How to Create an Alexa Skill


By now you must have heard of it – the Amazon Echo. It is leading the smart home battles and has become the device everyone is playing catch up to. And yet, the application (or skill) offerings are very low (only about 2,000 at this point). This means it is still a great time to learn how to create an Alexa skill and get millions of people to interact with it. By using Amazon’s REST API, JavaScript, and Node.js we will build an Alexa Skill that can be hosted in the cloud and available to all Alexa devices (Echo, Tap, Dot, Fire TV, and a host of other devices embedding the Alexa Voice Services). This session will cover an introduction to the Echo and the current development environment for building skills. We will use that knowledge to build a working skill and experiment with it during the session.

Rick Wargo

Rick Wargo is an innovative and cross-functional technology leader and architect with extensive experience in full lifecycle software development, data warehousing and analytics, business strategy, and process improvement in professional services, legal, and healthcare verticals. Rick played integral roles in developing, building, and delivering successful solution architectures in Microsoft and Open Source technologies leading up to 10x performance increases in execution and cost savings. He is currently serving as president of the Philadelphia Business Intelligence User Group. Rick is also an Alexa Champion. Find out more by visiting www.rickwargo.com.