Creating Amazon Alexa Skills

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way humans work with machines. Voice-controlled interfaces are one example where computers and humans are interrelating in a variety of ways to accomplish certain tasks. Amazon released Echo with their integrated virtual assistant software called Alexa in 2014, and the technology has evolved quite significantly in just a few years.

In this webinar:

  • Understand what an Alexa Skill is and what it is capable of doing
  • Learn the various parts of an Alexa Skill and how they fit together
  • Gather the necessary tools and resources required to program Alexa
  • Highlight best practices for testing, publishing, and monitoring


Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. In 2016, Chad was awarded the League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology! Chad plays drums in Low Season and he also co-organizes Gulf Coast Maker and Comic Con, which has been held at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus since 2014.