PSU-BW Local Hack Day: Build skills for Amazon Alexa

Localhost: Build your first skill for Amazon Alexa

Saturday November 14, 2020
9:00am to 11:00am EST
Event is hosted online

Event Description

Welcome to MLH Localhost

Localhost is a great way to build your tech skills and hang out with the hacker community. If you'd like to attend the workshop all you need to do is register on this page and check the page again an hour before the event begins. You'll find the link to the Zoom as well as a bunch of resources for the workshop!

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:

Schedule

9-11AM: Build skills for Amazon Alexa
11AM-1PM: Build Actions for Google Assistant

Additional Information

Zoom Meeting information:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://psu.zoom.us/j/96123224333?pwd=OHdGaURZbk45anZRbDllL21TVEI2Zz09
Password: 669295

Links & Resources

Alexa Skills Portal

A dashboard to explore available Amazon Alexa Skills.

Open link →
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.

Unlocked when checked in.

Hosted by

Andy Landmesser and Himani Vommi

The Penn State Brandywine Information Sciences & Technology / Security & Risk Analysis (IST/SRA) club engages students in activities that build upon classroom learning experiences. Students learn new skills and technologies to solve problems. A key aspect in the club venue is facilitating Major League Hacking (MLH) Localhost technical workshops at Penn State Brandywine and participating in MLH hackathons.