Voice User Interface: Amazon Alexa meetup, second edition

Voice User Interface: Amazon Alexa meetup, second edition

Haarlem Tech’s second edition of the Amazon Alexa meetups


For our second event of 2019, we are following up on last year’s great success and dedicating an entire evening to talk about Voice User Interface and Voice Command Devices. On the menu, live presentations from speakers who are experts in the field, plenty of time to network with other artificial intelligence lovers, and, of course, beer and pizza. I personally don’t want to be anywhere else that day! 

Voice User Interface (VUI) is one of the main breakthrough for AI advancement over the last few years. By allowing people to interact with computers through speech recognition, VUI opens up an entire world of possibilities to humanise technology. If the robots uprising is not quite upon us just yet, the latest improvements made to Voice Command Devices are nonetheless remarkable. We are now able to have live conversations with virtual assistants on smartphones and smart speakers, without having to press any buttons. VCDs can react to multiple voices – regardless of accent or dialectal influences. They are  capable of responding to several commands at once, separating vocal messages, and provide accurate feedback, thus imitating natural human conversations.

Such an amazing technology is well deserving of our time and attention, wouldn’t you say? Join us on Tuesday 16th of April to learn all about it and share your enthusiasm with us. We are looking forward to welcoming you! 





18:00 – 18:30    Registration & welcoming drinks

18:30 – 19:00    Pizzas for dinner


First part | VUI, software infrastructure

19:00 – 20:00    First talk, German Viscuso, Technical Evangelist of Amazon Alexa

20:15 – 20:45    Second talk, Jieke Pan, Director of engineering at Mobiquity Inc


Second part | VCD, hardware features 

20:45 – 21:00    Play around with Alexa prototype: demonstrations by Tomoharu Ito, Alexa Skill builder

21:00 – 22:00    Networking, more food & drinks



This exclusive event is inside a Datacenter which requires identification of its visitors, for security purposes. Therefore participants of the meetup need to hold an event ticket and present a valid ID (passport, driver’s license) upon entering the premises. We still have some tickets available so make sure to RSVP before it’s too late!

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We had an amazing turn-up yesterday evening for our first time hosting the hashtagamazonwebservices user group meetup here in our Haarlem Iron Mountain datacenter.

Thank you to all of you who showed up, Haarlem.Tech regulars and new comers, we hope you had an interesting and fun evening!

Thank you also to Tomoharu Ito for organizing three great talks.

Last but not least a massive thanks to our speakers: Danilo Poccia, who flew all the way from London to be there, and Michael Oshita and Takahiro Horike, who took time off their precious sleep to talk to us live from Japan in the middle of the night.

If you wish to reminisce on all that you’ve learnt about Serverless framework and stepfunctions you can access and dowload Danilo’s presentation through this link https://lnkd.in/gk3giz8

Stay tuned on the Haarlem.Tech website and social media for more great tech events.

Next up, our second edition of the Amazon Alexa meetups. Bring on April!

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Alexa Meetup

Alexa Meetup

Sharing trends of Alexa, Voice User Interface and Alexa’s ecosystems.


Haarlem.Tech’s First meetup of Amazon Alexa in the Netherlands and the first meetup of JAWS-UG Haarlem, hosted by EvoSwitch.


For who? Developers, business marketers, researchers and other tech-enthusiasts.

Date: 11, April 2018 (Wed) 18:00 – 21:00

Place: Haarlem.tech, hosted by Evoswitch. J.W. Lucasweg 35, 2031 BE, Haarlem – The Netherlands


Five enthusiastic international speakers with extensive knowledge of Amazon Alexa.


Max Amordeluso (Amazon, head of Alexa Skills Kit team in Europe)

Tomoharu Ito (Freelance, Alexa Developer, organizer of JAWS-UG Haarlem)

Hidetaka Okamoto (DigitalCube.Inc, Software Engineer, Alexa Lover from Japan)

Jun Ichikawa (Infrastructure Engineer, One of the big influencers of Alexa in Japan)

Kana Kitagawa (Student, Alexa Lover from Japan)



17:30 — Open

18:00 — Welcome talk (Haarlem.tech)

18:15 — Trend of Amazon Alexa (Max Amordeluso)

18:45 — Short introduction Alexa Voice Service (Tomoharu Ito)

19:00 — Love smart home skill with Amazon Alexa (Jun Ichikawa) online presentation

19:15 — Sort introduction development Alexa Skills (Hidetaka Okamoto) online prestentation

19:30 — Experience with Amazon Alexa in my life (Kana Kitagawa) online presentation

19:45 — Networking and drinks

21:00 — Close


Reserve your seat today by sending an email to operations@haarlem.tech. Do you have any questions or remarks, email us today.

We hope to welcome you all April 11th.


Please note that you need a valid ID to enter the event location. You will not be allowed access without proper documents.


Alexa Meetup 2018

Alexa Meetup 2018

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New banner for technology and digital economy hub Haarlem.Tech

April 11th, 2018. Save the date!

Haarlem.Tech is proud to announce the first Amazon Alexa Meetup in the Netherlands. We celebrate with five international speakers. Our community member Tomoharu Ito (TiNm(S)) has been passionately working with Voice User Interface of Amazon Alexa.

For more information about this event, go to the event page.

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GDPR and Pillar Project @ Haarlem.tech

The Pillar Project is on a mission to take back control of our Personal Data. Please join us and participate in our Community Events! This is our first meetup in The Netherlands. Guest Speaker: “Mike B” – Crypto Legend on YouTube • Register: https://haarlem.tech/pillar/ • What: Dutch Pillar Project Meetup • When: 20th October 2017 • Where: Haarlem.Tech / EvoSwitch Datacenter • Address: J.W. Lucasweg 35, Haarlem, Netherlands • Access: Only after RSVP + Haarlem.Tech Registration • Pillar Project: https://pillarproject.io • Haarlem.Tech: https://haarlem.tech IMPORTANT NOTE: NO VALID IDENTIFICATION, NO ACCESS TO THE EVENT

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