An Alexa Skill?
Alexa (the Amazon voice service behind millions of devices including the Amazon Echo) provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to create a more personalized experience. Amazon provides an Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) which is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that enable developers to build and host most skills for free using Amazon Web Services.
About the Hackathon
General Assembly hosted an Alexa Hackathon where UX Designers and Web Developers had 8 hours to design an Alexa Skill. The theme of the hackathon was to develop an Alexa skill that would help enhance the user's wellbeing.
Teams had 30 minutes of brainstorming to pitch ideas and form teams, then 7.5 hours to build our skill. During initial planning, our team identified these additional requirements/contraints:
-Must be fully functioning in 8 hours
-No data mining/scraping available
-No database-building available
Pen & Paper, Whiteboard, Amazon Developer Console, AWS Management Console, Adobe Illustrator
Fully-deployable Alexa skill, branding and logo, final presentation with UX research summary