Alexa Dev Chat

Dave Isbitski discusses various aspects of Alexa (Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service), natural language understanding, voice recognition, and how developers like you are building innovative solutions. The podcasts include Alexa news, developer tips, and interviews with Alexa developers and Alexa employees.



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      Episode 018 - A Voice First Future with Brian Roemmele

      In this episode Dave chats with Brian Roemmele about the future of voice and conversational user interfaces. Brian is a published writer and has been part of the tech industry for decades. He is a well-known expert in the growing voice space and has written numerous articles around the impacts of technology in our lives. This is an episode you don't want to miss! Links: Brian's Twitter: Brian's Website:



      Episode 017 - An Alexadev Journey with Noelle LaCharite

      In this episode Dave chats with with Noelle LaCharite, Senior Technical Program Manager on the Alexa Machine Learning team. Noelle has helped customers across many teams at Amazon including Amazon Web Services and most recently as a Developer Evangelist for Alexa. Noelle shares her experiences working across all of these teams as well as insights into her highly engaged Alexa skills, including the popular 1 Minute Mindfulness skill. Links: Noelle's Twitter:...



      Episode 016 - The Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Accelerator with Rodrigo and Aviel

      In this episode Dave chats with with Rodrigo Prudencio from Amazon's Alexa Fund and Aviel Ginzburg, Managing Director Alexa Accelerator powered by Techstars. The Amazon Alexa Fund provides up to $100 million in venture capital funding to fuel voice technology innovation. The Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a startup accelerator created by the Alexa Fund and built around the belief that voice will fundamentally improve the way we interact with technology. The companies chosen are...



      Episode 015 - Creating Visual Alexa Skills for Echo Show with Jen Rapp

      In this episode Dave chats with with Jen Rapp. Jen served as the Alexa Skills Kit product manager for developing the new interfaces Alexa skill developers use with Echo Show. She and her team worked to create everything from the new template layouts to the hint directive to the built-in navigational intents. Links: Display Interface Reference: How to Build Alexa Skills for Echo Show:...



      Episode 014 - Voice Enabling Home Appliances with the GE Appliances WiFi Connect Cloud Team

      In the episode Dave chats with the GE Appliances WiFi Connect Cloud team. They have taken an interesting approach to their Alexa Skill, rather than creating multiple skills for each GE appliance in your home they have created one super skill, named Geneva. The team shares what they learned creating Geneva and how to test and evolve such a complex interaction model. Links: GE Connect Appliances Website: GE Appliances YouTube Channel:...



      Episode 013 - Creating Alexa Skills Using Bespoken Tools with John Kelvie

      In the episode Dave chats with John Kelvie. John is the founders of Bespoken, a suite of tools that helps developers with building, debugging and monitoring their Alexa Skills. Links: Bespoken Tools: Bespoken Blog: John's Twitter: Alexadev Slack Channel:



      Episode 012 - Alexa Skill Certification with Sameer Lalwani

      In the episode Dave chats with Sameer Lalwani, Sr. Program Manager on the Alexa Skills Certification team at Amazon. Sameer shares best practices for getting your skill published as well as guidance for building more engaging skills for your customers. Links: Certification Requirements for Custom Skills: Certification Posts on Alexa Blog: ...



      Episode 011 - Alexa Smart Home Partner Network with Zach Parker

      In the episode Dave catches up with Zach Parker, head of Business Development for Alexa Smart Home at Amazon. The two discuss recent product innovations, new customer experiences and current Smart Home industry trends. Links: Smart Home on Smart Home Skill API:



      Episode 010 - Building an Alexa Skill with Flask-Ask with John Wheeler

      In the episode Dave chats with Alexa Champion, John Wheeler. John is the author of the popular Flask-Ask framework which helps developers quickly create and test high quality Alexa skills using the Python programming language. Links: John's Twitter: Flask-Ask Website: Flask-Ask training at Flask-Ask GitHub: Flask Website:...



      Episode 009 - Alexa Skills with C# and Azure with Bob Lautenbach

      In the episode Dave chats with Bob Lautenbach. Bob is an Alexa skills developer who has published a bunch open source projects that aid developers in creating Alex skills using C# and Visual Studio. Links: Bob’s Twitter: AlexaSillsKit.NET: Amazon ASK Linking: Alexa ASK .Net Template: Enabling o...