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

Power Pack is now listed on the Depot!

Cisco Spark is an extremely powerful collaboration platform. Spark provides three core services, Messaging, Meeting, and Call. In addition to this, it has a full set of developer APIs that enable anyone to build Spark into their own business work flows or simply enhance the Spark capabilities based on their unique use cases.

Last year our team held a hackathon to promote these API capabilities. Ang Tan, Jim Matthews, and I came up with the concept of the Power Pack. Little did we know it would turn into such a useful tool not only inside Cisco but also for any Spark user and organization.

On November 2nd the Spark Depot was announced. The depot provides a catalogue Spark integrations and Spark bots that you can begin using today. We are very excited to announce that the Power Pack is now listed on the Spark Depot!

Head over to the Depot and take a look at Power Pack along with all the other useful tools being built for Spark!

– Brad