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October 06, 2017

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What makes a skill engaging for customers, and what keeps customers coming back over time? Learn the qualities of top-performing skills that see the highest consistent customer engagement.  

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September 07, 2017

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Today AWS announced that developers can now export their Amazon Lex chatbot schema into an Alexa-compatible format for use in an Alexa skill.  This enables developers to offer users even more ways to interact with Amazon Lex powered conversational chatbots.

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September 05, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today we announced that developers can now programmatically manage and test their skills with the Alexa Skill Management API (SMAPI) and the Alexa Skills Kit Command-line Interface (ASK CLI), new features in the Alexa Skills Kit. 

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September 05, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today we are excited to announce that developers can now programmatically manage and test their skills with the Alexa Skill Management API (SMAPI) and the Alexa Skills Kit Command-line Interface (ASK CLI), new features in the Alexa Skills Kit.

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August 16, 2017

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Developers can earn money for the most engaging Alexa skills across more skill categories. Each month, developers of eligible skills with the highest customer engagement in the US, UK, and Germany are paid by Amazon. 

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August 15, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

With the release of the Echo Show, you can complement your voice user experiences with visuals. In this post, we’ll cover scenarios where you want to offer a list of options on Echo Show using one of the list templates.

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July 18, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

When designing your skill to work on Echo Show, choose one of the available templates based on the interaction pattern you plan to use. Each template maps to a pattern or scenario for an optimal customer experience.

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June 05, 2017

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We're excited to share the Amazon Alexa Voice Design Guide, a resource built on the experiences of the Amazon Alexa team, the skill builder community, and established industry practices.

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May 31, 2017

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Today we’re excited to share that this feature now includes usage information about your smart home skills and flash briefings.

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August 01, 2016

Paul Cutsinger

Today’s guest blog post is from Troy Petrunoff, content strategist at AngelHack. Amazon works with companies like AngelHack who are dedicated to advancing the art of voice user experience through hackathons.

This year Amazon Alexa teamed up with AngelHack, the pioneers of global hackathons, for their ninth Global Hackathon Series. Since 2011, the series has exposed over 100,000 developers from around the world to new technologies from sponsors ranging from small startups to large corporations. Amazon Alexa joined the fun this year at nine AngelHack events, sending Solutions Architects and Amazon Echo devices to give talented developers, designers, and entrepreneurs the chance to learn about the Alexa technology. Thirty two teams included Alexa technology into their projects.

Of the nine events Amazon Alexa sponsored, three of the grand prize winners won using Alexa. Winning the AngelHack Grand Prize earned these teams an exclusive invite into the AngelHack HACKcelerator program. AngelHack’s invite-only HACKcelerator program connects ambitious developers with thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to help them become more versatile, entrepreneurial, and successful. The program is intended to give developers of promising projects built at a hackathon the opportunity to listen and talk to some of the biggest players in the Silicon Valley tech scene on a weekly basis. All while providing them with the resources to successfully transition their Hackathon project into a viable startup with early traction.In addition to the grand prize, the Amazon Alexa team offered a challenge at each AngelHack event.  The challenge for the series was best voice user experience using Amazon Alexa. In addition to the three grand prize winning teams, two Alexa Challenge winners will also receive an invite into the HACKcelerator program. Participating teams of the HACKcelerator will be provided with mentorship and other resources to prepare them for the Global Demo Day in San Francisco.

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April 13, 2016

Paul Cutsinger

Hackster is a developer community dedicated to learning hardware and they’ve shared some pretty amazing projects using Alexa. Now, Hackster announced the Alexa Skill Contest to give developers like you a chance to connect your favorite hardware, IoT platform, and everyday life using Alexa.

Natural user interfaces, such as those based on speech, represent the next major disruption in computing. Alexa provides you with an opportunity to take advantage of the new form of interaction. Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. You can build skills using the Alexa Skills Kit

We’re excited to see what you create with the Alexa Skills Kit. Submit your great skill ideas for our Alexa Skill Contest – extra points when your skill is published by May 30, 2016.

To get started, check out the details of the contest. Here are a few other resources to help you get started quickly:

I’m curious to see what you’ll build. Keep in touch, @PaulCutsinger.

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