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Episode 019 - Looking Back at the Year in Voice and What's Next

This episode reflects back on Voice Design in 2017 and what we might expect to see this coming year. Dave brings back guest Paul Cutsinger and the two discuss the rise of multiple Alexa device form factors, how can voice driven experiences take advantage of visual information and what does all this mean for conversational experiences. Are there lessons can we can learn from Mobile or are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? Dave also dives deeper into what game development and...


Episode 018 - A Voice First Future with Brian Roemmele

In this episode Dave chats with Brian Roemmele about the future of voice and conversational user interfaces. Brian is a published writer and has been part of the tech industry for decades. He is a well-known expert in the growing voice space and has written numerous articles around the impacts of technology in our lives. This is an episode you don't want to miss! Links: Brian's Twitter: Brian's Website:


Episode 017 - An Alexadev Journey with Noelle LaCharite

In this episode Dave chats with with Noelle LaCharite, Senior Technical Program Manager on the Alexa Machine Learning team. Noelle has helped customers across many teams at Amazon including Amazon Web Services and most recently as a Developer Evangelist for Alexa. Noelle shares her experiences working across all of these teams as well as insights into her highly engaged Alexa skills, including the popular 1 Minute Mindfulness skill. Links: Noelle's Twitter:...


Episode 016 - The Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Accelerator with Rodrigo and Aviel

In this episode Dave chats with with Rodrigo Prudencio from Amazon's Alexa Fund and Aviel Ginzburg, Managing Director Alexa Accelerator powered by Techstars. The Amazon Alexa Fund provides up to $100 million in venture capital funding to fuel voice technology innovation. The Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a startup accelerator created by the Alexa Fund and built around the belief that voice will fundamentally improve the way we interact with technology. The companies chosen...


Episode 015 - Creating Visual Alexa Skills for Echo Show with Jen Rapp

In this episode Dave chats with with Jen Rapp. Jen served as the Alexa Skills Kit product manager for developing the new interfaces Alexa skill developers use with Echo Show. She and her team worked to create everything from the new template layouts to the hint directive to the built-in navigational intents. Links: Display Interface Reference: How to Build Alexa Skills for Echo Show:...


Episode 012 - Alexa Skill Certification with Sameer Lalwani

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 your customers. Links: Certification Requirements for Custom Skills: Certification Posts on Alexa Blog:...


Episode 011 - Alexa Smart Home Partner Network with Zach Parker

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. Links: Smart Home on Smart Home Skill API:


Episode 008 - Alexa Skills Department on with Nora Kelly

Customers can now browse the breadth of the Alexa skills catalog and discover new Alexa skills on 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...


Episode 006 - Alexa International Launch with Dean Bryen

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 004 - Learning Through Experience with Alexa Hackathons and Paul Cutsinger

In this episode Dave chats with Alexa Hackathon Team Manager, Paul Custsinger. 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.


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