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Developing on Amazon Alexa/Echo -- A Hands-On Workshop with Amazon

  • Havana, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge One Broadway Cambridge, MA, 02142 USA (map)

Brought to you by the Full Stack Boston Meetup. Seating is very limited. Please only sign up if you can commit to attending:


Bring your laptop and programming skills to this 2 hour workshop, where you will create custom apps, known as "Skills", on the Amazon Alexa platform. At the end of this event, attendees will have what they need to create their own custom Alexa Skills that can run on the Amazon Echo, Dot, and other devices that utilize the Alexa API.

Due to the accelerated pace, this meeting is for individuals with some programming experience.

Alexa Solutions Architect at Amazon, Robert McCauley will demonstrate how to program Alexa, leverage Amazon's AI engine, and design voice applications in general. 

• If you have never used AWS, you will learn how. 

• Prefer your own hosting? You will also learn how to use your own host instead of Amazon's cloud.

• You will also learn how to publish your skills to the world or private groups.

• If you don't have an Alexa unit, you will learn how to code & test without one. You will also learn how to possibly win a free device. 

About Alexa:

Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more.

The Alexa Skills Kit is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. 

About the Speaker:

Robert McCauley is an Alexa Solutions Architect at, where he assists and trains developers everywhere to learn how to build voice applications.

Before joining the Amazon Alexa team, Robert was a SQL developer for one of the largest enterprise database companies in the world and a robotics engineer at Amazon.  A lifelong Bostonian, Rob enjoys biking, piano playing, answering questions and hacking in NodeJS. 

Pre-event prep: 

Sign up for an Amazon developer account (free) at

Sign up for an AWS account (free - but CC required for signup) at 

Download sample templates to your desktop at

Please bring a laptop and not a tablet. You will need desktop multi-tab capabilities.

Lab examples are in NodeJS. Familiarity with JavaScript or Node is helpful, but not required. You can write your code in other languages like C#, Python, and Java. 


5:45pm - Light refreshment & socializing
6:00pm - Presentation, Q&A and announcements
8:00pm - Event closes

Meetup & Event Sponsors:

 + Amazon

 + inTouch Technology Corp.

In-kind Sponsors

 + CIC

Earlier Event: June 21
Cognitive Design Thinking Salon
Later Event: June 22
Meditation (Canceled)