IndyAWS Meetup: Making an Alexa Skill Feel More Natural


Mar 16


14 people went

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT

[Shown to members only]

This month, we will be meeting virtually to discuss Amazon Alexa. RSVP today for the Zoom information!

5:00p - 5:15p: Announcements

5:15p - 5:55p: "Making an Alexa Skill Feel More Natural" by Brian Tarbox
There are a hundred thousand Alexa skills but only a handful are "high engagement".  We'll show how the Premier League skill works to maintain the illusion that the user isn't talking to a computer.  We'll look at the voice interaction code, the Python based Lambda code, and the Skill Dashboard to see how to make any skill better.  For reference, Premier League gets 16,000 invocations a month.   We'll also take a quick look at OBS to see how to make your Zoom presentations more interesting.

5:55p - 6:00p: Closing Notes/Networking in

Guests are more than welcome to attend, but please have each person RSVP on their own Meetup account!

About the speaker: 
Brian Tarbox is an AWS Community Hero, leads the Boston AWS MeetUp and holds 10 US Patents.  He has degrees in Linguistic Philosophy and Cognitive Psychology (for his work with bottlenosed dolphins at the University of Hawaii).  He's won innovation awards from IBM and Atlassian and wrote an open source system to convert log files into music so you could listen to your program.

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