Earlier this year, our CEO and co-founder, Hicham Tahiri, was honoured to be awarded the title “Alexa Champion” thanks to his knowledge and passion for Amazon Alexa, in addition to his motivation to educate and inspire other developers in the community. Smartly.AI was founded with the ambition of widening the access to voice and chat interfaces and introducing conversational intelligence into daily lives of everyone. This recognition from Amazon Alexa marks an important stage in our company’s development.
What exactly is an Alexa Champion?
Since the creation of Amazon Alexa, the contributions from developers in the form of tools, tutorials, online training, meetups and more, has skyrocketed. Alexa Champions distinguishes the most engaged developers and contributors in the community.
Our love story with Alexa
In 2012, Smartly.AI’s two co-founders observed both the rapid growth and huge potential of voice interfaces and intelligent chatbots. However, one thing was missing: a tool to help developers build applications for vocal and text platforms. Thus, Smartly.AI was born.
When Alexa was launched in 2015, its openness was a developer’s dream. The Smartly.AI team set to work on creating Alexa Designer, a developer toolbox that offered a visual conversation design tool with automatic code generation and a community-generated intents library, plus a voice simulator, meaning users could speak to the skill directly in the browser without requiring an echo. The platform attracted hundreds of developers and following the arrival of more vocal assistants, Smartly.AI broadened its scope to incorporate more and more voice (and chat) platforms.
What it means to us
The programme selected over 20 champions worldwide. Hicham was the only French developer to be recognised and we are immensely proud to be waving the flag for vocal technology in France. This title not only recognises our hard work to date in the vocal industry, but encourages us to go even further. As artificial intelligence continues to transform our world, we will ensure that we provide both businesses and developers with the essential tools they need to harness the power of AI to change daily life, at both home and work, for the better.
A big thank you to Amazon Alexa for this title, we are looking forward to continuing to build great things together – the best is yet to come 😉
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