roomRequest Spark Bot – for all!

What started out as an idea for a hackathon, has become a very useful tool inside Cisco. Not only is it a great demo, but it saves a ton of time. Anyone that has to schedule conference rooms in a corporate environment will understand the pain of trying to find an available room that is the right size and in my case, has video conferencing capabilities. roomRequest is a Cisco Spark bot that interfaces with Microsoft Exchange to determine what rooms are free and allows the user to easily book the room of their choice right from Spark. Since this is a bot, it can be done from the Spark desktop app, web browser, or even mobile application.

Ever since we released this inside of Cisco, I have been asked, “My customer loved that bot, can they get the code?”. Since it was written very quickly for the hackathon, I never intended for the code to be easily reused. After enough requests, I finally sat down and refactored everything. Hopefully customers will find this code simple to deploy and customize for their one environments. Here are some screenshots of the bot in action.

New users can type "Help" for guidance.
New users can type “Help” for guidance.
Booking Conversation – The bot will ask questions until it has gathered up all the details to lookup available rooms.
Single Shot Request
Single Shot Request – Once the user is familiar with the required fields, a request can be made with a single message!

To learn how to deploy roomRequest for your own organization, click here

If you have any questions or suggestions on making roomRequest better, let me know!

– Brad

4 Replies to “roomRequest Spark Bot – for all!”

  1. This blog is really good. If we want to do a similar sparkbot for our organisation where the Spark communicate with the our CUCM server. I would love to know how or where I need to host the code which can be access both the public (for spark) and the internal CUCM server.

  2. This bot is really great! good example of productivity improvement. How does it get Cisco buildings information?New offices are not considered

    1. The buildings are pulled from a database created for the bot. As buildings are added and removed, the database has to be manually updated.

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