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More than $6,000 in prizes available at the Amazon Alexa Hackathon at VOICE 2020

Thank you to all who submitted their Alexa skill(s). We are in the process of reviewing submissions and will be announcing a winner on Friday, October 23. 

 

 

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What is an Alexa Skill?

Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind tens of millions of devices like the Echo family of devices including Echo Show and Echo Spot. Skills are like apps for smart phones and tablets. They provide capabilities for Alexa devices. There are now tens of thousands of skills from companies like Starbucks, Uber, and Capital One as well as other innovative designers and developers in the Alexa skill store.

Most Innovative Conversational Experience

(Best Use of Alexa Conversations)

1. 1st place ($2500 in devices to the winning team)

2. Runner up ($600 in devices to the runner-up team)

 

Qualification Criteria:

In order to qualify for the prize, the team must use Alexa Conversations and must have a skill submitted to certification before the end of the deadline OR code has to be open sourced on Github.

Individual/team should share the Skill-ID along with proof of the submission status. Individual/team should put together a 60 second commercial/pitch on Youtube demoing the experience and share the link during submission.

Most Innovative Use of Multimodal Technologies

(Best Use of Web API for Games and APL)

1. 1st Place ($2500 in devices to the winning team)

2. Runner up ($600 in devices to the runner-up team)

 

Qualification criteria:

In order to qualify for the prize, the individual/team must use Alexa Presentation Language (APL), or Alexa Web API for Games for a game skill and must have a skill submitted to certification before the end of the deadline OR code has to be open source on Github. Individual/team should share the Skill-ID along with proof of the submission status. Individual/team should put together a 60 second commercial/pitch on Youtube demoing the experience and share the link during submission.

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How to get prepared:

Let’s get ready to build an Alexa Skill at the VOICE 2020 Hackathon. If you haven’t built a skill before, here are a few steps (all free!) that you can take so you are ready to go when the hackathon starts:

  1. Create a free developer account at https://developer.amazon.com/alexa. If you want to be able to use your skills on your own Alexa devices, sign in with the same Amazon account you use with the devices.
  2. Haven’t built a skill before?  Check out this free 90-minute online course which takes you through the basics of designing and building an Alexa Skill: http://alexa.design/cake-time
  3. Create a free AWS account at https://aws.amazon.com.  This step is optional as Alexa offers a hosted option, however having someone on your team with an available account is usually a good idea. When you register you’ll be asked for a credit card, although if you don’t use any AWS resources, you won’t incur any charges.  AWS offers a free tier – more information on that can be found here: https://aws.amazon.com/free.
  4. Download sample templates to your desktop: https://github.com/alexa

 

Judges

Anna Van Brookhoven

UX Writer and Tech Evangelist

Amazon

Akersh Srivastava

Amazon Technology Evangelism, Alexa

Amazon

Brooke Hawkins

Senior Conversation Designer

Myplanet

Justin Jeffress

Amazon Senior Solutions Architect, Alexa Hackathons

Amazon

Braden Ream

Chief Executive Officer

Voiceflow

Jeroen Vonk

Innovation Designer

Novum Innovation Labs

Bob Stolzberg

Founder & CEO

Voicexp