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imageI love Wisconsin. Though my wife will deny it, we were inches away from moving there after we got married. We ultimately stuck with our plan to move to Boston (which was an amazing experience). Alas, I try to get back to Madison when I can (and it’s summer), so I’m very excited to be speaking at That Conference this year.

My session details can be found here:

The Making of My Teenage Daughter, Alexa.


I have an 11-year-old child and a 14-year-old child and I’ve discovered a real pattern with the speech of these two. Unfortunately, sometimes they aren’t around because they’re at school or maybe off at camp. In those times, I have no one around to tell me how much everything sucks. That got me thinking, “Some poor folks don’t even have a teenager in the house. How would they know that everything sucks?” With the proper skill, Alexa can help them out.

In this session, we'll build an Alexa Skill called Teenage Daughter. We'll code in C# and use Azure Functions as our backing service. We'll cover Custom Slots, Intent Schema, Utterances, and Testing; we'll delve into Azure functions and how to create multiple environments to keep our production instance separate from development instance; and we'll cover any other tips and tricks that I've learned while creating my Teenage Daughter, which can be found at

Posted: 4/11/2017 7:01:10 PM by Ryan Miller | with 0 comments