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Echo Dot or Echo Show Absolutely Free For Creating An Alexa Skill (Amazon Developer Account Required)
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Refreshed 19th Oct 2019 (Posted 19th Oct 2019)Edited by:"matwalaboy"

This deal is expired. Here are some options that might interest you:

This is an interesting offer here from the Amazon developer program, where you can get some cool goodies like the Echo Dot, Echo Show or a free AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder Exam Fee for free when developing an Alexa skill, so not only you learn something awesome, you get some reward in return too.
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You can reach a total of four milestones by meeting the requirements below. You can do any of them, it is not required to meet one after the other.

  • Publish your very first, new Alexa skill during the promotion period and earn an Amazon Echo Dot.
  • Publish three new Alexa skills during the promotion period, where one of them is used by at least 75 unique users during the promotion period, and earn an Echo Show 5 voucher.
  • Add the Alexa Presentation Language to one of your skills (newly published or updated) during the promotion period and reach at least 150 unique users during the promotion period, and you will earn an Amazon Echo Show.
  • (Only for Developers residing in Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland): Add in-skill purchasing to your skill (newly published or updated) during the promotion period and reach at least 150 unique users during the promotion period, and you will earn a voucher for the AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder exam fee

Register with your Vendor ID with the form below and publish or update your skills during the promotion period (15 May 2019 – 30 November 2019) and according to the requirements outlined below. Find your Vendor ID here (it starts with the letter M). If you don´t have a Vendor ID yet, register as an Alexa Developer.

If you were going after the echo show and wanted to buddy up with other people to use your skills @jamie15 has initiated a discussion thread here

Some helpful articles to get you going :

Good luck learning and hope it helps someone.
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My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"
My daughter has a friend in school named Alexa I ask her if the teacher tells her to turn the lights on, she's not impressed with me
Toon_army19/10/2019 13:47

My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps …My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"


My name is Alex. I thought you'd caught me the other day. I couldn't turn the radio on for your lovely mum, because I was trying to get out of the back rapido.
Very interesting. Learn a skill, get a gadget. I like it
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Very interesting. Learn a skill, get a gadget. I like it
solid19/10/2019 13:43

Very interesting. Learn a skill, get a gadget. I like it


Exactly - and the thing is those skills when used keep earning you a small affiliate fee too so a win all around.
My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"
Toon_army19/10/2019 13:47

My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps …My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"


My mate keeps calling his 'Alisha'
I'm a bit of a technophobe and have always been sceptical of eavesdropping gadgets even when free. .so I'll not vote either way as some may be not as bothered as me
Toon_army19/10/2019 13:47

My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps …My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"


She is a pro compared to my wife who actually argues with google home, I heard her shouting at it, it was hilarious.
Toon_army19/10/2019 13:47

My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps …My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"




You could change the name to computer. I would imagine that your mum would think of it more like a computer than a person in that circumstance?
jamie1519/10/2019 16:44

You could change the name to computer. I would imagine that your mum … You could change the name to computer. I would imagine that your mum would think of it more like a computer than a person in that circumstance?


Can you change the wake up name? I'm going to put a random German name like Hilgart or something haha
Toon_army19/10/2019 17:06

Can you change the wake up name? I'm going to put a random German name …Can you change the wake up name? I'm going to put a random German name like Hilgart or something haha


You can between 4 preselected options. Alexa, Echo, Amazon, or Computer.
androidcentral.com/how…cho
jamie1519/10/2019 17:08

You can between 4 preselected options. Alexa, Echo, Amazon, or Computer. …You can between 4 preselected options. Alexa, Echo, Amazon, or Computer. https://www.androidcentral.com/how-change-alexa-wake-word-your-amazon-echo


Ah man I thought you could have any name lol
Toon_army19/10/2019 17:28

Ah man I thought you could have any name lol


It wouldn't work out as I think they train every wake word with loads of different people with different accents - also the wake word processing is handled offline. If any word could be used then I'd imagine it would affect user experience as Alexa would be less capable of being woken.
My daughter has a friend in school named Alexa I ask her if the teacher tells her to turn the lights on, she's not impressed with me
Toon_army19/10/2019 13:47

My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps …My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"


My name is Alex. I thought you'd caught me the other day. I couldn't turn the radio on for your lovely mum, because I was trying to get out of the back rapido.
youchoose19/10/2019 13:49

I'm a bit of a technophobe and have always been sceptical of eavesdropping …I'm a bit of a technophobe and have always been sceptical of eavesdropping gadgets even when free. .so I'll not vote either way as some may be not as bothered as me


Guess you don't own a mobile phone then?
jamie1519/10/2019 17:29

It wouldn't work out as I think they train every wake word with loads of …It wouldn't work out as I think they train every wake word with loads of different people with different accents - also the wake word processing is handled offline. If any word could be used then I'd imagine it would affect user experience as Alexa would be less capable of being woken.


Exactly this , every single bit of technology in the device is entirely around listening and processing those 4 words all other speech recognition is done by uploading the recording the main server where higher powered computers can do a far better job at speach recognition!
Edited by: "Nutkin" 19th Oct 2019
Is there any skill we could always enter and get echo
wakkaday19/10/2019 22:55

Is there any skill we could always enter and get echo


You could probably create a rubbish skill and get an Echo Dot if you have a bit of coding knowledge. Unfortunately I lack anything more than the very, very basics so I couldn't do this. It's not going to be a 5 minute procedure, would take maybe a couple of hours.
Edited by: "jamie15" 19th Oct 2019
somaKing19/10/2019 22:53

Guess you don't own a mobile phone then?



