Darlene Wong, Varang Amin

Darlene Wong and Varang Amin are Senior Software Engineers working on QA Automation at Palo Alto Networks.

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Ask Alexa: How do I create my first Alexa skill?

Python & Libraries, DevOps & Automation, Fun & People, Novice
8/18/2018 | 2:10 PM-2:40 PM | Robertson


Have you ever asked Alexa to play a song, asked Siri for a restaurant recommendation, or asked OK Google for a stock price? Digital personal assistants are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. If you’ve ever wondered how you can get started on customizing your digital personal assistant, this talk is for you! We will walk through how to create a basic Alexa skill, test it, and publish it.


We will walk through how to create a basic Alexa skill. We will walk through the process of using the Alexa Skills Kit to build a voice user interface (VUI) and creating a backend AWS Lambda function in Python. We will also talk about how to test and publish your skill.