Alexa, Amazon's intelligent personal assistant, runs on the Echo, Fire TV, and other devices, and gained popularity this past holiday season. Alexa has many built-in command-based skills, including the capability to play music, tell the weather, and control home devices. Amazon allows developers to create their own skills using the Alexa Skills Kit to trigger an AWS Lambda function. I purchased an Echo in late 2016 and soon after dabbled in creating my own skills. After creating some interesting skills -- some practical, some not -- I realized it would be possible to control a map by issuing commands to Alexa.