Importance of Natural Resources

Share your expertise, build an Action (Assistant on Air)


[MUSIC PLAYING] LUKE DAVIS: Welcome
to “Assistant on Air,” where we have conversations
with the people that build for Google Assistant. I’m Luke Davis, and
I’ll be your host today. And we get to talk
to Amanda Cavallaro. AMANDA CAVALLARO: Hello. LUKE DAVIS: Thank you so much
for joining me today, Amanda. AMANDA CAVALLARO: Thank
you for inviting me. LUKE DAVIS: Why don’t
you introduce yourself? AMANDA CAVALLARO: Sure. My name is Amanda Cavallaro. I’m a Google developer expert
for the Google Assistant. I’m also a Women
Techmakers ambassador. And I’m a GDG Cloud
London organizer. And I work as a
software developer. LUKE DAVIS: That’s amazing. Sounds like you have 20 jobs. It’s so much. AMANDA CAVALLARO: A
lot of titles, sorry. LUKE DAVIS: How do you
juggle all this stuff? AMANDA CAVALLARO: Yeah,
so this is my passion. So I just wake up every
day, and I look forward to what I’m going to do. I wouldn’t be able to do
it if it wasn’t really my passion, so yeah. LUKE DAVIS: It’s
amazing what you’ve been able to accomplish
just in the last three years since you’ve gotten to London. But before London, you
came from Brazil, right? AMANDA CAVALLARO: Correct. So yeah, my father used to be
a software developer, so I grew up building things with my dad. We used to have
the 24 floppy disks and spend all night doing
that, building LEGOs together. So it was quite natural
to me that I would choose computer science to study. And then while I
was based in Brazil, I used to help a lot
in social projects. And I just love
to learn something and then just pass
it forward to people. Because people tend to think,
can I really help someone else? I don’t know that much. But if you know
even a little bit, that little bit can really be
key for someone else to learn. LUKE DAVIS: You’ve really become
just an incredible expert– just looking through the
stuff that you’ve put online– in this specific, amazing thing
of taking something that’s really actually quite
complicated and hard to understand and making it
completely accessible to lots and lots and lots of people. Can you talk about that code
lab that you made a little bit? AMANDA CAVALLARO: Sure, so
I’m in love with karaoke. That’s one of the things
I love to do the most. And then I wanted to
create an event that would be cool for
people to go, not only to learn the technical
side but to also have fun. And what’s more fun
than karaoke, right? LUKE DAVIS: [LAUGHS] AMANDA CAVALLARO: So in the
beginning, they got there, and they interacted with
the action that I created. So they saw how it worked. And then secondly,
they went step by step through the workshop
with copy this, do that, and explaining why
they were doing that. But then in the end, we all sang
to the karaoke and the actions that they had created. So it’s nice to see how you
can both have fun and code. Having fun, it’s fun. LUKE DAVIS: It’s super fun. And that code lab
is super, super fun. AMANDA CAVALLARO: Thank you. LUKE DAVIS: I’ve worked on a
lot of code labs at Google, and they are just so much work. They take so long to put
together and get all polished and everything. How long did it take you to
put that code lab together? AMANDA CAVALLARO: I
think about a month. But the cool thing
about code labs is we think that only people
at Google can create it. But actually, anyone
can go ahead and do it. There are tools that– even
you, you can go and create one. LUKE DAVIS: That’s
amazing that you were able to put that whole
thing together in a month, because it’s going to affect
the lives of tens of thousands of people, at least. AMANDA CAVALLARO: Exactly. And there were some key things
that I learned along the way that you’d have to have
years and years or months or days of experience. And I just try to make it
as easy and straightforward for people to go
ahead and learn. LUKE DAVIS: Your skill
at being able to do that, it’s just really,
really, really impressive. I get the feeling that this
is not your first time doing this trick. You said something about working
in a bunch of social programs while you were in Brazil. Can you talk a little
bit more about that? AMANDA CAVALLARO: Sure. So I’m in love with
the Japanese culture, and I used to practice
martial arts, aikido. So every weekend, I
used to take four buses to get there and help
the kids to learn about the Japanese culture. And it was just
amazing to see how they would, in the beginning,
not know that much. But then building together and
playing games, analytic way, they could learn it. And then how about
using an action to get them to learn even more? So I got them on board. They sent me the questions. At this point, I’m
already living in London. So they sent me the
questions there, and they helped me
build the action. There was a designer
there, and then he created all the assets for us. So it was a teamwork together. So I felt, even though
I’m not in Brazil anymore, I can still help my community. LUKE DAVIS: That sounds so cool. When you taught the aikido
classes or the Japanese culture integration with
aikido stuff in Brazil, are their skills
that you as a person learned there that you
feel like you bring forward to community building now? AMANDA CAVALLARO:
Oh, definitely, yeah. Aikido to me is more like
almost a spiritual thing. It’s all about becoming
a better person than what you were yesterday. So you don’t have to
learn 10 things a day. But if you learn even
one or even half, or even if you didn’t
forget one thing that you learned yesterday,
you’re on the right track. So that’s what I try
to bring to my life. I try to each day
be a bit better. And by helping the
people who are around me, we’re even creating a better
atmosphere and a better ecosystem for everyone. So by helping
people next to you, you’re also helping yourself. LUKE DAVIS: I can totally
see that philosophy. It just shines through
the work that you do. Amanda, thank you so much for
coming and hanging out with us today. I really appreciate it. AMANDA CAVALLARO: Thank you. LUKE DAVIS: We hope you
enjoyed today’s show. If you have suggestions
for future episodes, please leave a comment below. Follow us on Twitter for
updates and new episodes. I’ve been Luke. Chat with you next time. [MUSIC PLAYING]


Reader Comments

  1. Hi, thanks for the video. I have been having issues trying to build an action that translates English to my native tongue. What I did was to record all the interpretations in different audio clips but where I am stuck is how to upload the audio files on the cloud. Also, I don't know how to design the fulfillment to link the audio to the different entities in each of the action. Please will you be kind to help me out? I have read all the documentations and watched almost all the video tutorials online.

  2. Please can you do more beginner-friendly video tutorials on how to build a fulfillment for an external audio file? I want to build an action that translates some common English phrases and sentences to my local language. I have the audio files but I'm stuck on how to build the fulfillment. Thank you

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