Cloud Computing

W08 Computer, Make It So!


9:30am - 10:45am

Level: Introductory to Intermediate

Willy Ci

Front-end Developer

Hitachi Vantara

Veronika Kolesnikova

Microsoft MVP (AI)

Web Developer


Electronic personal assistants are conquering the world right now. The biggest tech companies are focusing their attention on artificial intelligence to drive them. This opens a wide variety of opportunities for developers. 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.

During 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 your Visual Studio. You'll walk you through UMass Medical School professor' directory skill. And then provide insights of Cortana versus Alexa skills development. You'll get enough inspiration to start developing your own skills.

You will learn:

  • How digital assistants work
  • How to create custom skill using C#
  • Design specific skills