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The Alexa Live free online conference has concluded, but you can still access the insights that were shared. Visit the Alexa Live resource center to view recordings of all 18 sessions plus resources each speaker shared during their session. We hope you enjoy the content and gain new insights and techniques you can apply to your Alexa skills. Visit resource center

Why Attend

This free online conference will give you the knowledge you need to get started with voice. For experienced Alexa developers, you’ll learn how to leverage the latest voice technologies to build more conversational skills.

You’ll also learn how to monetize your Alexa skills to build more interactive experiences, reach more customers, and grow your voice business.

15+ Sessions

Join Alexa experts as they cover a broad range of topics, providing technical depth on voice design and code across core themes: personalization, conversational design, in-skill purchasing, and multimodal skill building.

Q&A

Chat with Alexa skill-building experts and get your business and technical questions answered.

Resources

Register to access whitepapers, session recordings, code samples, and case studies to educate and inspire.

Featured Speakers
Dave Isbitski

Chief Evangelist,
Amazon Alexa

Paul Cutsinger

Head of Education,
Amazon Alexa

Neelam Saboo

Product Manager,
Amazon Alexa

Tim McElreath

Director of Technology,
Discovery, Inc.

Cami Williams

Senior Evangelist,
Amazon Alexa

Bret Kinsella

Editor,
Voicebot.ai

Anna Van Brookhoven

Technical Writer,
Amazon Alexa

John Gillilan

Founder,
bondad.fm

Dylan Zwick

Chief Product Officer,
Pulse Labs

John Kelvie

Founder,
Bespoken

Steven Arkonovich

Founder,
Philosophical Creations

Alison Atwell

VUI Designer,
Amazon Alexa

Amit Jotwani

Senior Evangelist,
Amazon Alexa

Sheena Yang

Senior UX Designer,
Amazon Alexa

Akersh Srivastava

Senior Solutions Architect,
Amazon Alexa

Stefania Sharp

Senior Solutions Architect,
Amazon Alexa

Scott Dart

Senior SA Manager,
Amazon Alexa

Justin Jeffress

Senior Evangelist,
Amazon Alexa

Franklin Lobb

Senior Solutions Architect,
Amazon Alexa

Robert McCauley

Senior Evangelist,
Amazon Alexa

Eric Fahsl

Senior Evangelist,
Amazon Alexa

Muhammad Yahia

Software Development Manager,
Amazon Alexa

Arun Singh

Senior Product Manager,
Amazon Alexa

Session Descriptions

Keynotes  |  Design  |  Tools  |  Monetization  |  Multimodal

Alexa Everywhere

Since Alexa's launch, developers have built over 80,000 Alexa skills, enabling new experiences across many device form factors at home, at work, in the car, and on the go. Get an overview of the voice-first movement, conversational AI trends, and the latest Alexa developer tools to help you give your vision a voice. This session is relevant for attendees at all skill levels.

Speaker: Dave Isbitski, Chief Evangelist at Amazon Alexa

Time: 9:00-9:30 am PT

Trends Shaping the Future of Voice

Voice is quickly becoming a part of everyday life. But what's driving this shift to voice? And what does it mean for developers and brands trying to capitalize on this shift? Join Alexa's head of education and Bret Kinsella, Editor and Publisher of Voicebot.ai, for a closer look at the growing voice economy and where it's heading. This session is relevant for attendees at all skill levels.

Speakers:
Paul Cutsinger, Head of Education at Amazon Alexa
Bret Kinsella, Editor at Voicebot.ai

Time: 12:30-1:00 pm PT

Keynote Speakers

Dave Isbitski

Chief Evangelist, Amazon Alexa

Paul Cutsinger

Head of Education, Amazon Alexa

Bret Kinsella

Editor, Voicebot.ai

How to Shift From Screen-First to Voice-First Design

Voice is fast-becoming a common user interface. But designing for voice is different from designing for screens. There are subtle but potent differences to consider. Attend this session to learn the four design best practices that are unique to voice-first interactions. This session is relevant for beginner and expert developers who are new to voice design.

