Bots and Craig Pugsley, Director and Creative Lead at StudioFlow explore the hottest tech news stories to hit the press that month. During this episode they discuss foldable phones, Nike's brand new self lacing Adapt BB, the release of Apples rumoured AirPods 2, how Elon Musk is bringing S3XY back with his Model Y, not to mention the shocking release of 'The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America' by The Verge.As always, we love to hear from you! We want to know what you’re enjoying, what you’re not and what you’d like to hear more of. Please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below.Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbotsThanks for listening :)
At the end of each month, Lucy Hopkins, Digital Marketing Manager at We Build Bots and Craig Pugsley, Director and Creative Lead at StudioFlow explore the hottest tech news stories to hit the press that month. During this episode they discuss the new Tesla Model 3, Ikea's plan to dominate the smart home market, the rejection of Amazon HQ2 in NYC plus much more!Botcast Listeners - We would love to hear what you’re enjoying, what you’re not and what you’d like to hear more of. Please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below.Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
As Part of International Women's Day, we are thrilled to release this very special episode of The Botcast with Cindy Rose OBE, CEO at Microsoft UK.Having interviewed a number of incredible women in the tech industry including Dr Zara Nanu, Lisa Matthews and Natalia Solnica, we are thrilled to call the UK's most powerful women in tech a guest on The Botcast also. Microsoft publicly commit to re-skilling people already working in the tech industry in areas such as the Cloud and AI - specifically in the public sector so we wanted to know what this looks like and how Cindy see's AI impacting the Government as a whole. We also talk about how with the potential of AI often comes unintended consequences and lastly we touch upon how AI is being used to address broader societal issues. As always, we love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. You can also find us at ⇢ intelagent.ai or email us at info@webuildbots.ai.Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
During this Botcast episode, we talk to Emma Jackson, Digital Programme Manager and Abigail Barton, Communications and Engagement Manager at Monmouthshire County Council. We Build Bots have been working with Monmouthshire County Council to develop their bilingual chatbot; Monty. Monmouthshire welcomed residents to ‘Love Digital’ on Friday, 25th January – St Dwynwen’s Day, the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day – with the launch of Monty which is available 24/7/365 on Monmouthshire’s website – monmouthshire.gov.uk – and via its Facebook messenger service – @MonmouthshireCC. Monty is the first local authority chatbot in Wales and is set to enhance Monmouthshire County Council’s digital experience. During this episode, they share how they have approached their digital transformation strategy, the key challenges they face as a council and how Monty is helping to combat these challenges. We also talk about what challenges they foresee for councils over the coming years and how they think chatbot technology and AI will help with these challenges. Lastly, we ask them what advice they would give to Councils who are wary about chatbot adoption. If you're a council interested in learning more about how chatbot technology could help you save money, increase efficiencies and transform your customer service, book a demo ⇢ wbb.intelagent.ai/book-a-demo or email us at info@webuildbots.ai.As always, we love to hear what you’re enjoying, what you’re not and what you’d like to hear more of so please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
During this Botcast episode, we talk to Natalia Solnica, Product Director at Beamly (https://www.beamly.com) who combine agile product and engineering with an integrated digital agency - all under one roof. We talk to Natalia about Beamly's work with top brands including Debenhams, Adidas, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Cover Girl, Rimmel and Max Factor as well as discuss the growth and evolution of chatbots and AR in the fashion and beauty industry.We talk about how chatbots are set to evolve from now until 2025 and Natalia offers words of advice to companies dubious about chatbot adoption. As always, we love to hear what you’re enjoying, what you’re not and what you’d like to hear more of so please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
#12 CES 2019

#12 CES 2019

2019-01-2300:45:00

At the end of each month, Lucy Hopkins, Digital Marketing Manager at We Build Bots and Craig Pugsley, Director and Creative Lead at StudioFlow explore the hottest tech news and this month it's all about CES 2019. They discuss how the major players in Voice showed up at CES and who came out on top, the best wearable tech applications and how practicality as apposed to novelty is key this year, how IOT has evolved from the Internet of Things to the Intelligence of Things thanks to AI, autonomous vehicles and of course LG and Samsung's impressive new TV releases that have got everybody talking. Plus much more!Botcast Listeners - We would love to hear what you’re enjoying, what you’re not and what you’d like to hear more of. Please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. We'd also really appreciate a review on iTunes so that we can get The Botcast in front of even more like minded people. Your support is always hugely appreciated! Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
During this Botcast episode, we talk to Kane Simms, Host of VUX World (https://vux.world/) about what he's learnt from interviewing voice specialists over the past 6 months. We also talk about voice search becoming the new organic search and whether voice search will be the death of SEO.We would love to hear what you’re enjoying, what you’re not and what you’d like to hear more of so please send your questions/ requests/ feedback to us via the Anchor.fm app directly or using #thebotcast on any of our social channels listed below. Twitter - @webuild_botsInstagram - @we_build_botsFacebook - @webuildbotsaiLinkedin - @webuildbots
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