Tech House Hack Night

Photo by Jefferson Santos

Voice First sponsors a hack night every Friday night in Columbus, Ohio. We offer students who want to learn how to program the opportunity to learn to how to create voice apps for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

We offer developers the chance to learn how to program from our Founder Patrick Sweetman. He worked on Amazon’s IOT team and was one of the OG voice app developers. The field has really only been around for the past 4 years since the release of Amazon’s first smart speaker.

During our hack nights, we spend 3–4 hours building a voice app from scratch. We have marketed the event by posting fliers across the campus of Ohio State University, one of the largest colleges in the country.

Our mission is simple. We want as many people as possible to learn how to create voice apps to contribute to the open source future. Even though providing competitors with useful information might seem counterintuitive, it will create more mutualistic relationships where people can use the learnings of other people to apply to their own practice. At hack night, each programmer gets the chance to see how other people write code and get to the same place.

Voice First’s motto is “bias for action”. The purpose of this saying is to remind developers that it is more effective to test a theory than to ridicule the idea of creating. Although this had brought us to many failed tests, our greatest successes are overwhelmingly caused by this mentality.

The most impactful aspect of Hack Night is that people solve problems together rather than working by themselves. Throughout the course of a night, we instruct programmers how to create a voice app and also gain insight into best teaching practices.

If you or anyone you know is interested in attending our hack night, they are 100% free and will provide you with an opportunity to see how programming works. Feel free to reach out to us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for more information on how you can take part in the voice revolution.

We also created a Udemy course to teach students how to create voice apps for Amazon Alexa & Google Home. The lessons are built using the Jovo framework. Students learn the language model, account linking, firebase deployment and more. If you run into any problems in the process of creating a voice app you can feel free to reach out to Voice First Tech on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube & Linkedin!

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