Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Can you roll your own virtual assistant?

Greg Bulmash (Login with Amazon)
2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Cutting Edge
Location: Meeting Room 18 A/B
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 9 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers and web developers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of HTML and JavaScript

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to plan and execute voice interfaces for browser-based apps using open technologies


Creating sophisticated, intelligent applications that listen and respond in natural language is getting easier. Amazon’s Lex and Polly pack the power of Alexa’s voice recognition, AI, and speech synthesis into a robust set of APIs, allowing developers to create specialized virtual assistants.

Greg Bulmash walks you through building a cross-platform application that works on both mobile and desktop clients, using Lex and Polly to perform a number of useful tasks—and a few entertaining ones.

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Greg Bulmash

Login with Amazon

Greg Bulmash is a Technical Evangelist for Login with Amazon.

With over 20 years of building web sites and writing web content, he’s been Technical Editor of _Marketing Online for Dummies_, Senior Editor at The Internet Movie Database, SDE at, a “Developer Content Content Developer” for Internet Explorer, and founder of Seattle CoderDojo (a volunteer group teaching Seattle kids to program).

He’s spoken at OSCON, CascadiaJS, DevNexus, Developer Week, CodeMotion, and multiple meetups about web development, programming, evangelism, and teaching kids how to code.