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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      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:...

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      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...

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      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: https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-skills-kit/docs/display-interface-reference How to Build Alexa Skills for Echo Show:...

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      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: http://geappliances.com/connect GE Appliances YouTube Channel:...

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      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: http://bespoken.tools/ Bespoken Blog: http://bespoken.tools/blog John's Twitter: http://twitter.com/jpkbst Alexadev Slack Channel: http://alexaslack.com

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      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: https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-skills-kit/docs/alexa-skills-kit-submission-checklist Certification Posts on Alexa Blog: ...

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      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 Amazon.com: http://amazon.com/smarthome Smart Home Skill API: https://developer.amazon.com/alexa/smart-home

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


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


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      34m
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      Episode 008 - Alexa Skills Department on Amazon.com with Nora Kelly


      Customers can now browse the breadth of the Alexa skills catalog and discover new Alexa skills on Amazon.com. In this episode Dave chats with Nora Kelly, a Sr. Marketing Manager on Alexa whose team covers consumer marketing and customer experience for Alexa skills. The two discuss how Alexa skills are ranked, how skills appear in the weekly trending placements, how to ensure customers know your skill has been updated and how you can interact with customers directly on your skill's Amazon.com...

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