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Alexa Hack Night (Part 2)
Excited to announce that we will be doing a joint, two part Meetup with the Boston Node Meetup. For the first part on May 31st, we will have three hours to hack on Alexa skills together. (RSPV to this first part here: https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Node/events/250221547/) This event, is for the second part where the teams will present the skills they created on the 31st. The intention of this hack night is not to crown a winner, but to have fun and hack together. All levels are welcomed. To that end, there will be a handful of "mentors" walking around to help anyone that gets stuck. If you are interested in being a mentor, let me know We will have to cap the audience to 100 people, so please be sure to RSVP and update your status if you are not going to be able to make it. For folks that participated in the hackathon, many of you witnessed the power of Violet, http://helloviolet.ai/. Vineet Sinha, the author of this framework, has graciously offered to do a deeper dive. Below is the schedule for this coming week's Meetup: 7:00 - 7:30 = Pizza, Drinks and Networking 7:30 - 8:00 = Demos of skills from Hackathon 8:00 - 9:00 = Deep dive into Violet with Vineet See you all on Thursday!

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    Google has Google Now, Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and now Amazon has Alexa and Echo! Amazon Echo is the voice controlled smart assistant that takes a new and innovative approach to speech controlled interaction. Amazon has seriously ramped up its efforts to get developers working on apps and new interactions with Echo.

    This Meetup will bring together people interested in growing speech recognition technology with smart home and digital assistant innovation. While the focus will be on developing new software, this group will try to provide non-developers with support for their ideas for Echo and Alexa-enabled devices.

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