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)
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