Alexa Skills Hackathon

4381 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 3

Winners are announced.

idea phase
Online
starts on:
Feb 20, 2018, 07:30 AM
ends on:
Apr 01, 2018, 01:25 PM
hackathon
Online
starts on:
Apr 01, 2018, 11:30 PM
ends on:
May 03, 2018, 01:29 AM

Winners

Overview

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Amazon India is calling tech enthusiasts across India to join “Alexa Skills Hackathon” and build voice-first experiences. This hackathon will require you to think outside of the traditional development process and embrace a voice-first design approach, leading with the customer experience

Alexa, the voice service behind Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, is changing how we interact with technology. Alexa can be a concierge, sous chef, fitness coach, personal shopper, and DJ — every time you add a new skill, you make Alexa even smarter. Alexa skills enable voice-first experiences that can engage and delight your customers.

To help you bring your big idea to life with voice, use the Alexa Skills Kit, a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that makes it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa..

Sign up for the Alexa Skills Hackathon and help shape the UI of the future and enable customers to engage via voice.

How to get started

  1. Register for the Alexa Skills Hackathon on HackerEarth
  2. Sign up for an Amazon Developer Account and AWS Account
  3. Check out the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Getting Started Guide
  4. Review the Resources page for links to the ASK tutorials and the Alexa skills certification checklist
  5. Build your skill!
  6. Host your skill on AWS Lambda (recommended), or another hosting service of your choice. You may apply to receive $100 AWS promotional credit.
  7. No hardware is required! You do not need an Amazon Echo to participate. Test your skill using Test Simulator (beta).
  8. Include Skill ID from the Skill Information tab while submitting.
  9. Shoot your demo video and take screenshots of your functioning skill.
  10. Submit your skill on HackerEarth AND submit your skill for India Alexa Skill Store certification by on 22nd Apr 2018.

Important Dates

Registration and Idea Submission Phase: Feb 20, 2018 12:00am IST to Apr 1, 2018 11:59 IST
Qualifying Participants informed: No later than a week after submission of entry in the Idea Submission Phase
Skill Submission Phase: Apr 2, 2018 12:00am IST to Apr 22, 2018 11:59 IST
Skill Certification Phase: Apr 23, 2018 12:00am IST to Apr 28, 2018 11:59 IST
Judging: Apr 29, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Winner announcement: May 11, 2018

Note: Every week, we will review the submitted ideas and qualify the teams. Qualified teams will be notified every Friday via an email confirmation, and they can start building skills immediately. You can submit as many ideas as you like in this challenge. Do ensure to submit new ideas using different/alternative email IDs, so that you can make multiple skill submissions incase more than one idea gets shortlisted.

All idea submissions (Idea Phase) will close on 1 April 2018 and all skill submissions (Hackathon) will close on 15 Apr 2018. No new submissions will be considered after this date. Developers will be given time until 21 April 2018 to get the skills submitted and published on the Alexa Skill Store. Only skills that get certified and published to Alexa India Skill Store by 21 Apr, 2018, will be considered for the contest. The judging panel will announce the winning teams on 8 May 2018.

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Themes

Open Innovation

Put your big ideas to life. It could be business productivity solutions, cool games, smart home skills, or anything that you feel will delight Alexa customers.

Looking for ideas?
Did you know game skills are among the most liked skills on the Alexa Skill Store?

Check out the Alexa Skills Store here for more ideas!

Prizes

Main Prizes
First Prize
  • INR 65,000
  • One Amazon Echo Plus Device
  • One Amazon Kindle E-Reader
  • Meeting with Alexa Leader
Second Prize
  • INR 30,000
  • One Amazon Echo Plus Device
  • One Amazon Kindle E-Reader
Third Prize
  • One Amazon Echo Device
  • One Amazon Kindle E-Reader
Special Prizes
Special Prize

Alexa Popular Choice Award

Amazon Gift Card worth Rs.3000 will be awarded to the top 10 popular skills. Skill popularity will be judged by Amazon in its sole discretion on factors including (but not limited to) the number of customers engaging with the skill, on the ratings and reviews of the skill provided on the Alexa Skill Store by customers, on the potential impact and on creativity of the skill idea.

Alexa Front-Runner Award

Amazon gift card worth Rs.5000 to the skill with the highest number of users at the time of evaluation.

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