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Build your first skill for Amazon Alexa

Localhost: Build your first skill for Amazon Alexa

Monday May 18, 2020
5:00pm to 7:00pm EDT
Event is hosted online

Event Description

During this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of how to build skills for Amazon Alexa to run on Alexa devices like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. The provided content covers setting up Alexa Skills Kit, developing your first skill, deploying your skill to AWS Lambda, and submitting your skill for publication all through the Alexa Developer Console .

Build with Amazon Alexa

You can be a part of the voice revolution by creating new capabilities or skills for Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo and provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more.

Voice is Disrupting Computing

Voice represents the next major disruption in computing: The primary user interface for computing started with character based interfaces, then moving on to GUI, and later to touch screens. These inflection points seem to happen about every 10 years. We are on the cusp of the next one. The rise of the Voice User Interface, or VUI.

Requirements / Prerequisites

Participants will be required to have a computer that can connect to the Internet and access to a web browser.

Participants should have a basic familiarity with web applications. If they already have an Amazon Web Services account, it would be helpful for getting started. During this workshop we will be writing an application that uses Alexa Skills Kit and deploying that application to Amazon Web Services Lambda.

Who can attend?

Locations have different requirements for who can attend. This location is open to the following:


First 20 mins: Introductions, ice breaker
1.5 hours of guiding participants through building a project
30 minutes of wrap up, answering questions

Links & Resources

Alexa Skills Portal

A dashboard to explore available Amazon Alexa Skills.

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Workshop Zoom Link

The workshop is hosted digitally on this Zoom link that is unlocked once you check in.

Unlocked when checked in.
Participant Slides - First skill with Amazon Alexa

These are the slides to share with the event attendees. They are available on the registration page after they are checked in.

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Hosted by

Kathyleen O'Leary and Emily Akers
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