AWS Offers Cloud Credits to Alexa Skill Developers

Phillip Butler
March 17, 2017

Users can interact with Amazon's personal assistant, Alexa, via voice commands, to accomplish anything from music playback to the creation of to-do lists, and more.

On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled a new program that will allow developers to build and host Alexa skills on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This is important because it allows Amazon to incentivize developers to come and build more skills for Alexa and make the voice assistant even better, but it also means that developers won't have as much overhead for developing for Alexa. To help with the process, Amazon is now offering some freebies to developers so they have more incentives to build additional Alexa skills.

"Our goal is to free up developers to create more robust and unique skills that can take advantage of AWS services", writes David Isbitski, chief evangelist for Alexa at Amazon, in a blog post. These capabilities, dubbed Alexa Skills, can be extended with use of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).

Developers calling upon other AWS services such as EC2, Simple Storage Service (S3), DynamoDB, or CloudFront for their Alexa skill can apply their credit towards the use of those services too, Isbitski writes.

Hurricane Center, an Alexa skill that provides the latest storm information based on data from governmental agencies, uses AWS Lambda.

These offers are "while stocks last" but the offer might be enough to tempt more devs to try out the Alexa Skills Kit and add to Alexa's repertoire of useful, or quirky, talents. Any that do can apply for a $100 promotional credit to help cover those costs. To take advantage of this offer, developers must have a published Alexa skill. However that's a lot of work for a cheap Tee and Amazon are expect a lot for a little.

The promotional credits are Amazon's way of removing the price barrier and encouraging developers to build more robust skills. The credits include a one-time $100 AWS credit that's valid for 12 months, plus an additional $100 recurring credit that's doled out on a monthly basis.

By leveraging machine learning (ML), the Alexa skills service continually adapts to user input and gets "smarter", Amazon said.

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