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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:

Duration: 00:38:46

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...

Duration: 00:34:17

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:...

Duration: 00:32:29

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:...

Duration: 00:37:38

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:

Duration: 00:39:35

Episode 010 - Building an Alexa Skill with Flask-Ask with John Wheeler

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. Links: John's Twitter: Flask-Ask Website: Flask-Ask training at Flask-Ask GitHub: Flask Website:...

Duration: 00:30:51

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...

Duration: 00:40:01

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.

Duration: 00:30:31

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.

Duration: 00:29:45

Episode002 - A Journey in Voice and a Trip to the Starlanes with Jo Jaquinta

In this episode Dave and Alexa community member Jo Jaquinta cover their early gaming backgrounds, how Joe has 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.

Duration: 00:26:40