Intro

Happy Fourth and One Man's Show Review

A slightly slow news week, at least compared to the pace of June.

Congratulations to the winners of the DevPost Challenge - many are active in the Alexa Slack community.

And a quick review of the show - the video calling features do work as promised and are a delight. The screen does seem under-utilized (and under-sized, as some have noted), but the combination of the screen and the calling gives it a powerful, viral effect. An informal survey of intent-to-buy at a Fourth of July BBQ was nearly 100% - everyone noticed the device-with-the-screen-playing-music (in a way they might not have noticed the regular Echo), and they "get" the video-calling feature right away.

This editor would vote for a bigger screen, though, on the next go-round.

Voice Dev Rocks

Spotlight

Analysis

Contests and Events

Alexa Skills Workshops Powered by Coding Dojo

Chicago - July 6
Seattle - July 6
DC - July 8
San Jose - July 13


Meetups

Columbus Amazon Alexa Meetup - July 13
Seattle Alexa Meetup - July 13


Contests and More

Alexa Speak Up! Challenge - Join
Actions on Google Developer Challenge - Enter
Capital One Hackathon Boston - July 22
Publish A Skill, Get An Echo Do - July 31