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Building Alexa Skills with Python and Flask

Episode #146, published Thu, Jan 11, 2018, recorded Wed, Dec 20, 2017.

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Voice assistants and voice interfaces are quickly becoming the new, hot way to interact with computers. Two of the notable ones are amazon echo devices and google home devices.

Wouldn't it be great if we could program these with Python? Even better if we could use well-known APIs such as Flask.

This week you'll meet Eric Chou, Dave Voutila, and Cam Sweeney who discuss their frameworks and apps they've created around Amazon and Google's devices.

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Guest panelists

Eric Chou: @ericchou
Dave: @voutilad
Cam Sweeney:


Vermont Public Radio Alexa Skill:
Reverb for Amazon Alexa on iOS:
Home Assistant episode:
Alexa Speech Synthesis Markup Language Reference (SSML):
Alexa Speechcon (not speechlet, oops!) Reference (US)
Alexa Echo Recording in Murder Case:
CNBC “Amazon’s new Echo Show has a really creepy feature”:
Alexa Test Simulator (beta):
Eric’s Alexa Skill - Seattle English Tutor (If you are interested in beta testing version 2 of the skill, please email

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