• Voice-first double feature: Pulse Labs and Jargon

    4th & Madison Building (fourth floor meeting room)

    Join us May 16, as we're thrilled to present to you two of the teams making the biggest waves in the voice space right now, both of them graduates of the Techstars Amazon Accelerator program here in Seattle. Pulse Labs was a member of the initial Alexa Accelerator cohort, jumping into the market at the perfect time with a product that (in their words), offers "user testing solutions to developers in the voice ecosystem, so they can get real user feedback throughout the development cycle, and build applications people love". You can read about them here: https://www.pulselabs.ai/. Jargon, a member of the 2018 accelerator cohort, has been gaining all sorts of acclaim for their entry into the rapidly globalizing voice space with their Jargon SDK, which helps "manage runtime content and support multiple languages inside a voice app". To see more, visit them at: https://www.jargon.com/ Event Details: WHERE? As usual, the event will be held in the IDX tower, at 4th & Madison, in the 4th floor meeting room. (925 4th Avenue, 98104) WHEN? Thursday, May 16th. Doors will open around 6:15, talks will probably kick off around 6:45. FOOD? Yep. GUESTS & REGISTRATION? Feel free to bring guests, this location does not require you to go through security, so we don't need names in advance. Agenda: 6:15 - 6:45 : Pizza & networking 6:45 - 8:00 : Presentations 8:00 - ? : Q&A, more networking, etc Finding the room: -If you are entering from 3rd Avenue, head up two escalator flights to the 4th floor, and walk through the elevator banks to your right to the double-glass doors on the other side. -If you are entering from 4th Avenue, you're already on the correct floor, just follow the left-hand (South) wall to the Southwest Corner to the double glass doors. -Once you've gone through the clear double glass doors, the room is at the end of the hallway, through another set of opaque glass doors.

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  • Partner Event: Code for the Community Hackathon

    Amazon - Van Vorst

    Wanted to pass along this fun looking event that Amazon itself is running. Note that as a partner event, we (The Seattle Alexa Meetup) are NOT the organizers. For this event, RSVPing on meetup does not grant you admittance - you must register at the link below. Any questions you have should be directed at the event organizers. (Contact: Brenna Bunch, [masked]) ____________________________________________ The Amazon Alexa & Devices teams would like to invite you to an exciting, invitation-only event at Amazon's South Lake Union campus. The team is looking forward to hosting you at a Code for the Community hackathon! This is an event designed for developers to get hands on experience with Amazon coding, meet the teams and learn about some of the initiatives for Amazon in the Community. Learn more and register here: http://deviceshackathon.splashthat.com/MU

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  • Alexa Champs Double Feature: Mark Carpenter and John Gillilan

    4th & Madison Building (fourth floor meeting room)

    Join us Tuesday, October 16th as we bring you another double dose of Alexa Champions - Mark Carpenter and John Gillilan will be stopping by to share their experience and drop some knowledge on us. WHO? Mark Carpenter was a member of the very first Alexa Champions cohort, having been an early adopter of the platform, and the creator of the Talking Alexa podcast and the hugely popular ASK Dev Weekly newsletter. John Gillilan, one of the newest Alexa Champions, is an entrepreneur in the space who has published 15 skills under the bondad.fm name (http://www.bondad.fm). As a developer and creative producer, John is exploring the intersection of voice and digital culture. WHERE? As usual, the event will be held in the IDX tower, at 4th & Madison, in the 4th floor meeting room. (925 4th Avenue, 98104) WHEN? Tuesday, October 16th Doors will open around 6:15, talks will probably kick off around 6:45. FOOD? Yep. GUESTS & REGISTRATION? Feel free to bring guests, this location does not require security, so we don't need names in advance. DOOR PRIZE? We'll again have something to give away to attendees, and as you might imagine, that something will be Alexa-enabled. Agenda: 6:15 - 6:45 : Pizza & networking 6:45 - 8:00 : Presentations 8:00 - ? : Q&A, more networking, etc Finding the room: -If you are entering from 3rd Avenue, head up two escalator flights to the 4th floor, and walk through the elevator banks to your right to the double-glass doors on the other side. -If you are entering from 4th Avenue, you're already on the correct floor, just follow the left-hand (South) wall to the Southwest Corner to the double glass doors. -Once you've gone through the clear double glass doors, the room is at the end of the hallway, through another set of opaque glass doors.

