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Hi there,

Happy to meet you! What is this blog about?

I am Alexey Vidanov, the author of this blog. I love all about the VoiceFirst theme and want to share with you my thoughts, learnings and interesting conversations with the industry stars.

If you interested in who I am: My first money I earned at school with software coding for a motor tractor plant. It was in 1989. Since then my passion are digital innovations for the real world.

I developed dialog-oriented user interfaces CUI and chatbots in 2016. I have been working with VUI UX and Alexa Skills since March 2017.

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.
William Gibson

I got the same great excitement trying to create Alexa skills, like then when I was a child trying to code my first Basic script for Apple II. It is awesome to talk to technology in the same way we talk to each other and be a part of the next big thing.

In September 2017 I began to consult Storyline founders about using Amazon ASK SDK. Storyline is a Y-combinator backed startup, a partner of Amazon and the first choice for creating Alexa skills without programming.

Since March 2017 I have created and published 15 Skills and some more for my customers, I made the very first Skill with Storyline on amazon.de. My skill “Little Red Riding Hood” was also the skill of the month on the Storyline platform in November 2017.

I have advised and supported companies, agencies, start-ups and makers of video content: Menuskope, meinestadt.de GmbH, Toothfairy.tv, XO Projects GmbH and Schiefer & Co GmbH.

Clients

  • Storyline Ltd. (Amazon Alexa platform partner)
  • meinestadt.de GmbH (member of Axel Springer Digital group)
  • Toothfairy.TV (worldwide TV series for children)
  • XO Projects GmbH
  • Schiefer & Co. GmbH
  • Menuskope

Speaker, coach, facilitator

  • Hackathon Talk-To-Me Hamburg, 2017 // I was a coach, two of my teams won prizes
  • 2nd Voice User Interface Meetup in Hamburg, 2017
  • 29th Lean Prototyping Meetup in Berlin, 2018
  • XO-Project Hackaton in Space (planned, April 2018, June 2018)
  • Talk to me Berlin Hackathon (planned, June 2018)

Education

  • CareerFoundry ‘Voice User Interface UX’ 2017 – 2018
  • National Research University of Electronic Technology (MIET) Computer Engineer’s Degree 1990 – 1996

Certificates

  • CareerFoundry Voice User Interface Design
  • Professional Scrum Master PSM I
  • Brainbench Internet IK Analyst
  • Brainbench Web Programmer
  • Brainbench XML
  • Brainbench E-Commerce Concepts Analyst

Languages

  • Russian
  • English
  • German

Write me an email alexey@vidanov.com 
or call me +49 176 57 16 13 13.

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