The Internet of Things is growing fast, and developers have the potential to unlock the potential of IoT for the connected home and beyond. This course is designed to provide developers with an introduction to IoT and voice-first user experiences, using Amazon’s Alexa platform as an example. We’ll give you an overview of Amazon Echo, the device that TechCrunch says “proves the viability of voice-based home computing.” Then you’ll meet Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, and learn how third-party developers can add new capabilities, called skills, to Alexa. We will discuss the Alexa Skills Kit and explain how to create a voice app using AWS Lambda. Finally, we’ll help you understand the differences between building mobile applications and voice experiences and provide best practices for voice design.