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Amazon Development Centre: Alexa Project Day

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Six Computing / ICT / Physics / Maths students spent an amazing day at the Amazon Development Day in Cambridge working with mentors to design an Alexa-based program.  David Jones, Head of Science at Long Road, reports:

“This is part of a project, Cambridge Launchpad, run by Form the Future, whereby STEM companies work with sixth-formers to raise interest in and awareness of their field. Our students were set a pre-brief at a preliminary meeting at Long Road:  to design their interpretation of a drone to serve a humanitarian purpose or improve society. Our students devised a delivery system for housebound people.

“An Amazon manager from Seattle on an AI conference quizzed our students at lunchtime at the project day and told me he was mightily impressed, particularly as they were using examples of patients suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“The day itself started with an introductory talk on the Amazon philosophy of making a ‘friction-free’ customer experience and how to write the code to allow Alexa to answer a question.

“Our students were in the two teams chosen by Amazon mentors to answer: “Where can I go on holiday?” and  “Help me plan my week”

“I was really impressed with the  way our students tackled the challenge and particularly how they were able to work with the mentors and other students. It was a good day.”

Main photo: our ace coders: Danny He, Holly Dixon, Erin Horler, Isabelle Ingham, Jack Tingley and Ankit Tadikonda

To see more photos, visit our Facebook page: Amazon Alexa Project Day