We've been using Slack to communicate with each other for the first couple weeks of the class. Now it is time to build our very own Slackbot to add a fun, interactive component to the chat room. A Slackbot is an integration into Slack that can either respond to specific phrases that are mentioned in Slack or they can post things from outside of slack into a channel or private conversation. There are now entire startups built on top of Slackbots. For example, people have built Slackbots that let you hail an Uber from them or schedule meetings with different members of your team (where it searches your Google Calendar). One of the most popular Slackbot's lets people post random gifs based on phrases into a channel from Giphy.
Hubot is a robot that was created by GitHub, that enhances their company chat. Hubot can deploy their site, act as a source of fun comments, and also automate their daily tasks. It is powerful and can be extended in a way that developers can build whatever they want on top of it.