2nd place in the Alexa Prize 2018

Twice in a row, we have placed second the in the Alexa Prize competition out of more than 100 academic teams. In Nov. 2018 we have again received an award of $100k during the Las Vegas re:Invent conference. We have been competing with our social bot Alquist. If you are an owner of an Echo device you can experience the conversation saying “Alexa lets chat”. Read more here

Meet the team Alquist

We would like to invite you to a debate with the team Alquist. The debate will take place on January 30 between 4 pm and 6 pm, in the CIIRC CTU building in Prague 6. You will be able to ask the members anything you wanna know. Learn more in interactive invitation

What is Alquist?

Alquist is the name of the social bot developed by a team of students from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. Alquist is an advanced Conversational AI bot carrying an entertaining and engaging conversation with humans on popular topics, such as movies, sports, news, etc. The name of our socialbot refers to the theatre play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, in which the word robot was used for the first time. Read more here

We will help you with your projects!

Alquist is an established set of NLP algorithms conducting thousands of dialogs a day. We are day by day accumulating how humans communicate, what are their preferences, what they like. We have mastered many of the intricate details of conducting smooth, engaging and entertaining dialogs. We have developed different ways how to include the latest interesting or fun facts surfacing on the Internet to dialogs. If you need help with your product let us know. Read more here

Try it now

You can try Alquist by saying  “Alexa, let’s chat.” to your Echo device. You will be connected to one of the eight competing chatbots. Alquist is one of them but it needs to stay anonymous.

Alquist supported movie

We have also used the Alquist technology to develop a sample of an interactive movie 'The Story of Alquist'. It is the first movie where you can experience the multimodal interaction. Talk with an AI narrator. Ask any questions to reveal the mystery and conclude the story! It runs in Chrome, it also runs on Android.

Our team

Jan Pichl  - Team leader 
Jan Šedivý  - Faculty Supervisor
Petr Marek
Martin Matulík


Jakub Konrád
Petr Lorenc


Most recent tweets

5 days ago
Who would have guessed this morning, that we will give an interview to the children's show Planeta Yo 🌍👍
@CzechTV #ctdecko #PlanetaYo https://t.co/SXWFjqF1Tb
4 weeks ago
Team Alquist would like to wish you Merry Christmas🎄 and Happy New Year 2019🥂 We would like to heartily thank you for your support during this period❤️ For this reason, we created an interactive Christmas card with conversational AI.
4 weeks ago
Check out the latest blog about the #AlexaPrize competition and the Alquist team written by @JanSedivy - our faculty advisor. 👇👇👇

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