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  • Alexa Champions Austin Wilson and Nick Schwab Talk Skill Building

    4th & Madison Building (fourth floor meeting room)

    This iteration of the Seattle Alexa Meetup will be a double feature, with talks by two members of the Alexa Champions program (https://developer.amazon.com/alexa/champions). First will be Austin Wilson, who seems to perpetually be at or near the top of skill development competitions with entries like his Alexa-enabled K'Nex Car (https://amzn.to/2NDSokP) or his Elite Dangerous Companion Skill (https://bit.ly/2vDM58B). Following him will be Nick Schwab, founder of Invoked Apps (https://invokedapps.com/) and creator of the chart-topping ambient sounds series of skills. Nick's topic is: "The recipe for building a top-rated voice app. Thoughts and lessons learned going from 1 to 150k users/day". Agenda: 6:15 - 6:45 : Pizza & networking 6:45 - 8:00 : Presentations 8:00 - ? : Q&A, more networking, etc Finding the room: -If you are entering from 3rd Avenue, head up two escalator flights to the 4th floor, and walk through the elevator banks to your right to the double-glass doors on the other side. -If you are entering from 4th Avenue, you're already on the correct floor, just follow the left-hand (South) wall to the Southwest Corner to the double glass doors. -Once you've gone through the double glass doors, the room is at the end of the hallway, through another set of glass doors.

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  • Alexa Gaming Workshop

    Amazon Bigfoot

    Wanted to pass along this workshop on Alexa Gadgets, and also note that the topic of the Alexa Gadgets API is one that people have asked for a session about and that I've been actively trying to find a way to present. As a beta tester of this API I had an early opportunity to work with it, and it presents some extremely intriguing opportunities. Details below: (Note: Attending this Meetup requires online registration at http://bit.ly/2Jbykrr, space is limited, and RSVPing to the event only on meetup.com will not grant you a spot.) Amazon and Modev are inviting the community to learn how to build voice-first games for Alexa and engage with players on tens of millions of Echo devices: "Join us for this free, one-day workshop on June 26 where the Alexa team will show you how to integrate your skills with Echo Buttons, and create gaming experiences that users will love. You’ll leave this hands-on learning experience with everything you need to start developing Alexa games, and how to integrate with gaming-friendly Alexa Gadgets." Learn more and register at: http://bit.ly/2Jbykrr This workshop is aimed at advanced level developers who have built at least one Alexa skill before. If you’d like to attend but haven't built a skill before, we recommend watching this YouTube series and reviewing the advanced course prerequisites below: (Coding)https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit/start (Voice Design) https://developer.amazon.com/designing-for-voice/

  • The Magic Door: Creating Voice-First Content for Any Voice Application

    4th & Madison Building (fourth floor meeting room)

    Join us on March 29th for a talk by Andy Huntwork on the topic of creating high quality voice-first content. Andy Huntwork is the creator of "The Magic Door", one of the first story-driven Alexa skills and a perpetual recipient of the "Top Skills" billing in the Alexa skill store. More recently, Andy has broadened his offerings with Talestreamer.ai, a product designed to help other developers create engaging voice-first content (and one of the tools that backs "The Magic Door"). The Magic Door - https://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Door-LLC/dp/B01BMUU6JQ Talestreamer - https://talestreamer.ai/ Agenda 6:15 - Doors open 6:30 - Food & networking 6:45 - Talk by Andy 7:?? - Q&A, more networking FAQ: Q: How do I find the room? A: If you're entering from 3rd avenue, go up both escalators and take a right, going past the elevator bank and through the clear glass doors. If you're entering from 4th avenue, you're already on the correct floor! Just follow the left wall all the way to the clear glass doors. There will be poster boards pointing the way. Q: Will there be food? A: Yep. Q: Is there parking? A: The building has a paid parking garage, but also Madison and Marion streets switch to free parking after 6 and it's usually pretty easy to find a spot right next to the building. Q: Can I bring friends to this meetup? A: Please do! The 4th & Madison building doesn't have the same ID and check-in requirements as some of the previous locations we've used.

