Amazon Alexa - "Crafting Voice Applications" - A Skills Masterclass

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IAA Conference Centre

11-12, D'Olier Street

Dublin 2



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Amazon Alexa - FREE Workshop/Masterclass in Skills Development

Sponsored by Amazon Alexa

This free workshop is for DEVELOPERS and DESIGNERS who are passionate about crafting superior Voice Experiences using Amazon Alexa.

In 2018 we're seeing Alexa enabling voice control of products, from light switches and smoke alarms to microwaves and cars. We also seeing Voice emerging as a meaningful user interface with compelling applications in areas such as Healthcare, Tourism, Transport and Education. Meanwhile, screen devices such as the Echo Show and Spot make voice based interaction that much more compelling.

Amazon has been really busy innovating to ensure developers have access to the latest resources and tools they need to build ever more engaging voice applications and products.

Led by Andrea Muttoni, Evangelist, Amazon Alexa EU, this hands-on Skill building masterclass is brought to you by Amazon Alexa and the Alexa Devs Dublin and is intended for developers & designers who are passionate about creating superior voice-driven applications using Amazon Alexa.

By mastering the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), you'll learn how to build engaging voice experiences for Alexa, the service that powers millions of devices, including Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Dot & Spot.

In addition to learning about techniques and tools for Alexa Skill building, we'll answer any questions you might have in relation to the more recent releases & innovations, such as....

* The Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console
* Alexa Skill Blueprints
* Adding dynamic content to your Alexa Skill
* Alexa Skills Kit Sound Library

* Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit

* Alexa for Windows

* Alexa Fund & Accelerator

* Developers
* Designers

The workshop will benefit builders who are taking their first steps in Skill Design & Development, as well as the more seasoned developers who may have already built skills and indeed attended previous Alexa Dev Dublin workshops.


* Achieve true greatness. Be a supreme leader in your field! Publish your new skills in the Alexa app store (Amazon’s voice app store).
* Build Something Awesome! How about your career! The voice tech industry is just getting out of bed. This is your opportunity to catch the early morning wave!
* Learn there is such a thing as a free lunch. Yum!
* Sharpen your skills. Perfect your existing knowledge & approach by learning the latest best practices. Get direct access to leading authorities in the field of Voice tech who can help you improve your grasp of resources and tools as the Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit, AWS Lambda, and the NodeJS backend JavaScript framework.
* Meet other Alexa Devs. Get involved with the Alexa Devs Community. Exchange ideas. Help your peers. Start a company. Be successful!

Before you register your interest in attending this workshop, you'll need to agree to a few important terms and conditions. These are listed below. Please make sure you read & accept these before registering.

There are also some preparation/setup pre-requisites....


* Passion for Voice driven applications
* Inspiration. Uhm, need a quick shot? Click here
* Laptop (fully charged).
* Developer account: (free)
* An AWS account: (free - but CC required for signup)
* Download sample templates to your desktop:
* Some experience building for voice. Learn the basics by reading through the Alexa Voice Design Guide
* Map to Location - Irish Aviation Authority, Dublin City Centre.
* Sense of moral compunction! Spaces are limited. Please please register ONLY if you really can make it! If you can't make it before the date, let us know.



AGENDA (9.30 - 3.30pm)

9.30am - Welcome /
Ronan O Caollai, Alexa Devs Dublin

9.40 - Andrea Muttoni - Designing & Building Alexa Skills.

12.15 - Break. "Food For Thought"
* Enjoy a complimentary free lunch
* Mentor Centre - Chat directly to Alexa Mentors about specific Design/Technical issues
* Meet & Mingle with other Alexa Devs

12.45 - Andrea Muttoni - Designing & Building an Alexa Skill

3.30pm - Prizes / Ends

Andrea Muttoni - Technical Evangelist, Amazon Alexa

Andrea is a Technical Evangelist for Amazon Alexa and we look forward to welcoming him to Dublin. In this role, Andrea is travelling the world to share stories, learnings and best practices for building voice-enabled experiences, aka Skills, with Alexa. Previously, Andrea worked on both sides of software development as a full stack developer and as a product manager. When not prototyping new Alexa Skill ideas or championing the needs of developers, he enjoys composing music and working on random projects with NodeJS + TypeScript + Webpack + React + Redux. For the latter, he hopes one day to spend the majority of his time coding and not fighting with the build process. You can reach out to him on Twitter at @muttonia.

Terms & Conditions

1. The organiser is AWS User Group Ireland. Registered Office: 8 Cecilia Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland. Registered No. 563227
2. Space is limited and a workshop place will be assigned on a first come first serve basis with priority given to developers and engineering members of the Alexa Devs Dublin, Alexa Devs Belfast, AWS User Groups Dublin, Cork and Belfast and to representatives of organisations and freelancers actively researching and/or working with voice technologies. We encourage early registration.
3. Organisers will call registrants on Friday 27th April between 10am and 2pm with the aim of confirming your attendance.
4. Before registering it is your responsibility to read the list of Pre-requisites above and to ensure you have access to the relevant resources at the beginning of the workshop.
5. The event format/agenda is subject to change.
6. This event may be photographed/filmed.
7. In no event will the AWS User Group ireland be liable for any lost data or content, lost profits or revenue, business interruption or damage to goodwill (in each case whether direct or indirect) or any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, exemplary or punitive loss) by your attending this event.
8. In any event, the maximum liability to you for any claim arising (whether in contract, negligence, tort or otherwise from this Workshop shall be limited to the applicable fee paid in respect of the Workshop that is the subject matter of the claim.

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