Sadly yes....but amazon openly admit to eavesdropping...I'm just hoping the south Koreans cant understand me
Interesting Post, Thanks for Sharing, Alexa Skills are now in the 1000s but its got me thinking if I could create a unique skill, so may look more deeper into this, Amazingly though Many Echo Owners do not know what a Alexa Skill is nor have ever tried enabling them, they just use it for its more basic functions, but when you get to know Alexa and the skills that can be enabled you can have so much fun & learn a great deal, but its easy to go OTT with the skills and simply forget about which skills you actually have, its also quite easy to enable skills without realising it, I have 7 skills enabled and that's enough. Anyhow Interesting post, thanks.
lettherebedeals20/10/2019 00:42

Interesting Post, Thanks for Sharing, Alexa Skills are now in the 1000s …Interesting Post, Thanks for Sharing, Alexa Skills are now in the 1000s but its got me thinking if I could create a unique skill, so may look more deeper into this, Amazingly though Many Echo Owners do not know what a Alexa Skill is nor have ever tried enabling them, they just use it for its more basic functions, but when you get to know Alexa and the skills that can be enabled you can have so much fun & learn a great deal, but its easy to go OTT with the skills and simply forget about which skills you actually have, its also quite easy to enable skills without realising it, I have 7 skills enabled and that's enough. Anyhow Interesting post, thanks.


I have been meaning to learn how to develop an Alexa skill too and this offer just gives me an added incentive, thinking with Xmas around the corner to do something for the kids with Santa theme, if not anything, might be a fun thing for my 4 year old. And in the bargain if I end up bagging an echo dot for it, then that’s the cherry on top glad also that you found the post of some use
Alexa doesn't like the sound of my wifes voice.
Hey, can one of you boffins invent a musical advent calendar, there's a good chap
Love this program, so far I've had: an Echo Spot, an Echo Dot, a hoodie, a t-shirt, a backpack and a water bottle. Hoping for the Show this time!
Toon_army19/10/2019 13:47

My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps …My mam can't even work her Echo dot never mind learning a skill, she keeps calling it Alex!... The other day I caught her saying "Alex are you there? Can you play the radio thanks"



You know what, my mother is so exactly the same I'm starting to think you're some sort of secret hidden brother of mine!
Any tutorials on creating an alexa skill?
Hi I can't see the form to register my Vendor ID. I've used the link to find my Vender ID so I have that but just don't see where to use it. Anyone any ideas?
SewerSide20/10/2019 07:22

Love this program, so far I've had: an Echo Spot, an Echo Dot, a hoodie, a …Love this program, so far I've had: an Echo Spot, an Echo Dot, a hoodie, a t-shirt, a backpack and a water bottle. Hoping for the Show this time!


Sweet, Well done to you mate. Maybe you have some words of advise for other HUKD folks here on how to go about developing some skills without spending crazy hours?
theskillster20/10/2019 08:14

Any tutorials on creating an alexa skill?


There are a few links in the OP towards the end of it which should get you going.
Marc_Smithhkc20/10/2019 08:35

Hi I can't see the form to register my Vendor ID. I've used the link to …Hi I can't see the form to register my Vendor ID. I've used the link to find my Vender ID so I have that but just don't see where to use it. Anyone any ideas?


This one developer.amazon.com/set…ile ?
Can we not copy and paste a code and share it
Has anyone ever sat down and used any skills other than home automation, the weather and the radio?
wakkaday20/10/2019 09:56

Can we not copy and paste a code and share it


Doubt it mate, they have to be unique-ish, but worth a shot
snatch_master20/10/2019 09:58

Has anyone ever sat down and used any skills other than home automation, …Has anyone ever sat down and used any skills other than home automation, the weather and the radio?


I try all sorts - it ofcourse helps that I have 2 very inquisitive daughters and I am myself into IT, so always looking to try such stuff out
matwalaboy20/10/2019 08:49

Sweet, Well done to you mate. Maybe you have some words of advise for …Sweet, Well done to you mate. Maybe you have some words of advise for other HUKD folks here on how to go about developing some skills without spending crazy hours?


You have to put some hours in, but there are a few tutorials out there, developer.amazon.com/en-…ces for example.


If you know Python or Nodejs, it's pretty easy, JSON goes in and JSON comes out. Some good python example code at github.com/aws….py
youchoose19/10/2019 13:49

I'm a bit of a technophobe and have always been sceptical of eavesdropping …I'm a bit of a technophobe and have always been sceptical of eavesdropping gadgets even when free. .so I'll not vote either way as some may be not as bothered as me


...and yet you post on an open forum?
Forgive me if I'm wrong but is this offer only available till end of november? Would have loved to have seen this when it started in May
Still voted hot.
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Edited by: "L3EM4N" 20th Oct 2019
sounds like hard work to get a free echo dot. never mind alexa skills, i don't even know what an echo dot is!

but it sounds like something expensive so i may just take this up to get the freebie and then put it in the cupboard as i can't see a use for it.
L3EM4N20/10/2019 10:40

Forgive me if I'm wrong but is this offer only available till end of …Forgive me if I'm wrong but is this offer only available till end of november? Would have loved to have seen this when it started in MayStill voted hot. [Image]


Yes that’s right end of November so still about 6-7 weeks left to crack on
Or test drive a Vauxhall with zero interest in buying an they send you one in the post for free
matwalaboy20/10/2019 12:19

Yes that’s right end of November so still about 6-7 weeks left to crack on …Yes that’s right end of November so still about 6-7 weeks left to crack on


I actually think I'm going to have a go tbh. If I don't get a freebie then I still learn something I guess.
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