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Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide

Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide
From TechCrunch - July 6, 2017

With over 15,000 voice-activated apps and growing,Amazons Alexa platform has momentum. And Amazon is expected control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year, outpacing Google Home and others. Now the company is doubling down on its investment in the developer community, with the debut of a new event series that trains developers to build for Alexa.

Launching in partnership with Intel, Alexa Dev Days is Amazons new traveling event series that begins this month with sessions in Seattle, before heading out to other major U.S. metros, including Chicago, Dallas, Boston, L.A., San Francisco, NYC, Atlanta, Philly, D.C., Austin, Miami, and several more around the country.

It will also hit select markets in Europe, including London, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Manchester, Dublin and more. (The full lineup is published here.)

The idea with the new program, Amazon explains, is to offer developers a hands-on, immersive learning opportunity focused on building skills for Alexa devices, from smart home applications to games. An Amazon trainer will guide the sessions, walking developers through the mechanics of building for Alexa using Amazons skill building design tool and AWS Lambda.

This will be followed by a focus on the design process itself, which will include time for attendees to brainstorm and share ideas with one another.

Developers will then spend time running through lab exercises, where they can get help from the onsite Alexa expert as they practice what theyve learned. These labs will include skill-building exercises where they create apps that tell facts, make restaurant recommendations, play games, call APIs, read and write from databases, and call to other AWS services. Some of the events will also offer training on using the Alexa Voice Service.

In addition, developers will learn how to submit completed skills to Alexas Skill Store for certificationwhich is how the skills they create become available to the general public.

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