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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 your skill uses APL for Audio (beta), APL, motion and sensing APIs OR Alexa Web API for Games.

  • Show, don't tell. Providing real life context and showing users firsthand how your skill benefits users will help judges understand and appreciate your solution. Make sure the video includes your skill functioning on a device or in the developer console simulator!

  • Keep it simple. Your video shouldn't be longer than five minutes.

  • Get organized. Write out a script of what you’ll say and demonstrate in your video and rehearse it before recording.  Essentially a good script should talk about:

    • The problem that your potential customers face

    • Existing solutions to the problem

    • The solution that your skill provides

    • How the skill provides it

  • Don’t forget: include #AmazonAlexaBeyondVoiceChallenge on the video page. This can be in the title, in the video itself, or in the video description text.

  • Pro Tip: Don't wait until the last minute to upload your video. Due to file size, format, and your Internet connection, uploading a video to Facebook Video, YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.  We cannot stress this enough!  There have been many times a submission becomes ineligible due to errors with video rendering and uploading.

We can’t wait to see your project and how you showcase it in your video.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum and join the competition Slack groupThe Alexa team is here to support you! Check out the full schedule of events.