Speakers:
Paul Cutsinger, Head of Education at Amazon Alexa
Anna Van Brookhoven, Technical Writer at Amazon Alexa

Time: 9:30-10:15 am PT

How to Design Engaging Voice-First Games

Developers are adding voice to their wildest gaming ideas, re-imagining a whole new way to engage players by feeding their curiosity and firing up their imaginations, while making money and even building a business. Learn about the diverse world of Alexa gaming and how to build engaging voice games that players will love. This session is relevant for new to intermediate developers.

Speaker: Paul Cutsinger, Head of Education at Amazon Alexa

Time:10:15-11:00 am PT

How to Tailor Your Alexa Skills to Deliver Truly Personalized Experiences

With new tools in the Alexa Skills Kit, you can personalize the experience by providing information that's contextually relevant to your customer, driving deeper engagement. Learn how to use features like the Customer Profile API and state management to better engage with your customers. This session is relevant for intermediate and advanced developers.

Speakers:
Eric Fahsl, Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa
John Gillilan, Founder of bondad.fm

Time: 11:00-11:45 am PT

How to Write Great Dialogs for Alexa Skills

Great dialog can elevate a voice experience from a transaction to a conversation. In much the same way the layout, color, and animations on a screen can impact usability, wording can signal subtle meaning to users. Learn best practices for writing engaging dialog that will make your voice experience more focused, natural, and simple for customers. This session is relevant for beginner to immediate developers.

Speakers:
Justin Jeffress, Senior Evangelist at Amazon Alexa
Alison Atwell, VUI Designer at Amazon Alexa

Time: 11:45 am-12:30 pm PT

Design Track Speakers

John Gillilan

Founder of bondad.fm

Anna Van Brookhoven

Technical Writer, Amazon Alexa

Alison Atwell

VUI Designer, Amazon Alexa

Paul Cutsinger

Head of Education, Amazon Alexa

Eric Fahsl

Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa

Justin Jeffress

Senior Evangelist, Amazon Alexa

Make Money with Alexa Skills: An Overview

Developers are making money and building businesses through Alexa skills using in-skill purchasing (ISP) or Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills. Learn about the different in-skill products you can offer to make money and engage customers, best practices for creating premium experiences, and how to select the right in-skill product for your skill. This session is suitable for business-minded developers who want to understand their options.

Speakers:
Amit Jotwani, Senior Evangelist at Amazon Alexa
Neelam Saboo, Product Manager at Amazon Alexa

Time: 9:30-10:15 am PT

Deep Dive into Three Critical Aspects of Alexa's In-Skill Purchase API

Attend this technical session for a deeper dive into how in-skill purchasing works. We'll walk through data and user flow diagrams of a monetized Alexa skill. Learn how to implement and debug at every stage of the purchasing flow. This session is suitable for business-minded developers who want to dive into the technical details.

Speakers:
Sheena Yang, Senior UX Designer at Amazon Alexa
Muhammad Yahia, Software Development Manager at Amazon Alexa

Time: 10:15-11:00 am PT

Code Deep Dive: Implementing ISP with Node.js

Learn how to add in-skill purchasing to Alexa skills in this technical deep dive of our monetized sample skill. We'll explain each line of code as we walk through several scenarios that monetized skills should be able to handle. This session is suitable for developers who have published at least one skill and want to dive into the technical details.

Speaker: Amit Jotwani, Senior Evangelist at Amazon Alexa

Time: 11:00-11:45 am PT

Live Coding: Adding ISP to Voice-First Games

Learn how to create premium game features such as hints and leaderboards in this technical deep dive of our new sample skill. You'll gain an understanding of the three types of in-skill product options and advanced concepts such as using Amazon DynamoDB, multimodal skill development, and internationalization. This session is suitable for developers who have published at least one skill.

Speaker: Robert McCauley, Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa

Time: 11:45 am-12:30 pm PT

Monetization Track Speakers

Neelam Saboo

Product Manager, Amazon Alexa

Amit Jotwani

Senior Evangelist, Amazon Alexa

Sheena Yang

Senior UX Designer, Amazon Alexa

Muhammad Yahia

Software Development Manager, Amazon Alexa

Robert McCauley

Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Alexa

How to Build Your First Great Alexa Skill

Join this walkthrough to learn the fundamentals of creating an engaging Alexa skill. You'll learn design and engineering best practices for creating personal and dynamic skills. This session is relevant for beginners.

