March Newsletter (2020)

In this edition of the VF newsletter: new feature release, brand new webinar series, and a book written by our Japanese community...

New Canvas Design Experience

Our biggest update yet is almost here

We're excited to announce the upcoming release of our new Canvas Design Experience. This long-awaited update is our biggest to date, and we're very excited to show it off.

Our latest release reimagines our canvas so you can build and review your next voice experience with ease. Get ready for a new and improved design process and meaningful block visuals that showcase the contents of your conversations directly on the canvas.

Curious to learn more? We've got you covered with more information set to release in the coming days.

Creator of the Month

Paul Hickey | Data Driven Design

Paul Hickey is our COTM for March

Paul Hickey, founder and CEO of Data Driven Design, has created and grown businesses via digital strategy and internet marketing for over a decade.

In recent years, he has gone all in with voice, scaling out his agency's offering to include the creation of voice-based applications like Alexa skills and Google actions to help businesses become more efficient and effective.

From delivering voice-based websites to developing private skills that catalogue a company's intranet - Paul has armed his digital agency with the knowledge and tools they need to go above and beyond traditional marketing efforts using voice.

If you would like to know more about Paul and the work he's doing, check out the full article or visit his agency's website.

Voiceflow & VUI

The first Japanese book about Voiceflow

Voiceflow power user Takashi Kawamoto recently spearheaded the creation of Voiceflow & VUI - the first-ever Japanese book about Voiceflow!

Voiceflow & VUI covers an extensive list of topics which includes a beginners guide to Voiceflow, VUI design and best practice, connecting API integrations and more.

With the help of several #VFJUG community members, VUI designers, and voice experts, Takashi and co. collaborated on more than 165 pages of content that will satisfy new and advanced users alike.

A special shoutout to co-authors Kuniaki, Yasuhisa, Sayaka, Rie, Aimi, Koji, Hironori, and Ayumi for bringing this incredible book to life!

Interested in starting a Voiceflow community of your own? Get in touch

Ahoy, Me Mateys!

Pirate Island wins Alexa Skills Challenge ISP award

Congratulations to André Alcantara and Dyung Ngo for winning the Alexa Skills Challenge: In-Skill Purchasing award for their voice app Pirate Island.

Alcantara has been working in experiential marketing for more than 15 years, connecting people with brands and products. Ngo, on the other hand, has plied his trade in various sectors within the tech space from aerospace engineering to enterprise productivity.

Through their shared passion for emerging technology, the two of them joined forces to co-found CogniVocal. Together they designed and developed Pirate Island in a manner where users could easily interact with the story, characters, and in-skill purchasing flows.

It was also awesome to hear how Voiceflow contributed to their design process.

"We believe that part of the role of Voice Tech companies is to teach people how to interact with this brand new technology. Beyond a meaningful voice product, delivering a great voice experience is crucial to engage users, and Voiceflow was extremely helpful for me in designing the game experience and dialogues, including using the SSML editor to polish up character voices." - André Alcantara

Ready to try Pirate Island? Click on the appropriate game link below:

US - Pirate Island
UK - Pirate Island
AUS - Pirate Island

Join our Live Webinar

Submit your projects & questions today!

Introducing Fix It Hour with Nico - a live webinar every Thursday hosted by our Voiceflow Studio Expert Nico Arcay Bermejo!

Starting next Thursday, April 9th at 8AM PDT/11AM EST -
Fix it Hours will offer a deep dive into real projects submitted by our community, where we teach you the best ways to get your skills live.

Users can submit their questions and projects by clicking this link, or add it to your calendar here.