Interactive Storytelling Through Smart Speakers

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Interactive Storytelling Through Smart Speakers

There are currently over 133 million smart speaker devices in homes worldwide with no signs of slowing down. Yet audio programming for these devices is in it’s infancy- only using a small portion of the devices’ interactive capabilities. The opportunities to engage with audiences with audio on a smart speaker are endless.  Join us to get a step ahead of the curve and build your creative, interactive audio strategy for smart speakers now.

Course Overview

In this two-day certificate earning workshop, you will learn the basics of  smart speaker functionality, how to structure an interactive story, and how to record, edit, and publish your own smart speaker interactive story.

You will learn:

  • Smart speaker core technology and applications
  • How to develop story ideas and write for specific types of interactivity
  • The range of stories currently playing on these devices, from hard news to interactive fiction
  • Story architecture in video games and film platforms like Netflix, and how to apply this to interactive smart speaker stories
  • Planning and work flow techniques
  • To design, script write and record an an interactive audio story for smart speakers
  • You will leave with a completed interactive story for an Alexa-enabled device ready for submission to the Alexa store

This workshop is an entry level workshop and requires no previous audio experience. If your interest is to learn to podcast or develop advanced audio skills please refer to the Podcasting: Telling Stories In Sound Workshop or the Podcast Bootcamp.

Who Should Attend?

Podcasters, audio editors, multimedia producers, media professionals, content marketers, communications and PR, journalists, educators, and web producers.

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Instructors & Facilitators

Instructors subject to change.

To be announced.

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$985 USD

We encourage team work! Bring a colleague or friend and receive additional tuition discounts. Contact Alexandre Bui at for more information.

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New Date Coming Soon

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

Morning coffee and catered networking lunch provided.

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To be announced.

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Requirements & Prerequisites

  • This is an introductory course; no previous podcasting experience is required.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new equipment and software.
  • Basic computer literacy and skills.
  • All participants must bring their own laptop for use during this workshop. It must be WiFi ready. Note that a Chromebook WILL NOT work and Lenovo laptops are known to be incompatible with some software used in this course.
  • Two- weeks prior to the course, you will receive a preparation email with a list of software to install. It is reported that work laptops often do not allow new installation without admin permission. Some software even require up-to-date operating system to run. Thus, it is important to have everything installed in advance. Note that this email might be in the spam folder.
  • If your laptop is not in working order during the workshop, you may rent one from us. The fee for rental is $45 per day (from 9 am-4pm).
  • Before the course begins, you will be invited to a collaborative Box folder where the assets for the course will be stored. Please download the assets before the course begins, as these are large files that may take time.
  • Please bring a pair of personal headphones to work with.
  • Proficiency in English (instruction is delivered in English).

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Contact Person

Alexandre Bui

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Questions & Additional Information

Where should I stay?

We suggest staying in the Berkeley area. Nearby hotels include:

– Faculty Club (on UC campus)
– Graduate Hotel
– Hotel Shattuck Plaza
– Bancroft Hotel
– Extended Stay America or Executive Inn and Suites
– La Posada Guest House

Many of our participants have also found luck with Airbnb.

Where should I park?

The closest parking to North Gate Hall, where Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is located, is the Lower Hearst Parking Garage. For public parking, you must enter on the second floor via Scenic Ave and park next to a gold pillar. Many spots in this garage are permit parking only, so please be vigilant of posted signs. Parking is $2/hr, max $20/day.

Another option for parking is the Stadium Parking Garage, located under Maxwell Field and between California Memorial Stadium and the Greek Theater. Parking here is $25/day with variable hourly rates.

If you wish to utilize public transportation, North Gate Hall is about 15-20 minute walking distance from Downtown Berkeley BART Station. There are also multiple AC Transit bus lines that stop in front of the building.

For more information on different parking garages around campus, visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website.

What is your cancellation & refund policy?

• Cancellations must be received in writing by email to

• Cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the start of the program registered for will receive a refund of all monies less the $275.00 cancellation fee. We are unable to refund any fees for registrations cancelled within two weeks of the start of training.

• Failure to appear for the training will result in forfeiture of the full course fee.

• Changes to the registration at anytime are only by approval of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute administration.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Berkeley Advanced Media Institute. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the program fee.

• The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to schedule program. The Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.

• If you purchased your class through CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase.

Can I transfer to a different workshop if I change my mind?

We currently do not offer transfer option between workshops. However, you may cancel the current workshop to receive a full refund less the cancellation fee and enroll in the preferred course. Please contact us directly at prior to making any changes. Change requests do not apply to request made 15-days prior to the workshop start date.

In-depth information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page. No video or audio recordings of the materials presented are permitted in any workshop.