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Hey Everyone,

It’s great meeting all of you. We’re very excited to be here, and even more excited to see what all of you create.

Whatever you’re working on, give your customers a voice interface with Alexa and here’s why: Natural user interfaces, like those based on speech, represent the next major disruption in computing. Reach tens of millions of customers on Alexa-enabled devices including Amazon Echo, Fire TV devices, and all devices powered by the Alexa Voice Service. Build for free with AVS and ASK. Use your existing cloud-based service or AWS Lambda, a cloud-based service which is free for the first one million calls per month. We’re giving away devices to teams with the most engaging, innovative, and compelling voice experiences.

A few things to get you started developing with Alexa.

Tutorials & Getting Started: A 5 minute quick start tutorial: https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit/alexa-skill-quick-start-tutorial Additional Tutorials here at both a beginner and advanced level: https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit/tutorials Recommended Learning Path: Start with the Fact Skill Tutorial, and then follow the City Guide Skill Tutorial.

Design & Development: Voice Design Guides, contain design thinking and thought leadership around creating the best voice experiences for your customers: https://developer.amazon.com/designing-for-voice/

For useful code snippets and examples, take a look at the cookbook: https://github.com/alexa/alexa-cookbook

Testing: An in-browser Alexa device, useful for testing your skill when you don't have a device handy: https://echosim.io/welcome We also have test devices to loan out, so stop by our table.

Miscellaneous: For inspiration, here are some things Alexa developers around the world have built: https://alexa.devpost.com/submissions https://www.hackster.io/amazon-alexa Complete Technical Documentation: https://developer.amazon.com/documentation Official Developer Forum:https://forums.developer.amazon.com/topics/alexa+skills+kit.html Official Nodejs SDK: https://github.com/alexa/alexa-skills-kit-sdk-for-nodejs Alexa Voice Service (Adding Voice Control to any device with a microphone and a speaker): https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-voice-service

If you have any questions, if you need help, a sounding board for your ideas, or if you want to swing by and chat -- feel free find us on our table, to reach out to either Justin (CC’d) or myself by email, or on twitter.

Good luck, and happy hacking! Akersh Srivastava (@TheOnlyAkersh) and Justin Jeffress (@SleepyDeveloper)

Tweet us! @AlexaDev @AmazonEcho

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