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Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks

Expanding on the Technovation Girls, formally Technovaiton Challenge and our collaboration with Amazon, we are excited to share that we are working together to host an Alexa Skills Challenge this fall. The Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks will be an opportunity for students to get direct, hands-on application of creating a voice-enabled Alexa skill to help make everyday tasks faster, easier, and more delightful for users. What is an Alexa Skill? Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind the Echo family of devices including Echo Show and Echo Spot.

The Life Hacks Challenge invites you to build Alexa skills that can reduce workload, streamline tasks, support self-improvement, or improve lifestyle and health. Alexa defines a life hack as any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. This can range from skills that help customers get a better night’s sleep, save money, drink more water, or cultivate a healthier mindset, to MacGyver-style expedient solutions to everyday problems, and more. Life hack skills can be in any category, as long as they improve an element of a user’s life. Submissions to the Life Hacks Challenge can be an improvement to an existing skill or an entirely new skill.

Register now        – Registration closes Sept 16, 2019

ALEXA CHALLENGE KEY DATES

Challenge Dates:
September 22 – December 12, 2019
Skills must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on December 12, 2019


Challenge Kick-off Event:

Sept. 21 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave 
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Midway Event:

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00am-noon
Amazon Fulfillment Center
2601 4th Ave E
Shakopee, MN 55379

Challenge Submission Date:
November 22, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. CT
A skill description, video demo, and other information must be submitted to technovation-challenge2019@amazon.com by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 22, 2019 to be considered.

Challenge Celebration Event:
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
4:00pm-5:30pm
Amazon Corporate Office
323 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

    REQUIREMENTS

    Main Requirement: Build (or update) and publish a skill that provides convenience, saves time, or improves an everyday task in your life.

    Submission Package: A skill description, video demo, and other information must be submitted to technovation-challenge-2019@amazon.com by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 22, 2019 to be considered. For a complete list of requirements, see the Official Rules. 

    Certification: The skill must be submitted to the U.S. Alexa Skill Store by November 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT and it must PASS certification by December 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT to remain eligible.

     

    JUDGES

    Panel of Judges

    • Coming Soon!

     

    JUDGING CRITERIA

    • Novelty & Quality of the Idea
      (including creativity and originality, and the extent to which the skill provides a convenience, saves time, or improves an everyday task)
    • Implementation of the Idea
      (including the user experience such as its ease-of-use, whether it performs as expected, includes fresh content, and more)
    • Potential Impact of the Idea
      (including the extent to which the skill is widely useful, might be customizable, might be extended to other scenarios, and more)
    • Quality of the Submission Package
      (including quality of the description, video demo, and any other materials submitted)

    See Rules and Regulations
    Register now