A team from Naresuan University competed at the LINE Boot Awards in Tokyo, Japan on 10 November 2018 and were awarded winners of the Business category award for their chatbot “nila”.
Following their earlier success as winners of LINE HACK Thailand 2018 in Bangkok (https://hackth.line.me), the team were invited to represent Thailand at LINE’s biggest ever developer event, the “LINE Boot Awards” (https://www.line-community.me/awards), competing against 24 finalists selected from 1,125 projects from Japan and across Asia.
The team – Charles Allen (lecturer, Faculty of Business, Economics, and Communication), Antony Harfield (lecturer, Faculty of Science), Somjintana Korbut (NU Alumni), and two friends – presented an updated version of their “nila” chatbot, originally developed in just 2-days at the LINE HACK hackathon. “nila”, which stands for “Naturally InLINE Agile”, is a personal assistant for software teams, inspired by the team’s experience working in the software industry.
Charles and Antony, who can be regularly found attending Bangkok developer events in their free time, highlighted their roles as educators as the key motivation for competing. “Software engineering is a rapidly moving industry. We feel a responsibility to our students to ensure the most relevant education, and we think the best way to keep up with the latest trends is to practice them ourselves.”
The pair, along with NU Alumni Somjintana, hope that their example can inspire the local technology community in Phitsanulok, especially students at Naresuan University. “The most important thing is to get involved. Start a project. Build something.”
The team is planning to promote their message in the new year through a series of tech talks, as part of the “Tech Together” technology community, followed by a hackathon aimed at local Phitsanulok developers and students.
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