  • Testing and Monitoring Alexa Skills

    4th & Madison Building (fourth floor meeting room)

    • What we'll do John Kelvie, Founder and CEO of Bespoken, will talk about one of the most underappreciated aspects of development for VUI - what testing and monitoring looks like in this paradigm. Bespoken (https://bespoken.io/) is the leader in this field, having been among the first groups on the platform to produce high quality tooling with the Bespoken Tools. Join us at the 4th & Madison building on Thursday, March 8. Agenda as follows: 6:15pm - Networking ~6:45 - Talk by John 7:15 - Q&A, more networking, etc After - Drinks nearby FAQ: Q: How do I find the room? A: If you're entering from 3rd avenue, go up both escalators and take a right, going past the elevator bank and through the clear glass doors. If you're entering from 4th avenue, you're already on the correct floor! Just follow the left wall all the way to the clear glass doors. There will be poster boards pointing the way. Q: Will there be food? A: Yep. Q: Is there parking? A: The building has a paid parking garage, but also Madison and Marion streets switch to free parking after 6 and it's usually pretty easy to find a spot right next to the building. Q: Can I bring friends to this meetup? A: Please do! The 4th & Madison building doesn't have the same ID and check-in requirements as some of the previous locations we've used. • What to bring • Important to know

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  • Partner Event: VoiceXP presents Echo Show case study & album release for Chingy!

    Excited to announce an event being run in town by another of the Alexa Champions, Bob Stoltzberg of VoiceXP. Bob and his crew at VoiceXP recently had the opportunity to partner with platinum-selling artist Chingy around a new way of connecting with the fan base - using voice user interface, the Alexa platform, and the Echo Show! The event will start with a case study, followed by special guest appearances. Full details and (free) registration information can be found at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/platinum-recording-artist-chingy-amazon-alexa-skill-echo-show-voicexp-registration-39195056469 NOTE: Registration is limited and you MUST register at the eventbrite link.

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  • Alexa Meetup @ 4th & Madison Bldg

    4th & Madison Building (fourth floor meeting room)

    Join us for a tech talk, networking, and pizza at the 4th & Madison building. The talk this month will be "There and Back Again, an Evangelist's Tale", and for this iteration we're super excited to have Dave Isbitski, Amazon's Chief Evangelist for Alexa and Echo, stopping by to present. You can read more about Dave here: https://about.me/davedev Or check him out on the Alexa Devs blog: https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/author/David+Isbitski We'll have the room ready around 6:15, so come by for pizza and networking, and we'll plan to kick off the talk around 6:45, with Q&A and more networking afterwards.

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  • July Meetup @ King Cat Club

    King Cat Club @ Amazon Coral

    Welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Seattle Alexa Meetup. We'll be getting together on Thursday, July 27th, at the King Cat Club in Amazon's Coral building. Presentation Topic: Multi-Modal Development for Alexa Agenda: 6:15 - 6:45: Pizza, Networking & chance to play with Alexa enabled devices 6:45 - 7:30: Presentation 7:30 - 8: Q&A, additional networking, etc This event is open to anyone interested in Alexa/VUI. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask, we'd love to hear from you! If have topics or ideas that you think may be interesting for a future iteration of the meetup, please reach out. And as a new meetup group we're open to and looking for future sponsors/hosts!

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