The world's largest voice-first hackathon returns to VOICE

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This is voicehacks.

The Voicehacks Hackathon at VOICE will be one of this year’s largest voice-first hackathons. Attendees hail from universities, industry and coding schools throughout the New York region.

Participating judges, evangelists and speakers have joined the roster from companies including Samsung, Amazon and Twilio with more to be announced over the coming days.

Want to be a part of this exciting inaugural year? Register using the form below!


On your marks....

The format will be a one day sprint-style hackathon intended to allow developers, designers, product managers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts up to innovate development in a fast paced and fun atmosphere where attendees can bring their own ideas to life. Teams and individuals are encouraged to register and we will build teams for those interested in joining one.


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Pricing & schedule

The event will be FREE to register for and food and beverages will be provided along with SWAG, prizes and raffles.

  • 8:00 AM: Doors open
  • 9-9:45 AM: Speakers take the stage
  • 10:00 AM: Coding begins (Samsung will host a Bixby Developer Session for interested parties from 10-11:00 AM)
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 4:30-5:00 PM: Code stop & project submission
  • 5-6:00 PM: Live project demos
  • 6:30 PM: Awards
  • 7:00 PM: Doors close

Location: Newark, NJ


Pre-requisites & Housekeeping

Amazon Alexa:

Let’s get ready to build an Alexa Skill at the VOICE 2019 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: https://alexa.design/cakewalk
  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.


Samsung Bixby:

The Bixby Voicehacks Hackathon will give you an opportunity to learn to develop for Bixby. Samsung will be shipping Bixby on 500 million devices a year including watches, phones, speakers, appliances, TV’s and more. Right now you have a ground floor opportunity to build for this enormous ecosystem. Oh, just so you know, we have some very cool prizes for the hackathon!

To prepare yourself for the Hackathon

To prepare yourself to win at the Hackathon


Twilio Autopilot:

Autopilot gives you a headstart to build smarter bots on any channel. 

Build, train, and deploy artificially intelligent bots, IVRs, and Alexa apps using natural language understanding and machine learning frameworks with Twilio Autopilot. 

How should you approach the hackathon?  

  1. Make a free Twilio account at https://www.twilio.com/try-twilio
  2. Check out the CLI https://www.twilio.com/docs/autopilot/twilio-autopilot-cli
  3. Go over the Autopilot docs https://www.twilio.com/autopilot
  4. Check out this tutorial showcasing different Autopilot Actions and features https://www.twilio.com/docs/autopilot/tutorials/deep-table-restaurant-assistant
  5. Watch this quick Intro to Autopilot video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edViFb-A0zw
  6. Sleep well the night before and bring your questions and hunger to learn to Voice Hacks! We can't wait to meet you!


Don’t forget to join our Slack channel with over 300 members at voicehacks.slack.com for all the latest updates on the event. 

Judges & Speakers

Participating Teams

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