Customers now have tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices with screens. And they want more voice-first, multimedia experiences that are immersive, entertaining, and engaging. Join us to invent the next generation of Alexa experiences that go beyond voice. 

The Alexa Skills Challenge: Beyond Voice is an opportunity for developers to create immersive Alexa skills that combine voice with rich sound, visuals, touch and motion. You can mix audio tracks at runtime with APL for Audio (beta), add visuals and touch to your skills with APL, and now even motion-enable your skills with new motion and sensing APIs. You can also leverage web technologies such as HTML5 for voice games with the Alexa Web API for Games.

With these developer features, you can build Alexa skills for a wide range of screen devices such as the Echo Show, Fire TV and tablets, and third party products with Alexa built-in such as Samsung TVs, LG TVs, Lenovo Tablets with Alexa Dock, and Portal from Facebook.

Log in to the Alexa Developer Console to get started.


  • Individuals, and teams of individuals, must be 18 years or older to participate, or have reached the legal age in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry.
  • The competition welcomes contestants from around the globe. However individuals or organizations may be disqualified if they are based in a nation, state, province, or territory where U.S. or local law prohibits participating in the competition or receiving a prize. This includes individuals, who are residents of, and organizations domiciled in Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and any other country designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.


Main Requirements: Build (or update) and publish an Alexa skill that uses APL for Audio (beta), APL, motion and sensing APIs OR Alexa Web API for Games to add rich audio, visuals, or motion to your experience. Your skill must incorporate at least one of the four features. Skills using display templates are NOT eligible. 

Submission Package: A skill description, video demo, and other information must be submitted on the Devpost website by November 17th, 2020 5 PM EST to be considered. For a complete list of requirements, see the Official Rules.

Certification: All skills must be submitted to the Alexa Skill Store in any of the Alexa locales by November 17th, 2020 5 PM EST and PASS certification by December 11th, 2020 5 PM EST. Submissions to Devpost must include a video demonstration and written detailed description of the skill, including instructions for judges on how to invoke and access any purchasable content (if applicable).

Hackathon Sponsors


$97,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

• $20,000 USD
• Alexa Skills Challenge trophy
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Finalist (10)

• $5,000 USD
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Top 300 Participation Prize (300)

• For US participants, $50 e-gift card
• For international participants, $50 USD transferred via PayPal or Payoneer only

Best Education & Reference Skill

• $2,000 USD
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Best Food & Drink Skill

• $2,000 USD
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Best Games & Trivia Skill

• $2,000 USD
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Best Health & Fitness Skill

• $2,000 USD
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Best Kids Skill

• $2,000 USD
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Best Productivity Skill

• $2,000 USD
• Blog post featuring winning skills

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Idea Using Multimodal Technology
    Including creativity, uniqueness, and the ways in which the skill takes advantage of rich audio, visuals, touch, or motion.
  • Quality of the User Experience
    Including the audio design, visual design, whether the skill performs as expected, and works well across device types.
  • Potential Impact
    Including the extent to which the skill is immersive, entertaining, and useful.
  • Quality of the Submission Package
    Including quality of the description, video demo, and any other materials submitted to Devpost.

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