Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: IT/Dev Connections News
Description: Stay up-to-date on IT/Dev Connections. Get the latest news on speakers, sessions, pre-cons, community events, sponsors, and special registration savings.
Real world use: Some of you may be aware, but my primary job here at Informa/Penton is running the company’s technology conferences. I have years of experience running small, medium, and large sized events and truly love putting together in-person content that is educational and valuable. Â One of those conferences is IT/Dev Connections. IT/Dev Connections 2017 kicks off in San Francisco in October (23-26). This year we’re putting some big emphasis on taking the conference to the next level through modern technologies like Alexa.
I’ve been digging into Alexa development over the last couple months, so we’ve now released a pretty simple Flash Briefing skill for IT/Dev Connections. This particular skill can be added to your daily Flash Briefing to stay informed about new conference features, speaker news, and any myriad of other things like registration deals, etc.
I’ve also released one for another conference of ours, Data Center World, but the true test is coming. I’m currently working on a much more detailed Alexa skill that we’ll be using at the conference itself – turning Alexa into a conference helpdesk kiosk. Attendees will be able to just ask Alexa about sessions, speakers, timeslots, locations, hotel information, etc., etc. It’s a massive undertaking for sure, primarily because much of Alexa development is slow and manual.
For now, though, snag the IT/Dev Connections News skill to listen to near daily updates and get behind-the-scenes information.
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Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!