Bots (also called chatbots or virtual assistants) are computer programs that talk to you in a human voice, like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.
Eight finalists prepared demos in the challenge sponsored by Aleph VC, which invited Israeli entrepreneurs to build bot-based tools to help businesses with tasks such as fundraising, hiring, operations and market research.
“We believe that bots residing on messaging platforms like WeChat will change all or most of the human-computer [interaction] application programming model and that Israel should be leading that revolution,” explained Aleph VC Partner Eden Shochat.
Second place went to a bot built by ONDiGO of Tel Aviv, whose flagship product automatically updates enterprise cloud ecosystem Salesforce with relevant data from salespeople’s email and calendar. It’s used at companies such as PayPal, GM and Time Warner Cable.
Third place was won by Meekan of Tel Aviv, which makes a scheduling bot for use with the Slack calendar.