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The Amazon Echo is more than a home toy - you can have the real star trek experience in your home w/ hooks into home automation platforms, streaming music, news, help you cook, tell you jokes, etc. We will go over how to make them in two ways, via Grails 3 w/ web services and also via AWS Lamba+Groovy. You can use Groovy for both of these approaches! Lee Fox and I will bring some devices (Feel free to BYOD if you'd like!) or we'll just be use the echosim.io emulator developing Lambda Groovy Alexa Skills and Grails App Skills. You can open a free tier AWS account if you can before hand, if you can't don't worry - we'll have some ec2 instances stood up to build skills and push them to the internet via development mode. Co-presented with Lee Fox with all new content for 2017! Prerequisites: Laptop with Grails 3.x installed w/ working mic Gradle Optional: Free-tier amazon web services account. BYOD (dot, firetv, echo or tap) if you want!