To stay tuned to the latest events near you, check out our new events page. There you’ll be able to find information about hackathons where you can get hand-on education and build Alexa skills, conferences and presentations where you can join the conversation and meet Alexa team members, as well as community-run meetups where you can connect with fellow developers.
Bookmark the events page today, register for one near you, and we’ll see you there.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be participating in a variety of events and we’d love to meet you. Get hands-on learning and learn to build an Alexa skill at a hackathon, attend a presentation at smart home events, join in the conversation at select conferences, or connect with fellow developers at a local meetup.
Led by Alexa Solutions Architects and Developer Evangelists, hackathons are a great way to get the hands-on experience of building and testing an Alexa skill.
Galvanize Skill Building Workshop | August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. PT
The Galvanize workshop is intended for software and hardware developers interested in voice control, home automation, and personal assistant technology. We will walk through the development of a new Alexa skill and incorporate it into a consumer-facing device.
/hack San Francisco | August 27, 10:00 a.m. PT – August 28, 5:30 p.m. PT
San Francisco, California
/hack (slash hack) is the premiere hackathon by hackers, for hackers. Three hundred hackers will compete in the 24-hour hackathon held in San Francisco. Hackers at all levels – working professional, college student, or even high school student – can learn from students, CTOs, architects, and more.
Amazon Alexa Virtual Hackathon Decision Tree | August 31, 11:00 a.m. PT – 12:00 p.m. PT
In this hour-long webinar we will build an Alexa skill using the Decision Tree skill template. The template makes it easy for developers and non-developers to create skills that ask you a series of questions and then give you an answer. This is a great starter for simple adventure games and magazine style quizzes like ‘what kind of job is good for me?’ We will use AWS Lambda and the Alexa Skills Kit, and provide built-in business logic, use cases, error handling, and help functions for your new skill. Simply come up with the idea before we begin and we will help you build it.
TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Hackathon | September 10, 12:30 p.m. PT – September 11, 2:00 p.m. PT
San Francisco, California
Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend, where developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in a 24-hour hacking endurance test. Teams join forces to build a new product and present it on the Disrupt stage to a panel of expert judges and an audience of tens of thousands.
Code District LA Bootcamp | September 13, 6:00 p.m. PT
This free workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning how to program voice-controlled devices. Join Solutions Architect Liz Myers to learn about Alexa skills development.[Read More]
Here are the upcoming Alexa events scheduled for February 2016:
Learn how to build your first Alexa skill using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) using AWS Lambda. We’ll also take a look at how to monitor your new skill using AWS CloudWatch and how to submit your Alexa Skills for certification so they will be available to customers later this year.
Voice Design 101 | February 18th, 10 am PST / 1 pm EST
Alexa enables customers to interact with devices and services in a more intuitive way using their voice. This webinar will teach you best practices for voice user interface (VUI), how to maximize usability of your voice experience, and how to creating compelling voice experiences with the Alexa Skills Kit.
New ASK Features | February 29th, 10 am PST / 1 pm EST
This webinar will go deeper into some of the newly released Alexa Skils Kit features including Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) and new Built-In Intents. You’ll see code samples and explanations of how you can implement thse features within your own skills. Immediately following the talk there will be an open Q&A where you can bring your questions and get help with your own skills.
The Amazon Appstore team will be in Barcelona, Spain from March 2nd to March 5th for Mobile World Congress. If you are in Barcelona for MWC, there are a number of ways that you can meet with the team and learn more about growing your business with the Amazon Appstore, Amazon devices, and the services we offer to developers.
Here’s where you can find us in Barcelona:
Monday 2nd March – Sala Apolo, Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 4pm to 10pm
On the 9th edition of the Mobile Premier Awards, you'll see the latest global app innovations, from the 16 finalists representing 10 countries. Paul Cutsinger will be part of the judgeing panel, and our team will be there during the networking hour after the show to meet with you on this galactic evening! Get a free pass using code AMAZON at http://bit.ly/RegisterMPA
Tuesday 3rd March – W Hotel, Barcelona, 8pm to 12am
Join us at Barcelona’s beautiful W hotel for an evening of networking and fun. Amazon Appstore is one of the main hosts for this event and we’ll be hanging out and talking to developers about the Amazon Appstore, our developer SDKs and the services that we offer. We’ll have a number of Fire devices on display and several Fire TVs setup, so come along and play games such as Crossy Road, Ski Safari or Table Top Racing from our developers. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet our business leadership team to chat about how you can grow your business and monetize on Amazon. Or, connect with our Developer Evangelists (Simon Howard and Paul Cutsinger) to learn more at a technical level about how you publish your app to the Amazon Appstore. You can register for free by entering the code AmazonAppstore here.
