Evolving into deep drilling knowledge transfer — the botscamp

Thomas Schulz
May 20, 2017 · 3 min read

For the second botscamp.co on April 26th 2017 we wanted to reach the first qualitative target. About putting the didactic model behind the conference into action; the principle of deep drilling (Wagenschein 2013). The german physicist and pedagogue.

Martin Wagenschein focused in his work the area of specialized didactics. With his principle he explained the knowledge transfer from overload to the deep drilling.

From learning overload to the deep drilling according to Jahnke.

Explanations of the sketch (Jahnke 2007) ie. of the learning towers from left to right, from the behaviourism theory of learning to the principle of deep drilling and being a part of the constructivist learning theory. In other words: just deal with the constant huge information flow vs. explore the information at different sections by intense deep drilling experiences, leave the gaps.

  1. The system as a course, the execution machine, information overload, an impressive pile of gravel
  2. Installation of platforms, courage to have gaps, continuity with concentrations
  3. The exemplary procedure, the whole within the particular, it carrys/preserves/shines, it excites the remote by resonance
  4. Spontaneity, so far focused by object, integrate the child within the human, the platforms are the subject for concentrations too
  5. Entrance, it is not absolutely necessary to enter the tower down to the very bottom, from platform to platform

deep drilling about bots, AI and machine learning

Now with >800 members in our Slack community the information flow is rising. Like lots of traditional conferences the risk of information overload (see learning tower 1) is growing with the number of presentations, uncomfortable aulas, unrecognizable slides and maybe long travel combined with fatigue.

The botscamp provides a disruptive conference format:

  • 14 presentations at 15 minutes each, like info-snacks or deep drillings
  • A holistic approach of presenting bot makers, corporations, research and initiatives or special ops to provide diversified content instead of monotonous information chunk
  • 4 editions a year to provide more info-snacks according to contemporary developments
  • Participants will vote each time about the presentations they like to see acording the the speakers descriptions — a piece of participatory design

So, while maybe sitting comfortably at home, do a simple log-in instead of flying into the jet lag and follow the preferred content via livestream and having time later for the replays opens up a whole easier learning experience. (btw: just discovered Liam Hänel ♛ project lyr.ai which uses Typeform I visited this week in their Barcelona HQ)

botscamp facts at a glance

The online conference is growing at the same intensity the worldwide bot business is expanding. Providing the latest trends in the presentations, indentify the new big shots in the botworld via the own influencer ranking #bottish100 as delivering the lates news via @SprkyBot ie. @botscamp in Twitter.

Our achievements:

  • We started to be involved in the botworld April 2016
  • The next editions in 2017: June 29th, September 28th, December 7th
  • We stick to the holistic business focus
  • #bottish100 ranking — from a total of >1600 detected bot influencers we show the actual 100 bi-weekly
  • @SprkyBot works as a 24/7 Twitter assistant to publish details about companies and products
  • botshack is coming in summer 2017, stay tuned for news about this added activity
  • Out of the botscamp the pilot project @ShailaBot evolved into a healthbot undergoing evaluation in Swiss hospitals

Of course our RoadMap has quantitative goals too. But we strive for an effectively knowledge transfer as well. Maybe even more.


We look forward to provide you soon again the latest developments in our botscamp 3 on June 29th, starting 5pm CET time Barcelona/Zurich.

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Thomas Schulz, Founder botscamp


Wagenschein M (2013) Verstehen lehren: Genetisch — Sokratisch — Exemplarisch. 2nd ed. Weinheim. Beltz. ((Understanding teaching: genetic, socratic, generic))

Jahnke T (2007) Proseminar “Einführung in die Mathematikdidaktik”. Potsdam. Institute for Mathematics, University of Potsdam. ((From the introductory seminar course “Introduction to mathematicsdidactics”))

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