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08 Sep 2018, 09:00 AM IST
closes on:
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Oct 03, 2018 09:00 AM IST
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Oct 24, 2018 11:55 PM IST

Overview

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

Have a glimpse at the previous webinar by Sohan Maheshwar who is an Alexa Evangelist at Amazon, on the topic: Build Voice-Enabled Experiences with Alexa.

Alexa, the voice service behind Amazon Echo, 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.

Students from the following colleges are eligible and can sign up for the Alexa Skill Wizard Challenge.

Help shape the UI of the future and enable customers to engage via voice.

How to get started

  1. Register for the Alexa Skill Wizard Challenge 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 17th Oct, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria: Students currently pursuing their under graduation or post graduation course in India and belonging to colleges listed in Annex A are eligible to participate in this challenge.

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Themes

Open Innovation (Life Hacks/Utilities/Business Productivity)

Put your big ideas to life. It could be everyday utilities, business productivity solutions, or any skill that you feel will improve an element of a users' life. Here are a few examples

  • Alexa, can I create a family tree for my big giant family? (Lifestyle)
  • Alexa, send voice WhatsApp to Shivani (Life Hacks)
  • I keep losing my phone (and my wallet, and my bag, and …). Alexa, find my phone! (Life Hack...
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    Game Development

    Build an engaging voice based game skill. It could be anything that you feel in the realm of game development for Alexa customers.

    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!

    Education

    Build a skill that helps educate students across India. It could be a nursery rhyme skill for a 3 year old to a virtual teacher in the form of Alexa.

    Check out the Alexa Skills Store here for more ideas!

    Prizes

    Main Prizes
    First Prize
    • INR 50,000
    • One Amazon Echo
    Second Prize
    • INR 30,000
    • One Amazon Echo
    Third Prize
    • INR 10,000
    • One Amazon Echo
    Special Prizes
    Special Prize

    Amazon Gift Card worth Rs.3000 will be awarded up to 10 Skills.

    Skills will be judged by Amazon in its sole discretion on factors including the number of customers engaging with the skill, on the ratings of the skill and on reviews provided on the Alexa Skill Store by customers.

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