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Institute for Software Integrated Systems Vanderbilt University Build Your Own Alexa Skill in NetsBlox Brian Broll and Tabitha Lee [email protected]

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Before we start... 2

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Brief Intro to NetsBlox ▪ NetsBlox is an extension of Snap! which provides many new features such as: ▪ Networking Capabilities ▪ Undo Capabilities ▪ Collaborative Editing ▪ Shared Projects ▪ Sharing libraries ▪ and more! ▪ One of the new networking concepts is Remote Procedure Calls which enables users to invoke code implemented remotely. Examples include: ▪ Google Maps ▪ Cloud Variables ▪ Alexa 3

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Motivation ▪ Smart devices and voice assistants have become ubiquitous ▪ Creating voice assistants can make programming more relevant and engaging ▪ Let’s make it possible in a familiar blocks-based programming environment! 4 Documentation is available at

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Overview ▪ Login to Amazon and make sure we are using a developer account ▪ Login to Amazon from NetsBlox ▪ Install Amazon Alexa on our phone (for testing!) ▪ Start creating Alexa skills! 5

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Hands-on Activities! 6

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Questions? 7