Building Your First Voice Experience with Alexa
This workshop will dive right in to getting you set up and started building a voice-based experience with Alexa. You will leave this session with a working Alexa skill that you can customize and publish as your own.
We will cover topics around voice design best practices, voice interactions, persistence, and making calls to external APIs.
This session will be taught using node.js, but you don't have to have prior experience as a node developer.
In order to get off to a fast start, please create accounts on both of these websites before the session:
Amazon Developer Portal - http://developer.amazon.com
Amazon Web Services - http://aws.amazon.com
About Jeff Blankenburg
Jeff Blankenburg spent the early part of his career in digital advertising, building websites for Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Ford Motor Company, among others. He also spent 8 years at Microsoft, primarily as an evangelist for any new technology he could get his hands on. Today, he works on the Amazon Alexa team helping developers make Alexa even smarter. Jeff has also spoken at conferences all over the world, including London, Munich, Sydney, Tokyo, and New York, covering topics ranging from software development technologies to soft skill techniques. He also serves as an organizer for the Stir Trek conference.