If you already have an AWS account, sign into the AWS console at aws.amazon.com, and skip to the next exercise.

Create an AWS Account (Free Tier)

If you do not have an AWS account, you will need to create one.

You will need a valid credit card to set up your account, but it won’t cost anything to get started: the AWS Free Tier will serve our purpose.

  1. Visit aws.amazon.com and then choose Create an AWS Account.
  2. Follow the instructions to create a new account. Do not worry about the IAM role, we will get to that in the next few exercises.
  3. Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.
  4. It can sometimes take a couple minutes for your new AWS account to go live. You will receive an e-mail when your account is active.

Once your account is created, sign in to the AWS console at aws.amazon.com.


AWS provides the hosted service (back-end) for your skill. The next exercise will show you how to set up that service, called AWS Lambda.

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