Wednesday 4th March - Hall 4, Auditorium 2, Fira Gran Vira, 3:15pm
Join Amazon Appstore Director of Product Management, Aaron Rubenson, for a panel on Mobile Gaming. Join some of the leading developers in the industry as they discuss how gaming will evolve on mobile in the coming years, why freemium is proving such an attractive model and the impact it has on developing compelling gaming experiences and which alternative models might prove fruitful in the coming years.
Thursday 5th March - Hall 8.0, Theater D, Fira Gran Vira, 9am to 5pm
Gamelab Mobile is an exclusive conference that explores the Edge of Innovation in mobile gaming. Discover how the latest advances in mobile and Internet technology are helping game developers to envision and create new playgrounds and forms of interactive entertainment. During Paul Cutsinger’s keynote at 11:30 AM, learn how to generate new business opportunities by turning your game players into fans (more details below). Drop by our Meet the Experts table, where Amazon representatives and guest speakers can provide feedback on your mobile and gaming projects. If you happen to have your APK with you, we’ll have devices on hand for testing.
We’ve analyzed the top mobile games to see what best practices make them stand out from the crowd. Several trends emerging now will amplify those best practices and games will have more opportunity than ever to excel. In the future, the top games will have fully realized fan bases that will drive their user acquisition and engagement engines. That fan base will include players but also content creators, advocates and potential new customers – this will open up a wider range of monetization options.
In this talk at 11:30 AM in Hall 8.0 Theatre D, Paul Custinger (@PaulCutsinger) will reveal these trends and what the cutting edge games are doing today. He’ll also share specific ways game developers can use this information to evolve players into a fan base for a stronger launch, more engagement, more revenue and an extended game lifespan. This will give you concrete ideas to incorporate into your existing games and those that you create in the future.
If you are in Barcelona for MWC, we would love to meet you to hear more about your app or game, so do come see us at one of the events that we are attending.
Simon Howard (@SimonH109)
We are excited to be working with Seattle indie game incubator HouseOgames to host this year's HOGJam, right here on Amazon's Seattle campus. Join us to build games, have fun, and hopefully meet some cool people. In addition to a great location, we have industry veterans from the Amazon to help you brainstorm ideas, offer technical support and mentorship during the HOGjam. This is also a great opportunity to get your hands on some of the latest devices and services we offer game developers such as the newly announced Fire Phone, Kindle Fire tablets and of course Fire TV.
The HOGjam starts on Saturday, August 23rd at 10am until 12am and reopens again on Sunday, August 24th from 10am to 6pm. The following will be providing during the event:
At the end of the GameJam, everyone gets to demo their games and get constructive feedback on how to turn their creation into a commercial product. The goal is for everyone to be creative and have a fun. There is no judging since making a game in less than 48 hours is hard enough! It’s also an excellent opportunity to show off your creativity to professionals in the gaming industry. Got a game you are working on or have published? We’d love to see that as well after the HOGJam,
Everyone is welcome from developers to designers and we fully encourage people to team up. We’ll provide full details on the rules of the HOGjam at the event so be prepared to come out with everything you need to make your game from scratch. We hope to see you there!
Saturday August 23rd: 10am – 12am
Sunday August 24th: 10am – 6pm
Amazon Arizona Building
207 Boren Ave N, Seattle, WA
If you’re attending GDC Europe, be sure to check out the Amazon Developer Day on Tuesday, August 12th from 10am-6:30pm in Rheinssal West, 1st Level. Anyone with an Expo pass can attend, so plan to join the Amazon team to learn how you can build, optimize, and monetize your games for Amazon’s Fire devices and Fire OS, an Android-based platform.
