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.
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 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.