Cloud Computing

Computer, Make It So!


1:15pm - 2:30pm

Level: Introductory to Intermediate

Willy Ci

Front-end Developer

Hitachi Vantara

Veronika Kolesnikova

Microsoft MVP (AI)

Sr. Software Engineer

Liberty Mutual

Electronic personal assistants are conquering the world right now. The biggest tech companies are currently focusing their attention on artificial intelligence to drive these assistants, which opens a variety of opportunities for developers and benefits customers. Digital assistants can access different devices, complete tasks, provide all kinds of information, or just tell a bedtime story to your kids. You can create custom skills based on your needs and implement them for Alexa, Cortana, and Siri.

In this session, you'll learn about artificial intelligence and how it works in digital assistant applications. You'll see how to start developing a custom skill for Cortana right from Visual Studio. You'll walk you through the UMass Medical School directory skills. And then provide insights of Cortana versus Alexa skills development. You'll get enough inspiration to start developing your own skills.

You will learn:

  • Understand how digital assistants work
  • How to create custom skill using C#
  • Skill design specifics