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 022 - Getting Started with Alexa for Business

      In this episode Dave chats with Collin Davis, GM, Alexa For Business at Amazon. Alexa for Business was launched in the fall of 2017 and helps makes it simple to use Alexa within your work organization. Collin and Dave discuss how the idea for Alexa Business came to be, what areas the team chose to focus on first (conference rooms, provisioning devices, managing users, custom skills) and what companies are building today with the service. Alexa for Business...



      Episode 021 - The Beauty of Language and the Art of Conversational Interfaces

      In this episode Dave chats with Pilar Manchon, Director of Cognitive Interfaces at Amazon. Pilar has a long history in AI and is fluent in multiple spoken languages. The two discuss dialects, human context and the cultural aspects of spoken language. What does all of this mean for conversational interfaces and what should be thinking about today in your own voice drive experience? Pilar's Twitter:



      Episode 020 - Building Community in the Era of Voice

      In the episode Dave chats with Pete Erickson, entrepreneur and founder of Modev. They talk about growing the Voice community through local meetups, what it really means to get involved at a person to person interaction level and the upcoming Voice Summit. They also discuss the lost art of writing and how you those skills are more important today, in the age of Voice, than ever before. Voice Summit - MoDev -


       2018-04-24  39m

      Episode 019 - Looking Back at the Year in Voice and What's Next

      This episode reflects back on Voice Design in 2017 and what we might expect to see this coming year. Dave brings back guest Paul Cutsinger and the two discuss the rise of multiple Alexa device form factors, how can voice driven experiences take advantage of visual information and what does all this mean for conversational experiences. Are there lessons can we can learn from Mobile or are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? Dave also dives deeper into what game development and...


       2018-03-08  49m

      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:


       2017-11-22  54m

      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:...


       2017-10-10  38m

      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...


       2017-08-28  34m

      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:...


       2017-07-13  32m

      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:...


       2017-06-16  35m

      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:


       2017-05-17  33m