8 months ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in, and we're excited to share the news! Go to the Alexa Skills Challenge: Beyond Voice gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the awesome submissions.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop coding. Update your portfolio to inform your followers about new projects and get feedback from fellow hackers.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


9 months ago

And the finalists are…

Big news—we have finalists!

The judges have chosen ten finalists amongst many amazing submissions to move forward to the next round of judging.

Stay tuned for future announcements on the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners.

Finalists, stay tuned for an email with next steps today! 

If your skill was not selected, don’t be discouraged as there is still an opportunity to win a Bonus Prize and Participation Prize in the coming weeks. We also wanted to encourage you to continue

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9 months ago

Finalists will be announced 12/21

Hi Alexa builders!

The judges are reviewing all of your entries diligently and are thoroughly debating which ones will be finalists. They need another day to complete their work so we expect to announce the finalists on Monday, Dec. 21st around 12pm ET.  

After the finalists are announced, we will send out a form to collect information for Participation Prizes so keep an eye out.

We’re sorry for the delay but wish you all the best of luck!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


10 months ago

Certification Help Reminder

Hi Alexa Beyond Voice Crew!

First and most importantly, we hope you're staying safe and healthy.

Second, we want to remind you that skills must pass certification and be published in the Alexa Skills Store by 5pm ET on December 11, 2020. If you're having trouble with the process, the Alexa team is here for you!

Certification Help: Please reach out to the Alexa team for help by sharing your Skill ID and any issues you’re having to the email address: alexa-developer-hackathon@amazon.com (If you have a case number, include that, too).

Questions?

If you have any questions about the…

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10 months ago

Final call: Submissions close November 17

Just a final shout-out these are the last few days to work on your project and submit to the Alexa Skills Challenge: Beyond Voice.

Final checklist:

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11 months ago

One week left to deadline - keep going!

There’s only one week left to enter your submission to the Alexa Skills Challenge: Beyond VoiceDon’t wait until the last minute - submissions are due November 17 before 5pm EDT. (Find out what time that is in your city)

Review the Amazon Alexa Policy Testing guidelines to make sure your skill complies with all content guidelines. A common mistake is to provide an invocation name that does not meet the invocation name requirements.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your project meets the requirements. There’s

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11 months ago

Two weeks to go – submit early!

There are two weeks left to enter your submission to the Alexa Skills Challenge: Beyond VoiceSubmissions are due November 17 before 5pm EDT. (Find out what time that is in your city)

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. (We’ll walk you through our submission form process if you need help.)  And if you've just recently joined the challenge, explore the Slack Channel, the Resources Tab and your “to-do” list for more info to help you get started.


Submission checklist

Run through this list before you sit back

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11 months ago

Three weeks to go + Video tips

There are three weeks remaining in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Beyond Voice. Submissions are due November 17 before 5pm EDT. (Find out what time that is in your city) We know as devs and innovators, your expertise normally lies behind the scenes, however, the submission video needs time too! It's often the first (and sometimes only!) thing that judges review.

Your video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear to showcase your software and talent in a video

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain how

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11 months ago

You’re Halfway There - Keep Going!

We are halfway through the Alexa Skills Challenge: Beyond Voice and are already so amazed by the impressive skills and innovation we are seeing as participants collaborate and build skills that go beyond voice.

Check out some of the following skills for inspiration:

Keep up the great work!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon,

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11 months ago

Prizes, Prizes, and more Prizes!

As if just building cool skills and taking your Alexa knowledge to the next level with the new Alexa Conversations dialog manager wasn’t enough incentive for you, here’s a reminder of the prize potential for eligible participants, including participation prizes:

Overall Prizes:
  • Top 300 Participant Prize

(Awarded to any eligible skill that did not win a higher prize, one per submitter, one per published submission. Limit to 300) 

  • United States winners • $50 USD delivered via Amazon.com digital gift card
  • International winners • $50 USD transferred via PayPal
  • Finalist Prizes: Ten finalists will take home the following:
  • USD $5,000
  • Included

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12 months ago

Did you know?! Fun Hack Fact Friday + More Live Events

Did you know?!

Oscar Merry, co-creator with team member Jess Williams, took home the prize for Best Multimodal Experience integrating In-Skill Purchases, Guess My Name,  in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal.  He wanted to share these brief tips with his fellow devs to help you make a winning skill!

1) Think about how you and your team are going to add fresh content to your skill going forward, and try and build in a system for doing this that doesn't require an update from a developer - for example check out this Jovo Google Sheets Integration.

2) Understanding

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12 months ago

AMAs all week long!

Have questions about the specific technologies featured in the competition? The Alexa team has you covered. Below you'll find the first set of events we have scheduled to help you complete your submission:

Tue, Oct. 6th

8:00am PT

Twitch APL Office Hours with German Viscuso,
Sr. Tech Evangelist on Amazon Alexa Twitch Channel
Tue, Oct. 6th

11:30am PT

Slack APL for Audio Slack AMA with Austin Vach,
Sr. Product Manager
Thur, Oct. 8th

10:30am PT

Slack APL Slack AMA with Alexander Martin
Fri, Oct. 9th

10:00am PT

Slack Alexa Web API for Games Slack AMA with Chris Subagio, Sr. SDE

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12 months ago

Collaboration + Resources To Help You Build

Whether or not you have started building your Alexa skill, the Slack Channel is the perfect place to connect with other developers!

Not only can you bounce ideas off each other and ask other developers for technical help, but you can also use the Community Chat to ask the Devpost team and Alexa team questions!

Teaming up

Looking for a challenge team?  The Slack Channel can also help you connect with potential teammates.  You can also use the challenge Participants Tab to search for other developers looking to team up, check out their skills and message them to see if

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