Category Archives: Meekan

Meekan on Microsoft Teams

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Meekan, the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant, matches everyone’s calendars in seconds to help you find the best time to meet. He’s free to use and available on Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Hipchat. 

So how does Meekan work?

He connects everyone’s calendars and proposes the best time to meet all through a simple chat interface. Meekan learns everyone’s availability and preferences to pinpoint the best time to meet every time. It’s easy to work out schedule differences and preferences, even for the busiest teams.  

Add our bot to to Microsoft Teams, and just ask for a new meeting in plain english:

@Meekan, schedule a project kickoff before Friday with Dan and Marie

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Meekan handles everything: who, what, when, and where

Meekan will match everyone’s calendars and find the best time options. He even knows about time zones, and makes sure no one will have to wake up at 3am to make your meeting.

After you check Meekan’s proposed options, and book the meeting, Meekan will sync it straight into everyone’s calendars. It’s that simple.

Here’s how you can ask Meekan to manage your schedule. Keep in mind he learns new questions and phrases every day (thousands so far!) so this list is by no means exclusive.

Ask questions about your calendar: @Meekan, when am I free on Thursday?

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Or about other team members (requires their permission): @Meekan when is Dan free tomorrow?

Move around existing meetings: @Meekan, reschedule my 1pm

Quickly find an available room and book it: @Meekan, what rooms are free right now?

…or ask Meekan to locate one that matches everyone’s availability: @Meekan schedule “project launch” next week with Jane, and add a room

 

Meekan works right from inside Microsoft Teams

There’s no need to toggle back and forth between calendars or play email tag with all your colleagues.

He provides a real calendar view, daily and weekly summaries, and alerts if you double book. He can keep track of RSVPs, send reminders, and even check flights for you.

He’s the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant and he’s ready to get to work.

Trusted by over 35,000 teams worldwide, Meekan is free to use, and works with with Office365 as well as Google, and iCloud

 

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Ask Meekan about free meeting rooms

 

New Frontiers with Doodle and Meekan

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Doodle is more than just Doodle.com and our iOS and Android apps you know. Doodle is also Meekan! Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. It’s a chatbot you can talk with on Slack, Hipchat, and Microsoft teams. Just ask for a meeting and Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best time. Together with Meekan, we’re expanding our scheduling domain into other territories with three exciting new projects. Now you can experience the power of Meekan in your browser, on your desktop, and on your Android device.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Google calendar Chrome extension

Are you a Chrome user? Statistically speaking, that’s probably the case. And it’s good news for you too. We’re bringing you Meekan in the form of a Chrome extension (which is just a custom program for your browser). You can download it from the Chrome store and start scheduling with Meekan in seconds. Just add the contacts you’d like to invite, and Meekan will suggest appropriate times based on everyone’s calendar. See below. I added a few contacts for my meeting and found a time when everyone can make it!

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Everyone can make it!

Mac OS app

The brains of Meekan can also accessed directly from your desktop with our new Mac OS app. Download it here. I’ll wait!

You can schedule meetings with anyone right from your desktop. No need to open your calendar, or send endless emails back and forth trying. Simply click, add your contacts, and Meekan will find a time that fits everyone. It’s as simple as that.

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Easy scheduling, right on your desktop

Meekan for Android

Now you can have Meekan in the palm of your hand. Download the new Meekan prototype for your Android device and experience just how easy scheduling a meeting can be. Just like our other prototypes, all you have to do is add a contact and Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best time to meet.

If you want to experience just how effortless scheduling is with Meekan, go ahead and try one (or all!) of our new prototypes. If you have feedback feel free to get in touch on Twitter or send us an email at support@doodle.com.  

 

How Slack Made Doodle More Productive

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Slack is the premier communication tool for us at Doodle. It’s hard to imagine what work was like before it. Now our workspace is more than just our offices in Zurich, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Belgrade. All of us are connected on another plane, where work, communication and progress, are streamlined. We love Slack for all kinds of reasons, but here are the top 5.

And for all you Doodle fans out there that aren’t already on board with Slack, you can check out a special offer and get started today.

Channels

Slack channels are fundamental to our work. We use channels for everything. A general one with everyone included. Channels for our different teams; backend, design, apps, and so on. We have channels going for relevant tech news and even the weird stuff we stumble across on the web.

But what makes Slack so vital to our productivity as a company is that we create channels whenever a new topic arises. New project or idea? Start a conversation and add the relevant teammates. Inside of 5 minutes, we’ll have more ideas outlined and overall progress than if we’d scheduled a kick-off meeting and had to wait for a conference room.

Remote work

With the Doodle wheels turning in four different offices, we’re no strangers to remote work and conference calls. We use Slack to communicate in threads rather than emailing back and forth all the time, and we also use it for video instead of Skype or Hangouts.

You can use it for one-to-one meetings, or you can invite others to join. Our favorite part is the nifty sketch feature you can use when you share your screen. The sketch feature facilitates a little more back and forth between teammates when you’re presenting or communicating an idea. It’s funny how often you wish you could draw what you mean instead of describing it. Problem solved. 

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Apps

Slack offers hundreds of app integrations. When you can integrate all of the other tools you use on a daily basis with Slack, it becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. 2+2=5 right?

Google Drive – It’s so easy to manage all Google Drive needs from Slack. There’s no need to toggle back to email to approve access requests or find some lost comment notification. I’ll get every update on the documents I’m working right on my desktop.

Desk.com – When a user contacts us with feedback on a new feature, the message is automatically sent to our support channel in Slack. Our product team can have a look at it and discuss the next steps for implementation. There’s never any shortage of great ideas, and this Slack app helps to keep them coming.