Come learn more about developing for our latest devices, including Fire phone and Fire TV. Fire phone lets you create games that respond to customers in a whole new way with Dynamic Perspective. Fire TV makes it easy for Android game developers to reach a new audience in the living room. We’ll provide details on the SDKs, show you how other developers are using these features and help you get started. You’ll also hear more about the AWS services that will help you evolve your game and Appstore APIs that can help you make more money and engage more customers on our devices.
Technical evangelists from Appstore and AWS will be on hand to answer questions. We’ll also have devices for you to explore and test your games – be one of the first developers in Europe to play with Fire!
Reach Cross-Platform with Amazon Appstore for Android
The Amazon Developer day at GDC EU is the place for game developers to learn about building for the Amazon Appstore. Learn about the platform's reach and scale, Amazon's Fire OS, an Android-based platform, and our latest devices and services in Europe.
Engage More Customers with Immersive Game Experiences
Fire, the first phone designed and produced by Amazon, enables you to create new experiences that respond to the way the customer holds, views and moves the phone, and helps customers engage more deeply with your gamethrough the enhanced carousel. First, you'll get acquainted with Fire's hardware and the Dynamic Perspective and Firefly SDKs. Then you'll hear from experienced game developers about building innovative new games for Fire.
Increase Your Reach by Engaging Customers in the Living Room
Fire TV can help you increase your customer base by putting your existing game in the living room, in front of people who enjoy entertainment and may not have seen your games before. Learn more about Fire's capabilities and the SDK, hear from game developers about their experience with Fire TV, and learn how to port and optimize your game for the big screen, including how to implement controller support.
Architect Your Games for Maximum Profitability, Scale and User Engagement
You'll hear about the AWS services that will help you evolve your game to take advantage of cloud patterns such as in-game asset download, saving games to the cloud, online gameplay / stats, and game analytics. We'll also teach you how to publish HTML5 games to Fire phone, and discuss services that can help you engage more customers and make more money.
HAPPY HOUR | Q&A
Register now to attend the Amazon Developer Day at GDC 2014 and come meet the Amazon team.
The Amazon Appstore developer team will be at Casual Connect San Francisco on July 21st with developer pre-day of sessions from 10 am through 3 pm at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. No need to be a Casual Connect badge holder, all developers are invited to join us free of charge for a day of sessions to help you learn how to build, optimize and monetize your apps and games for Fire devices.
The day is designed to take you from an overview of our latest devices including Fire phone and Fire TV, cover technical details about the devices, while sharing how other developers are using the innovation of Fire TV and Fire phone to reach more customers.
We’ll also be covering the following topics:
Finally, we’ll be covering some of the benefits available to Amazon Appstore developers. The Amazon Mobile Ad Network is offering a new incentive. Please come visit us at exhibit #421 to learn about the Amazon Mobile Ad Network and earn a $50 Amazon.com gift card** by integrating the Amazon Mobile Ads API into your qualified app* during Casual Connect.
We’ll have devices for you to explore and test your apps– be one of the first developers to play with Fire!
*Existing apps already sending ad requests do not qualify. Apps that integrate the Amazon Mobile Ads API for the first time are eligible for the offer.
**One Amazon.com Gift Card per participant while supplies last. Amazon.com Gift Cards ("GCs") may be used only to purchase eligible goods on Amazon.com or certain of its affiliated websites. GCs cannot be redeemed for purchases of gift cards. Except as required by law, GCs cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash, or applied to any other account. For complete GC terms and conditions, see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. No expiration or service fees. Amazon may modify or cancel this offer at any time.
If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, please come out and join Amazon Appstore for a workshop on building apps and games for Fire phone and Fire TV. Learn more on how to get your app into the living room or create apps that respond in all new ways. This MoDev exclusive event is on Saturday, July 12 from 10am-4pm. Bring your laptops and join Amazon Developer Evangelists and Fire phone product experts for a hands-on workshop designed to get you started with Fire phone and Fire TV.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:00AM – 4:00PM
1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA (in the Ballroom off of lower town hall)
Want to attend this event?
