Build Voice-Enabled Experiences with Alexa

Get deep-dive into future of voice-based experience

09:30 AM to 05:30 PM, 11 January 2019, Thoughtworks, Pune

Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service available on tens of millions of devices from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. With Alexa, you can build natural voice experiences that offer customers a more intuitive way to interact with the technology they use every day.


  • Developers to work on building skills.
  • account and verified AWS account created in advance. AWS Account takes 24 hours to verify so please do it before the workshop.
  • Attendees to carry their own laptops.



9:00 AM - Intro to Alexa

  • The future of voice-based experiences
  • Overview of Echo, Alexa, and the tools used to build Alexa skills.  

9:30 AM - Skill Building Basics 

  • Intro to Intents, Slots, Samples
  • Handling Requests with AWS Lambda and Node.JS
  • Build your first skill:
  • Certify and Publish your skill

11:00 AM - Voice Design

  • The principles of Voice Design
  • Best practices for engaging skills
  • Brainstorming and flow diagrams
  • Using the Skill Builder tool

12:30 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM – Skill Building (cont.)

  • Remembering with Session Attributes
  • Building skills with data and lists
  • Adding Long term memory with Dynamo DB
  • Build the High Low game:

3:00 PM – Break

3.30 PM – Conversational UI

  • Multi-turn dialogs
  • Intro to intent and slot confirmations
  • Slot filling

4.30 PM - New Features and APIs

  • Introduction to Alexa’s newest features
  • Demos
  • Wrap up


Sohan Maheshwar

Alexa Evangelist

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