Alexa Skills Tour

July 20–21

22 W Washington St, Chicago, IL

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Join Voicehacks and Amazon Alexa for two days of hands-on training on building for voice with Alexa. We’ll show you how to design, build, and launch skills for Alexa and reach millions of customers. We’ll also share our pioneering knowledge in the field of voice design. Attend our workshop to join the ranks of thousands of designers, developers, and brands who’ve created more than 12,000 skills for Alexa.

This event is free for the first 100 registrants in each city as part of our commitment to remain accessible to all aspiring skill builders. The schedule includes introductory and advanced courses by Amazon, partner technologies, and brands. Register today to reserve your spot. Registration includes training, food and drinks, and swag.


Day One

8:30am - Doors & Registration

9:30am - 10:00am - API Demo & Presentation from Morningstar

10:00am - 12:00pm - Skill building 101

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch workshop

1:00pm - 1:30pm - Presentation by Capital One

1:30pm - 3:00pm - Skill Building 201

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Partner Platforms

4:30pm - 7:00pm - Happy Hour at Capital One Offices

Day Two

8:30am – Breakfast

9:30am - 11:30am - Skill building 301

11:30am - 1:00pm - Working lunch

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Alexa Demos

3:00pm - End of day

Workshop Resources

To help you be better prepared for the workshop, you'll be accessing the following developer sites and resources.


Paul Cutsinger

Paul Cutsinger

Alexa and Echo, Amazon
Rob McCauley

Rob McCauley

Alexa and Echo, Amazon
John Hegele

John Hegele

Senior Integration Engineer, Automated Insights
John is a Senior Integration Engineer and leads the Integrations Team at Automated Insights. He is responsible for integrating Automated Insights' Wordsmith Natural Language Generation (NLG) platform with tools and products ranging from Business Intelligence software and spreadsheets, to the Amazon Alexa API. John has been at Automated Insights since 2015 and started as a senior member of the Data Science group. Prior to joining Automated Insights, John spent 10 years working in Quantitative Finance at two large investment banks.
Jeff Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch

Head of Technology, Morningstar
Adam Long

Adam Long

VP of Product Management, Automated Insights
Adam Long manages the process of bringing new products to market for Automated Insights, taking them from concept to market-validated software. These products include the core Wordsmith platform as well as packaged applications like Wordsmith for Marketing. Prior to joining Automated Insights, Adam was the Product Marketing Manager for BlueStripe Software, a venture-backed software company in the IT Operations Management market. Adam also created Hemingway App, an app to make your writing more clear.

Happy Hour hosted by Capital One

Join us July 20th at 77 West Wacker Dr. for a Capital One hosted happy hour between 4:30pm to 7:00pm.

Pitch a Demo or Talk

Have an engaging skill or skill-building insights you’d like to share? Please submit an application and we'll do our best to fit you into the program.

Tour Partners

Alexa Capital One Morningstar Automated Insights


Morningstar Offices

22 W Washington St.

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