Whether you have an existing app or are looking to launch a new app, this is an opportunity to work directly with our team for hands-on development support. Plus, you can test your apps on Fire phone and Fire TV.
|10:00AM – 10:30AM||Check-In & Breakfast|
|10:30AM-11:30AM||Fire TV Overview|
|11:30AM-1:00PM||Getting Started with Fire TV|
|1:30PM-2:30PM||Fire Phone Overview|
|2:30PM-4:00PM||Getting Started with Fire Phone|
We’ll cap the afternoon with giveaways, gaming fun and a happy hour for attendees and evangelists to network.
We look forward to meeting you at the Artisphere in July!
While at GDC last week, I was able to speak to over 300 developers. It’s exciting to see all the ideas and the passion that fuels them - I love being around people that are so creative and productive. Often our conversations would turn to how to take their great idea and turn it into a great business. We’d talk about how to expand their distribution channels, best practices for monetization, opportunities for promotion and, most importantly, how to continuously improve the experience of their game.
Most of the people I spoke to understood the basic premise of AB Testing — to provide more than one experience and see which performs the best. For example, it’s common in advertising to deploy several ads with different messaging or art work to a small number of customers and then expand to more with the one that performs the best. It’s similar in a game, where you could test several experiences like the difficulty of a level, the impact of ad placement, or the effectiveness of your viral mechanic, etc.
Still, most of the developers I spoke to were surprised and excited by the following 4 aspects of Amazon’s AB Testing service:
You can give it a try right now. It’s available from the developer portal at https://developer.amazon.com/public/apis/manage/ab-testing.
Amazon returns to GDC in 2014, offering technical and business-related sessions on building and monetizing apps, fast-track app publication into the Amazon Appstore, and partner showcases.
It’s no secret that the most profitable games are the ones that keep their players engaged—usually through a combination of great content and the best use of technology. On Tuesday, March 18, Amazon is sponsoring a day of eight sessions at GDC, on topics like game architecture, design, technology, and monetization strategies. You will gain insights whether building a backend, expanding to additional platforms, scaling to handle more players, or exploring new revenue streams. Anyone with an Expo pass can attend, so plan to join us today!
In addition, Android developers who have Expo passes will be able to submit an app to the Amazon Appstore for Android and have it reviewed for potential publication in as fast as two hours. Bring your APK file to the Amazon Appstore Blast, side load it for testing and submit the app for expedited publishing. Amazon evangelists and testers will be on hand to help check compatibility and answer any questions. (Usually no changes are necessary—75% of apps we’ve tested just work.) Come to meeting room 2546 in the North Hall to publish your app and reach millions of new customers.
Amazon partners will also be present at GDC to show off exciting new projects and advanced features related to Amazon devices and services. Dolby Laboratories will showcase the Dolby Audio API, which helps developers create truly immersive game experiences with enhanced Dolby sound. Marmalade, the cross-platform SDK and game development ecosystem, will highlight their new platform support for Amazon GameCircle on booth 2510, which makes it fast and easy to incorporate Achievements, Leaderboards and Whispersync for Games into your Marmalade-based game. In addition, Amazon staff will be on hand in the Marmalade booth to answer questions about Amazon’s developer services. Amazon’s framework partner GameSalad will also be attending GDC. Creator of a rapid development platform, GameSalad recently debuted drag-and-drop integration with Amazon GameCircle and our In-App Purchasing API.
10:00 - 10:30 am Introduction
10:30 - 11:30 am AWS Architecture
11:45 - 12:45 pm Game Analytics
12:45 - 1:45 pm Engaging Your Audience with Mobile Push Notifications (w/lunch)
1:45 - 2:30 pm Amazon AppStream - New Gaming Experiences Using the Clouds for Game Streaming
2:30 - 3:30 pm What's Working in In-App Monetization
3:30 - 4:30 pm A/B Testing with Air Patriots
4:45 - 5:45 Large Scale HTML5 Games on Desktop, Mobile & Tablets with KANO/APPS
Register now to attend the Amazon Developer Day at GDC 2014 and come meet the Amazon team.