Beginner & Intermediate Amazon Alexa Workshop

Networking and Check-In

Fri 9/15/2017
Start time: 6:00 pm EDT
End time: 9:00 pm EDT

Alexa Workshop

Sat 9/16/2017
Start time: 8:30 am EDT
End time: 4:00 pm EDT


This is an AlexaBridge event. The focus will be on developing Alexa Skills to be utilized by Amazon Echoes.

Click here for more information about class levels in this course!

Workshop Description

AlexaBridge is a free Amazon Alexa programming workshop for women. Alexa is the voice service that powers Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice.

Who is this for?

This is a workshop for both beginner and intermediate female developers who are new to Alexa or serverless programming.

Please join us if you identify as a woman (cis, trans, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming) and are a(n):

  • Beginner: Have an interest in programming
  • Intermediate: Comfortable with one programming language (preferably Node.js, Java, C# or .NET) or work professionally as a software developer

Each participant needs to bring her own computer with a fairly recent Mac, Linux or Windows installation. If you have questions about your hardware, please email us before the event.

If you have already worked with Alexa, please ask us about being a mentor!

What Will We Do?

In this workshop, we'll divide the class between beginners and intermediate students. Beginners are students who have an interest in learning to code and have completed some basic tutorials. Intermediate students are those whom have previous coding experience and complete the required pre-work.

Beginners will walk through building your own Quiz skill. No previous programming experience required but it will be beneficial to know the command line and Git.

Intermediate students will be paired together to create a skill using Node.js, Java, C# or .NET and a 3rd party API of their choosing. We will have TAs available to assist with technical decisions.


We're looking for volunteers (any gender) to teach and TA who have Amazon Web Services, Node.js, Java, C# or .NET experience.


Academy Pittsburgh is taking care of hosting, food and drinks. A big thank you to them!

Transportation and Parking

The workshop will take place at Work Hard's newest location. We will be in touch with details.

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks will be provided. Please indicate dietary needs when signing up.

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5 students!