Speaker

Jeff Blankenburg

Jeff Blankenburg

Chief Technical Evangelist at Amazon Alexa

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Jeff Blankenburg spent the early part of his career in digital advertising, building websites for Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Ford Motor Company, among others. He also spent 8 years at Microsoft, primarily as an evangelist for any new technology he could get his hands on. Today, he works on the Amazon Alexa team helping developers make Alexa even smarter. Jeff has also spoken at conferences all over the world, including London, Munich, Sydney, Tokyo, and New York, covering topics ranging from software development technologies to soft skill techniques. He also serves as an organizer for the Stir Trek conference.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology

Topics

  • alexa
  • NodeJS
  • Voice Apps
  • voice design

Understanding Alexa

This session will unpack how Amazon's Alexa works, how you think about building voice user interfaces, and which best practices you should consider as you build skills.

Ten Things Every Voice Application Should Do

In my experience building dozens of skills for Alexa, and working with hundreds of developers on their own voice applications, I've identified ten specific patterns that are common to the most successful of the bunch. This presentation will cover these ten topics, giving you the insight an acceleration your voice app needs to get to the next level.

You Have Too Much Time

In today’s social exchanges, “not having enough time” is a traditional excuse nearly everyone uses. I contend that, in fact, you have too much time, and it’s keeping you from changing the world. In the same way that too many choices forces indecision, having too much time brings its own share of challenges. This talk will address ways you can identify what your real priorities are (vs. what you tell yourself), show you how much of your days are truly wasted, and help you to stop feeling so overwhelmed.

Fear

We make thousands of decisions every single day. Some take thought, and some are just instinctual. How many of those decisions are based on fear? Fear of the unknown, fear of embarrassment, or maybe just fear of spiders? We will look at ways fear shapes our everyday lives, and how we can control it to make more rational decisions. Don’t let fear shut you down, make it an opportunity for success.

Back to the Future

Have you noticed that every app and idea you encounter today seems like a rehashed, recycled, redone version of something else? The year of Marty McFly's hoverboard came and went, so we are going to talk about the current state of mobile and IoT, where the leaders will be in the next 5 years, and how we can start building the next generation of experiences for our users today. You will walk away from this talk with 4 new ideas, and a passion to be the first to solve them.

Code PaLOUsa 2021

August 2021

Code PaLOUsa 2020

August 2020 Louisville, Kentucky, United States

CodeStock 2020

April 2020 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

CodeMash 2020

January 2020 Sandusky, Ohio, United States

dev up Conference 2019

October 2019 St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Little Rock Tech Fest 2019

October 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Caribbean Developers Conference

October 2019 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

CodeMash 2019

January 2019 Sandusky, Ohio, United States

NDC Oslo 2018

June 2018

Music City Tech 2018

May 2018 Nashville, Tennessee, United States

RevolutionConf 2018

May 2018 Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

Jeff Blankenburg

Chief Technical Evangelist at Amazon Alexa

Columbus, Ohio, United States