I'm very active in the NYC tech scene and meetup.com is an excellent source to find events.
What it does
You can ask Alexa to search for tech events, currently the events are stored in a static array, which Alexa will read out.
How I built it
I used the meetup.com API and built the Alexa skill in node.js
Challenges I ran into
There were some issues in trying to connect to the meetup.com api. Although the get request will print out the events with the set parameters, there were some asynchronous issues that prevent the events from working within the skill code.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I was able to build two other skills for Alexa and program a working API request.
What I learned
Asynchronicity can seriously mess up your code, and building a skill for Alexa is actually pretty intuitive. This was my first experience programming such a device.
What's next for TechEvents
I plan on continuing to edit my program and fix whatever bugs prevent Alexa from