Chatbots and voice assistants are two fast growing markets in digital storytelling. But writing a game, or a story, in the form of a conversation is a totally new skill to have.

How are voice recognition and AI (Artificial Intelligence) changing storytelling? What skills do you need to thrive in such market and how creative can you be?

disLAb has asked Tom Hewitson to show us what he is working on for Amazon Alexa and to introduce us to this fascinating new type of conversational storytelling.

Tom Hewitson is a freelance conversation designer that has created chatbots and voice assistants for some of the world's most iconic brands. Having trained as a journalist, and worked for the Daily Telegraph and Facebook, he is now head of his own company and quickly conquering a market that is expanding extremely quickly.

About “disLAB Presents…”

“disLAB presents” is a series of free encounters organised by the Digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB MA  at the University of Westminster.

If you are interested in digital journalism, interactive documentary, apps for social change, VR, educational video games or just digital communication, this series of encounters is for you. The aim is to invite students and media makers to join the conversation with practitioners, so that together we can act as a creative community.

disLAB challenges the use of digital media to do exciting storytelling. It is about being creative and becoming the storytellers of the future. For this, it is important to be exposed to current practices, be inspired by great makers, help each other and dare to innovate. By inviting successful digital storytellers to share their current projects and expertise in an informal setting, we hope to bridge the gap between industry and universities. Let’s help each other!

Register for this free event on Eventbrite.