Alexa Skill: Daddy’s Present

For my dad’s birthday, I was wondering what I should give him. I briefly considered buying him a store-bought present, but I didn’t know what I should get. There wasn’t anything that seemed good enough. Then, I thought of the best thing he had done for me this year. My mind immediately went to one thing: Alexa. This year, he had started teaching me coding and developing Alexa skills, and that was one of the greatest things I had learned in the past year.

At first, I thought of making a fact skill, but then I decided to make something more difficult, to show Daddy his teaching had paid off. I decided to make a skill, which, when launched, will play an mp3 file of my family singing happy birthday to him. It wasn’t tough to make so after an hour of work it was complete! On the morning of my dad’s birthday, I asked Alexa to ‘open Daddy’s present’. Both of us were so happy, I will never forget that moment. I could see he was proud of me and I think that was the best gift I ever gave my dad.

If you would like to give a personalized skill to your loved ones, here is the code for my skill. If you would like to learn how to create a similar Alexa skill, check out this post.

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Aariv Modi

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Aariv Modi is a blogger, programmer, Alexa skill developer, and AI enthusiast. He is in 9th grade at Round Rock High School and has created several Alexa skills and mobile apps. Aariv was recognized as the Voice/AI Pioneer of the Year by Project Voice in 2021 for his contributions to the conversational artificial intelligence industry. He is also the youngest AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder and AWS Certified Machine Learning professional. Aariv has contributed much of his learning with the Alexa and voice community through his blog and social media channels such as LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he taught hundreds of kids how to develop Alexa skills through webinars, camps, and posts on his website. He was the youngest presenter at several international voice and AI conferences, such as Project Voice 2020, VOICE Global 2020, and VOICE Summit 2020.
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