Building a Better Web
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Building Alexa skills just to mess with your kids

Bobby Johnson (Auth0)
4:25pm–5:05pm Thursday, June 14, 2018
Web services and APIs
Location: 212 A/B
Secondary topics:  Developer Experience Track: Tools, Platforms, and Techniques, Technical
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with any development language (This course uses JavaScript for backend code.)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to build your own customizations for the Amazon Alexa platform


Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant, is incredibly easy to build for, with a developer API that lets you add custom functionality. Bobby Johnson walks you through building Alexa skills for the sole purpose of having fun with your kids. You’ll discover what’s possible and learn how to add functionality as you create your own skills (Alexa customizations)—whether for your kids, your pets, or purely for your own personal enjoyment. You’ll also see what’s needed to release a skill publicly.

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Bobby Johnson


Bobby is a full-stack developer, advocate, and evangelist at Auth0. He is a passionate engineer with an interest in learning and teaching new technologies, using open source software, and engaging the greater software development community. His experience ranges from building line-of-business applications for financial professionals with Russell Investments and Milliman to distributed social content apps with Cheezeburger and Steller.

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Pratibha Soni |
07/04/2018 5:23pm PDT

Thanks for sharing it with us.

Derrick Morton | UI DEVELOPER
06/14/2018 3:37pm PDT

Awesome Talk!