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Hackster DFW - Amazon Echo Workshop
Hackster Live gives people
all over the world access
to the latest in hardware
education, IoT Tools,
hands-on workshops and
With over 100 ambassadors around the world, Hackster
Live encompasses our series of community organized,
hands-on meetups and workshops.
Hackster Live Sponsors
New Sponsors … Amazon Echo and Intel IoT
What’s Hackster DFW
Hackster is an online community for hardware hackers. By popular demand, we're
also launching local project nights. Our goal is simple: help hardware makers and
hackers from Dallas/Fort Worth to connect, share ideas, and build great things
Mentor or member-led group events
Show and tell of a project
Ad-hoc long-term projects
Test before you buy your own hardware
Chill out area
Kids area with littleBits and the like.
Finally, working on your own
Why Hackster DFW?
Ron Dagdag, Hackster Ambassador for DFW
Personally, I want to explore the intersection of
Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality,
Robotics and IoT.
Welcome - Introduce yourself
Who is Hackster.io and how it works, contests, prizes, etc
Hackster Live DFW
Discuss shaping this meetup group
Hackster DFW Group Discussion
Quick Picks - mention cool technology, events, that are going on
that people should be aware of.
Project demos / show and tell
Discuss Hackster challenges
Discuss and pitch projects
Split out into groups and build things
Thank our sponsors
Create Hackster.io account http://bit.ly/join-hackster-dfw
Create a new project at Hackster.IO and post a photo of your
Join hacksterlive slack channel
What is Alexa?
Alexa is a cloud-based voice service that can
read the news
The Alexa Voice Service (AVS)
Enables you to add voice-powered experiences to your connected devices
For device makers that have a connected product with a microphone and
Your customers speak to Alexa through the microphone on your device and
Alexa will respond through your device’s speaker
Gives your customers access to Alexa’s skills and capabilities, including
those created by you or other developers using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)
Can use connected devices like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, even your
The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)
A collection of:
Documentation and code samples
Easily add “skills” to Alexa
“Alexa, ask my garage door to close”
“Alexa, what will the weather be like tomorrow?”
”Alexa, tell my game room lights to go to movie mode”
Uses devices from the Amazon Echo family
Inspiration from Hackster and around the Web
Trivia Skills by Harold Pulcher
Echo-Pi by Johnathan Hottell
Who Represents Me?
Alexa, generate my next Hackster project
RoboSapien Whips Nae Nae
Amazon Echo VR Controller
Voice Control RGB LED
Voice Controlled Garage Door Opener with Alexa
Creating your own ALEXA SKILLS
Alexa skills have two parts:
- data in Amazon Developer Portal
- responding to user requests
Sample interactions of ALEXA SKILLS
One and done
“Alexa, start Astrology and get the Pisces horoscope.”
“Alexa, start Astrology”
[“What’s your sign?”]
What is AWS Lambda?
AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. You pay
only for the compute time you consume - there is no charge when your code is not
running. With Lambda, you can run code for virtually any type of application or backend
service - all with zero administration.
No Servers to Manage
automatically runs your code without requiring you to provision or manage
automatically scales your application by running code in response to each
charged for every 100ms your code executes and the number of times your
code is triggered
What is Echosim.io?
A New Online Tool Built by the Community, for the Community
Echosim.io lives in your browser, so anyone, anywhere can access it and test their
Alexa skills. You no longer need an Alexa-enabled device to test your skills.
Developers worldwide can use Echosim.io to experience Alexa. Its simplicity
makes it easy for anyone to understand what an Echo is and what it does without
having to explain Alexa’s unique UX.