Building voice experiences for Amazon Echo with Alexa Skills

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Hi devs!

We are back again with another great event for this month!

Have you ever wanted to build an Alexa ( Skill? Now is your opportunity to join us for a half day (1/2) session in the Amazon Barcelona office ( on the 18th of September to learn the basics to publish your first Skill.

Alexa is the voice-based service within Amazon Echo, incorporates a set of skills, that allow users to interact with different technologies and services using natural language. Developers can also create custom Skills that can be published in the Alexa App Store and used from any device that incorporates Alexa. During this session we will talk about why we believe voice is the future of the user experience (UX), take a look at the structure of the Alexa Engine and finally demonstrate how to build a custom Alexa Skill with the Alexa Skills Kit SDK for Java and AWS Lambda. This will be the agenda of the event:

14:00-14:30 Register
14:30-15:00 Intro to Alexa
15:00-16:00 Designing a voice interaction model
16:00-16:30 Coffee-break
16:30-18:00 Building the backend (with AWS Lambda & Java)

The session will be led by Alexa Evangelists German Viscuso ( and Memo Doring ( . German works in Alexa Skills Kit Spain as Technology Evangelist and he is a fan of computers since he was 8 years old. He started his professional career as a software developer and later transitioned into developer advocacy roles. Memo is Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa and has 10 years of experience in the field of mobile technologies, serving in a variety of positions at Research In Motion, Apple and Amazon. He currently focuses on working with developers to help them successfully create new skills for Amazon Alexa.

1. Basic Java programming knowledge
2. Fully charged laptop to the event.
3. An Amazon Developer account. You can create it here:
4. And also an AWS account. You can create it here: -prior to arrival if you don’t have one-
( *please note a Credit Card is needed for registration, however no charges will be placed – no cost incurred* )

We look forward to seeing you there, and remember, seats are very limited! First come, first served !

Sign up and see you next Tuesday 18th!

As we did last year, in order to prevent the no-show effect for those people that register and never come and to avoid problems to our sponsors ( buying food for not present people ) and to us ( searching for bigger rooms ), we'll charge 2 EUR to everyone registering and we will give back that amount for those that really attend the event.