Watch Fb’s F8 convention right here, plus what to anticipate

Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

Chatbots, Stay video, and VR know-how are all on the docket for Fb’s F8 developer convention, and you may watch the livestream right here at 9:30am PST with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote beginning at 10am. There’ll even be extra streamed periods all day as we speak and tomorrow.

Right here’s the complete schedule for the stream:

Day 1 (April 12)

  • 10AM PT: Keynote
  • 12PM PT: Messenger: Connecting Individuals and Companies
  • 12:30PM PT: Rising Your Enterprise with Fb Pages
  • 1PM PT: Onboarding and Account Administration for Apps
  • 2PM PT: Creating Worth for Information Publishers and Readers on Fb
  • 3PM PT: Deeper Insights with Fb Analytics for Apps

Day 2 (April thirteen)

  • 10AM PT: Keynote
  • 12PM PT: The Know-how Behind 360 Video
  • 1PM PT: Optimizing 360 Video for Oculus
  • 2PM PT: Leveraging Fb as a Platform for eCommerce
  • 2:30PM PT: Constructing iOS Tooling at Fb Scale

Whereas Fb is tight-lipped about precisely what can be revealed in the present day, we’ve heard from sources some confirmed launches in addition to a number of rumors. Right here’s a couple of issues to observe for:


Messenger Chatbot APIs – Fb will launch instruments permitting builders to construct automated response brokers for Messenger, a number of sources affirm. This follows our scoop from February that Fb had given some builders a Chat SDK for constructing bots. These bots might substitute 1-800 numbers, offering customer support over chat, and use synthetic intelligence to ship ecommerce, information, content material, and different experiences.

Reside Chat APIs – Even when you’re speaking to a human buyer help agent, Fb needs you to do it on Messenger fairly than a enterprise’ web site. A number of supply affirm Fb will launch developer instruments for constructing “Message Us” buttons for net and cellular websites that push customers to Messenger the place companies can use enterprise software program to effectively reply to requests.

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Information Over Messenger – Fb plans to permit information publishers to distribute content material by way of Messenger, Advertising Land first reported and we’ve since had sources affirm.

Advertising Over Messenger – Fb plans to unlock promoting alternatives in Messenger in Q2 2016, based on a presentation despatched by Fb to a prime model on its platform. Although we haven’t confirmed it will launch at F8, Fb does have a breakout session on the convention devoted to “Messenger: Connecting Individuals And Companies” hosted by Frerke-Malt Feller, a part of the Messenger Monetization group…which is fascinating as a result of Messenger has by no means been monetized instantly.


Reside Video Manufacturing Instruments – Fb has been engaged on methods for media publishers to make use of skilled video modifying software program to handle and improve Stay movies, we’ve heard. That would embrace methods for publishers to modify between totally different video feeds or digital camera angles whereas sustaining a single Stay broadcast. Fb might additionally permit publishers to make use of skilled videography hardware, The New York Occasions reported. It’s already paying publishers to broadcast on Reside as an alternative of their very own websites.

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New Methods To Ship Advertisements –  We’ve heard speak that Fb will announce partnerships to make it simpler for small companies to create video advertisements.

VR Seize Know-how – Fb’s F8 information cryptically features a session on “VR Seize Know-how” about “The hardware and software program engineering required to convey this new and thrilling know-how to life”. Although it’s unclear what tech it’s speaking about precisely, the session is led by Brian Cabral who works on “superior computational imaging tasks” for Fb and Oculus. In September Fb revealed a brand new strategy to shrink the dimensions of 360 video information through the use of equirectangular mapping.

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