Developer Circles London is proud to announce a hackathon that is focused on building conversational AI for Facebook Messenger. This is a two day Hackathon that will take place at the Facebook HQ in London where you will be able to brainstorm, create and hack alongside experts from Facebook! 

The goal of this Hackathon is to build intelligent chatbots on the Messenger Platform by the use of a PyTorch back-end.

The solution can cover any (useful) area of modern life. There are only two requirements:

  • Make the bot accessible through the Messenger Platform (in addition feel free to add other channels if you desire)
  • Let PyTorch power a significant part of the bot's intelligence.

If you’re not familiar with either Messenger Chatbots or PyTorch, fear not! We’ll make sure to prepare you by sending relevant training materials ahead of time and we will provide workshops and guidance throughout the event.

How can you merge PyTorch & Messenger to create a cool idea?

This is really up to you and your imagination. We are hoping to see all sorts of inventive ideas that mix the abilities of machine learning and messenger. We are intentionally trying not to give you too much guidance as we don’t want to influence your creativity! However, just to make it a little bit easier, here is one of the ideas that one of the teams will be working on:


I walk past a historical statue or a building and I want to know more info about it.


The ability to take a picture of the object using messenger and analyse it using machine learning so we can surface useful information about it to the user.

Hackathon Sponsors


£568 in prizes

First Prize - Oculus Quest

Best in Show Winner (highest overall score): One (1) Oculus Quest – ARV $399 USD per Team member, maximum five (5) prizes per team.

Second Prize

Second Best in Show (second highest overall score): One (1) Facebook Portal ARV $129 USD per Team member, maximum five (5) prizes per team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:



This hackathon is open to both software developers and people in tech. We encourage non-software developers to participate, especially if you have a great idea that you think is worth creating! We can help you find a team of developers that can help you execute the idea.


No! Throughout the Hackathon you will be able to attend sessions and workshops to learn from the Facebook employees about both of the technologies. We are also going to send you materials ahead of time to help you prepare. 


You can sign up as an individual or as a team. At the time of signing-up please let us know if you would like to be matched with a team or if you are a team that is looking for additional members.  Once you sign-up we will get in touch to help you get you matched! 


Laura Lebovic

Laura Lebovic

Sebastian Kotur

Sebastian Kotur
Curvestone CTO & DEV C LEAD

Markus Brunner

Markus Brunner
Partner Engineer at Facebook

Francisco Massa

Francisco Massa

Anaïs Chetrit

Anaïs Chetrit

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea (30%)
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea.
  • Implementation of the Idea (50%)
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and the extent to which PyTorch and Messenger were leveraged.
  • Potential Impact (20%)
    How much impact the product could have in its stated strategy.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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