Manager of Software Development at Amazon Alexa
Alexa, tell me about yourself
Natural user interfaces, like those based on speech, represent the next major disruption in computing. Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV provides a set of built-in abilities that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of these skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer and more. With the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), you can easily build your own skills for Alexa that run across any device and are hosted in the cloud (like AWS Lambda). Customers can then access your skill simply by asking Alexa a question or making a command. This session will give you an overview of the proven best practices for designing voice user interfaces (VUI), how to maximize usability of your voice experience, and how to create compelling voice experiences with the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).
About Francois Boisvert
Francois Boisvert is a dynamic software development leader that spent the last 18 years helping innovation companies building disruptive version 1 products around high performing teams. Francois was Consulting VP at Macadamian, a local consulting firm specialized in creating software user like to use, where he led the mobile development business unit and worked with companies like LinkedIn, Twitter and Blackberry to create unique mobile experiences that are used by millions of people around the world. He recently joined Amazon to build a software development team in Ottawa that will participate in revolutionizing the way we interact with our environment using the most intuitive interface, our voice.