3/21/17 AlexaDev Tuesday: Freebies For Devs!

Whether you’re down to create Alexa skills or interested in digging deep with ‘bots, I’ve got some free stuff to share with you.


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First up, Amazon recently announced a program to extend free AWS credits to Alexa skill developers: a move they hope will inspire developers work on more complex skills of the types that might otherwise incur database or usage charges. From Amazon:

We’re happy to announce a new program that makes it free for you to build and host most Alexa skills using Amazon Web Services by offering AWS promotional credits to eligible developers. This program gives you access to the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform to create and scale engaging skills for Alexa.

Now, developers with a published Alexa skill can apply to receive AWS promotional credits to be used toward AWS usage fees associated with their skill. All qualifying developers will receive a $100 AWS promotional credit to start, and can earn an additional $100 per month in AWS promotional credits when their skill incurs AWS usage charges – making it free for developers to build and host most Alexa skills.


Click here for Amazon’s application portal page.


Next, it’s something for the ‘bot developers…Regina O’Connor of Dashbot has kindly extended a discount to Love My Echo readers who are interested in attending Superbot 2017 on 5/9/17 in San Francisco. Note that I don’t receive any kind of commission for sharing this link or any part of the proceeds from sign-ups, this is just me doing a solid for my fellow devs. From Regina:

Hello Love My Echo Fans,
We are very excited to invite you to attend SuperBot 2017. SuperBot 2017 will be a gathering of innovators and inventors. This event is not to be missed if you have an interest in ChatBots. In recognition of the essential part that Love My Echo plays in this arena we would like to offer a special discount of 20% for tickets please use the code “Lovemyecho” to access this special rate. If you are interested in presenting or demonstrating your bot please contact superbotconf@dashbot.io.


Click here to register for Superbot 2017, and remember to use the discount code “Lovemyecho” at checkout.


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