Meekan

Our favorite app for Slack gets its own section. Meekan.

Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. Meekan can connect everyone’s calendars, and propose the best times to meet, all through chat on Slack. Meekan learns your habits and the times you typically meet with certain people and bases its suggestions on that. No more early meetings or anything after 6. And it’s not just you either, Meekan will do its best to make your whole team happy, having already learned everyone’s schedules.

But Meekan can do more than just set meetings. It is your assistant after all. Ask Meekan to edit, reschedule, rename, or move meetings around too. If you’re late to the office, pull up Slack and ask Meekan to push your first meeting back 15 minutes. It’ll send out a notification letting everyone know. You can ask Meekan how many meetings you have tomorrow or next week, and it’ll give you a breakdown of your schedule.

We Doodlers are flying between our offices all the time. To help us out, Meekan can also check the world’s flight database and find the earliest arriving, shortest, and cheapest flights anywhere.  

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Mobile

All of these great features are available on the go with the Slack apps for Android and iOS. The Slack app is a great way to catch up on what I missed yesterday or to get a start on my workday while I’m on my commute. If you need to alert team members, you can tap the @ to bring up a list of teammates and groups. They’ll get a notification that they need to check out a thread or take a look at a document. With the app, it’s just as easy to swipe and set your status to away if you’re not taking your work home with you.

Slack enables us as a company to share our ideas, our creativity and our progress. It also helps us to send cat videos and weird gifs to each other the second we see them.

Here’s a selection from our random Slack channel.  

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Not using Slack? Get started with $100 off by using a special discount from our team at https://try.slack.com/doodle.

2017: Year in Review

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Photo by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash

Redesign 

We started rolling out our redesigned Doodle in a few countries back in April of 2017. Do you remember what Doodle looked like before? The sturdy version we had for almost ten years? The redesign is so much sleeker and friendlier. We ran the beta version of the site until October before we switched off the lights on old Doodle. With your feedback, we improved the overall flow of poll creation and participation. Sending invites is easier and poll management is more intuitive. We also increased loading times by over a second. What can I say? We revamped everything while staying true to the product you love. That’s some magic right there.  

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We’ve also been up to some coolness with Meekan. If you don’t already know (and you should) Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. Previously, you could interact with Meekan over Slack, Hipchat, and Microsoft Teams. In November, we released a Meekan chrome extension so you can interact with Meekan in your browser. Connect the browser to your Google account. Add your invitees, and in seconds Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best times. Easy as pie.   

The pairing of Meekan and Doodle is the future of scheduling. Imagine the brains of this AI infused with the scheduling app you already love. We’ve got some exciting things planned for later in the year, so make sure you’re paying attention.

Apps

Back in June, we were one of the first that Google allowed to implement the new Android instant app. This technology wasn’t available until last year, and we were chosen to beta test the new version. Instant apps provide the native app experience so you can still create polls with Doodle on your mobile, even if you don’t have the app. Always on the cutting edge. iOS has gotten better and better over the course of the year. Now you can experience all the Premium features (like who is missing and branding) you enjoy from the website in our app.

It was an incredible 2017, but we’ve got our sights on 2018 for the best year ever.

 

 

 

Doodle, Meekan, and the future

For those of you who aren’t already in the know, Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. A short while ago, we were happy to welcome Meekan into the Doodle family, and since then we’ve been working on some exciting things. You can read more about the beginning of this great relationship here. Together, Doodle and Meekan are the future of scheduling.

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What can Meekan already do?

Meekan can connect everyone’s calendars, and propose the best times to meet, all through a simple chat interface. Meekan learns about your schedule and the times you regularly meet with certain people, and then proposes the best times to meet. He also knows your routine so he won’t schedule anything too early or too late. And it’s not just you either, Meekan will do the best to make your whole team happy, already knowing and learning everyone else’s schedules. You can chat with Meekan over Slack, Microsoft teams, or Hipchat and he’ll do the rest by suggesting the best, and other possible times to meet. Sound good? It’s simple to get started.

It’s already so easy to have Meekan schedule your meetings. Did you know it’s also just as easy to move meetings around or reschedule? Find yourself in traffic on the day of a morning meeting?  No sweat, just ask Meekan to push the it back 15 minutes to account for the delay, and he’ll send out emails to let everyone know.

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Scheduling and more   

In the future, even more will be possible and Meekan’s capabilities will stretch beyond organizing meetings. He’s already great at finding when you can meet, but soon he might also find where you can meet. Let’s do a thought experiment together shall we?  Imagine you need to book a meeting with your 15-person team and ample meeting space in your office is a hot commodity. You can simply say “Meekan, let’s get the team together next week.” In seconds, Meekan finds the optimum time for everyone to meet, and books an empty conference room. Matty Mariansky of Meekan is confident about the future, “We want him to do everything that an office manager can do. Taxis, buses, new office supplies. Order pizza bot to bot. ‘Send the humans some pizza,’ he’ll say.”

Doodle and Meekan, unified

How many ways can you schedule a meeting? For the moment, 7000 and counting. That’s how many ways Meekan has learned that you need to find time for a meeting. And this number is growing every day. The next big step is a unification of the brains of Meekan with the simplicity of Doodle. Think about the scheduling tool you already know and love, with the brains of the sharpest AI chatbot in the world. Take a moment to imagine how simple and effortless scheduling will become when your robot assistant already knows your desires at almost the second you realize them, and has the ability to carry them out. We’ve got some important developments coming, and we’re almost ready to announce them. For the moment, take a second to dwell on the fact that science fiction isn’t as far away from reality as we think, and it’ll make work a whole lot easier.