Did you miss a session from the Future of Work Summit? Head over to our Future of Work Summit on-demand library to stream.

Amazon today launched a feature for AI assistant Alexa called Blueprints that gives users the power to create their own Alexa skills. Alexa Skill Blueprints require no prior knowledge of coding. Just fill in the blanks and your Blueprints skill can be made and launched in a matter of minutes.

Blueprints launches today for Alexa users in the United States and includes 20 kinds of skills templates.

Personalized skills created with Blueprints will be assigned to devices registered to a specific Amazon account and will not appear among the more than 30,000 skills in the Alexa Skills Store.

At launch, Blueprints can be made to do things like anticipate questions from the babysitter or a houseguest. Flashcard or quiz Blueprints can be created to help you study. Blueprint templates are also available if you want to shower someone (or yourself) with compliments, roast your friends, or create Family Jokes or Family Trivia skills.

Blueprints join a series of voice apps available for Amazon’s Alexa, including flash briefings for news, smart home skills, and visual skills for Echo Show and Echo Dot.

Other personalization methods Amazon has committed to bringing to Alexa developers in the first half of 2018 include skills notifications and unique voice identification through Amazon’s Your Voice program.


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member