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Dave Isbitski discusses various aspects of Alexa (Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service), natural language understanding, voice recognition, and how developers like you are building innovative solutions. The podcasts include Alexa news, developer tips, and interviews with Alexa developers and Alexa employees.  

Episode 14 (35:07) Voice Enabling Home Appliances with the GE Appliances WiFi Connect Cloud Team

June 16, 2017 | Play Episode »

In the episode Dave chats with the GE Appliances WiFi Connect Cloud team. They have taken an interesting approach to their Alexa Skill, rather than creating multiple skills for each GE appliance in your home they have created one super skill, named Geneva. The team shares what they learned creating Geneva and how to test and evolve such a complex interaction model.


Episode 13 (33:41) Creating Alexa Skills Using BeSpoken Tools with John Kelvie

May 17, 2017 | Play Episode »

In the episode Dave chats with John Kelvie. John is the CTO of XAPPMedia and one of the founders of Bespoken, a suite of tools that helps developers with building, debugging and monitoring their Alexa Skills.


Episode 12 (37:38) Alexa Skill Certification with Sameer Lalwani

April 17, 2017 | Play Episode »

In the episode Dave chats with Sameer Lalwani, Sr. Program Manager on the Alexa Skills Certification team at Amazon. Sameer shares best practices for getting your skill published as well as guidance for building more engaging skills for customers.


Episode 11 (39:36) Alexa Smart Home Business with Zach Parker

March 24, 2017 | Play Episode »

In the episode Dave catches up with Zach Parker, head of Business Development for Alexa Smart Home at Amazon. The two discuss recent product innovations, new customer experiences and current Smart Home industry trends.


Episode 10 (30:52) Building an Alexa Skill with Flask-Ask with John Wheeler

February 24, 2017 | Play Episode »

In the episode Dave chats with Alexa Champion, John Wheeler. John is the author of the popular Flask-Ask framework which helps developers quickly create and test high quality Alexa skills using the Python programming language. 


Episode 9 (34:26) Alexa Skills with C# and Azure with Bob Lautenbach

January 24, 2017 | Play Episode »

In the episode Dave chats with Bob Lautenbach. Bob is an Alexa skills developer who has published a bunch open source projects that aid developers in creating Alex skills using C# and Visual Studio.


Episode 8 (40:01) Alexa Skills Department on Amazon.com with Nora Kelly

November 15, 2016 | Play Episode »

Customers can now browse the breadth of the Alexa skills catalog and discover new Alexa skills on Amazon.com. In this episode Dave chats with Nora Kelly, a Sr. Marketing Manager on Alexa whose team covers consumer marketing and customer experience for Alexa skills. The two discuss how Alexa skills are ranked, how skills appear in the weekly trending placements, how to ensure customers know your skill has been updated and how you can interact with customers directly on your skill's Amazon.com detail page.


Episode 7 (31:41) ASK Weekly and Alexa Community with Mark Carpenter 

October 21, 2016 | Play Episode »

In this episode Dave chats with Alexa Champion, Mark Carpenter, about his popular ASK Weekly Newsletter, the growing Alexa Dev community and Mark's Talking Alexa Podcast. 


Episode 6 (30:31) | Alexa International Launch with Dean Bryen

October 6, 2016 | Play Episode »

In this episode Dave chats with UK Alexa Evangelist, Dean Bryen, about the Alexa international launch. The two discuss the developer community in the UK and Germany as well as how to use multiple spoken languages within your own Alexa skills. You can follow Dean on twitter @deanbryen.

Episode 5 (26:45) | Building Alexa Skills with .NET and Walt Quesada

September 26, 2016 | Play Episode »

In this episode Dave chats with Alexa Champion, Walt Quesada, about his experience building Alexa Skills with .NET and the Alexa Skills Kit. Walt has also written a course for Pluralsight on the same topic as well as on his website.


Episode 4 (29:45) | Learning Through Experience with Alexa Hackathons and Paul Cutsinger 

August 29, 2016 | Play Episode »

In this episode Dave chats with Alexa Hackathon Team Manager, Paul Cutsinger. The two chat about early Amazon Developer Day events, how that has turned into a formal Alexa hackathon team, ways developers are learning at these events and the interesting projects that have been created around Alexa.


Episode 3 (34:34) | Adventures into Alexa Skills Content and Tools with Galactoise and Chiaco

August 15, 2016 | Play Episode »

In this episode Dave chats with Alexa community members Galactoise and Chiaco about building for the Alexa Skills Kit, creating an engaging Alexa skill, how to test and debug your skills, how they build an Alexa emulator as well as important lessons they have learned along the way.  


Episode 2 (26:40) | A Journey in Voice and a Trip to the Starlanes with Jo Jaquinta

July 13, 2016 | Play Episode »

In this episode Dave and Alexa community member Jo Jaquinta cover their early gaming backgrounds, how Jo built an Alexa Space Empire game, and what pitfalls he ran into along the way. Jo also covers how he has increased engagement rates within his Alexa skills but continued to evolve the game with new ASK features like SSML audio.  


Episode 1 (30:27) | Smart Home with Charlie Kindel

June 29, 2016 | Play Episode »

In this episode Dave and Charlie discuss the launch of Smart Home Skill API for Alexa Skills Kit, give insights to some of their own history in Smart Home, talk about what solutions developers are building, and more.  

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Dave Isbitski, Chief Evangelist
Alexa and Echo

Dave has been a professional speaker, trainer and evangelist for over a decade. He has taught full-day courses on many topics including Mobile Apps, Cloud and the Web. Dave has helped launch numerous technology platforms, frameworks and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Dave is also an author for Lynda.com and can be found on twitter as @TheDaveDev and the Amazon Apps & Services Blog.

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Very special thanks to Drew Blanke, aka Dr. Blankenstein, for the creation of the intro and outro music used in this podcast.

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