Speaker: Justin Jeffress, Senior Evangelist at Amazon Alexa

Time: 9:30-10:15 am PT

Build, Edit, Test, and Monetize in the Alexa Developer Console

Attend this technical session for a deeper dive into how in-skill purchasing works. We'll walk through data and user flow diagrams of a monetized Alexa skill. Learn how to implement and debug at every stage of the purchasing flow. This session is suitable for business-minded developers who want to dive into the technical details.

Speakers:
Franklin Lobb, Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa
Akersh Srivastava, Senior Evangelist at Amazon Alexa

Time: 10:15-11:00 am PT

Alexa Skill Developer Tools: Build Better Skills Faster

Explore the suite of developer tools in the Alexa Skills Kit and how you can use them to code, deploy, test, debug, and collaborate on skills more productively. This session is relevant for attendees comfortable with technical tools.

Speakers:
Scott Dart, Senior SA Manager at Amazon Alexa
Dylan Zwick, Chief Product Officer at Pulse Labs

Time: 11:00-11:45 am PT

Best Practices for Testing Your Alexa Skills

Testing and automation help you deliver reliable skills for customers and a great user experience. Get an overview of unit testing and end-to-end testing best practices for Alexa skills. This session is suitable for experienced developers.

Speakers:
Stefania Sharp, Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa
John Kelvie, CEO of Bespoken

Time: 11:45 am-12:30 pm PT

Tools Track Speakers

John Kelvie

Founder, Bespoken

Dylan Zwick

Chief Product Officer, Pulse Labs

Stefania Sharp

Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Alexa

Scott Dart

Senior SA Manager, Amazon Alexa

Justin Jeffress

Senior Evangelist, Amazon Alexa

Franklin Lobb

Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Alexa

Akersh Srivastava

Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Alexa

Building Voice-First, Visual Experiences for Alexa

Discover how the Alexa Presentation Language (APL) makes it easy to develop voice-first, visual experiences for tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices with screens. Learn how to use APL components, adaptability features, reusable design patterns, and viewport profiles to create rich, interactive multimodal experiences.

Speakers:
Arun Singh, Senior Product Manager at Amazon Alexa
Steven Arkonovich, Professor and Founder of Philosophical Creations

Time: 9:30-10:15 am PT

How We Design Multimodal Skills at Discovery

By combining voice with complementary visuals, you can deepen engagement between your skill and target audience. Hear from the technology director at Discovery, Inc. to learn how his team used APL to build voice-first, visual experiences for leading brands like Food Network and Discovery Channel. This session is suitable for attendees at all levels.

Speakers:
Cami Williams, Senior Evangelist at Amazon Alexa
Akersh Srivastava, Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa
Tim McElreath, Director of Technology, Mobile, and Emerging Platforms at Discovery, Inc

Time:10:15-11:00 am PT

Code Deep Dive: Alexa Presentation Language

Learn how to create visually rich voice-first games in this technical deep dive of our new sample skill. You'll learn how to leverage APL components to complement your voice experience on Alexa-enabled devices with screens using graphics, images, lists, and more. This session is suitable for developers who have published at least one skill.

Speaker: Robert McCauley, Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Alexa

Time: 11:00-11:45 am PT

Live Coding: Getting Started with APL

Gain an interactive walkthrough of how to build an APL template using the new APL authoring tool in the Alexa Developer Console and how to incorporate an APL template into your skill. This session is suitable for developers who have published at least one skill and want to dive into the technical details.

Speaker: Cami Williams, Senior Evangelist at Amazon Alexa

Time: 11:45 am-12:30 pm PT

Multimodal Track Speakers

Arun Singh

Senior Product Manager,
Amazon Alexa

Tim McElreath

Director of Technology, Discovery, Inc.

Akersh Srivastava

Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Alexa

Robert McCauley

Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Alexa

Cami Williams

Senior Evangelist, Amazon Alexa

Steven Arkonovich

Professor and Founder of Philosophical Creations