BBC Developers Win IBM Watson Bot Hack

The IBM Watson UK Hack challenged developers to build a bot that disrupts digital business. News Labs developers combined artificial intelligence and natural language processing to win the competition with wingBot — the Facebook Messenger automaton that’s smarter than your run-of-the-mill wingman.

My summer as a Google Fellow at the BBC

The Google News Labs Fellowship programme places students interested in journalism and technology at releavent news organisations across the UK. Fellow Liam Bolton, who is going into his final year at Leeds University, shares what he learned working with the Visual Journalism and BBC News Labs teams this summer.

News Labs at BBC World Service Hack

News Labs together with other BBC teams recently participated in the BBC World Service Hack. The hack was focused on the World Service 2020 project, which aims is to find the best ways to build the global reach of the World Service to half a billion people and increase access to news and information, with the help of new investment from the UK government.

Bots in News Labs

In 2016 news fashion nerdery, bots are everywhere. Some news organisations are investing heavily in automated writing, while others are delivering their content through an automated message-like User Interface. Bloomberg is placing a bigger bet that automation can streamline its news gathering and production processes, creating a team dedicated to the task. Facebook, Slack and Telegram opened up powerful APIs on which to build all kinds of new delivery methods. Even The Economist spotted the trend.