Max Sklar

Marsbot: A Personal Assistant From Foursquare

Foursquare’s local recommendation engine uses a variety of machine learning and NLP techniques to select places for users in a city. This year we launched Marsbot, a new concept for delivering these recommendations in the form of text messages. With the recent focus in the industry on chatbots and text applications, this talk will cover how we are thinking about this change from a product perspective, and some of the lessons learned along the way.

Max Sklar is an engineer and data scientist at Foursquare. As part of the engineering team, Max focuses on using both machine learning and heuristics to develop new features and products. Over the last year, he has led the development effort of Marsbot, a bot that texts local recommendations to users based off of where they go in the real world. Max has spoken at a variety of conferences, universities, and meetups. He holds an M.S. in Information Systems from NYU, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale.

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