3 months ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in, and our community has voted! Go to the Alexa Skills for Students – Powered by AWS Educate 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.


4 months ago

Submissions close TODAY at 5:00pm EDT!

One a final shout-out! There’s still a bit of time to submit your hack for Alexa Skills for Students.

The submission package includes: a skill description and a video demo. The skill must also be submitted to the U.S. Alexa Skill Store by April 22, 2019 at 5pm EDT.

Don’t miss the deadline. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you have any questions, please let us know in the discussion forum. Get advice and answers to other questions in the Slack channel.

Ready, Set, Go! 


4 months ago

Last call: Submissions close Monday April 22, 2019 at 5pm EDT!

One a final shout-out that you have 3 more days left to submit your skill for Alexa Skills for Students. The good news is that you have the whole weekend and a very active Slack group to help you every step of the way!

If you have additional questions please let us know in the discussion forum.

Now let’s see what you've got!


4 months ago

One week to go–the deadline is almost here!

Time’s almost up - there’s only one week left to submit your skill for Alexa Skills for Students.

Submissions are due on Monday April 22, 2019 at 5pm EDT!

If you have ANY questions, please post on the discussion forum or in the Slack group. You can also post in the Alexa developer forum or get your questions answered live during Amazon Alexa's weekly office hours every Tuesday at 1pm PST/4pm EST.

We’re here. And there are plenty of resources to help you through the building and submission process. Now go unleash your creativity!

 


4 months ago

Get your Alexa questions answered TODAY during Office Hours!

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Get your technical questions answered directly and instantly today with the Amazon Alexa team at 1pm PST/4pm EST.

During this time, you’ll get a chance to discuss your skill use case, learn best practices and see live code demos to help you troubleshoot. Our hope is to enable you to build the right skill for your use case, get your skill certified, and put the finishing touches on your submission for the Alexa Skills for Students contest.

We can't wait to see what you build next. And remember, if you have additional questions,…

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5 months ago

Act fast for a second chance at prizes!

Hi Everyone! 

We received some truly great submissions and we can’t wait to see who gets certified and comes out on top. While we wait to see, we are offering a second chance to win the remaining prizes!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Eligible participants who registered for the competition BEFORE April 1st, 2019 @ 5pm and who did not already enter a completed submission may complete a submission and enter it by Monday, April 22nd @ 5pm EDT.
  2. All skills must clear certification by April 26th @ 5pm EDT to be considered for prizes.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON ELIGIBILITY
  • Students and…

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5 months ago

Thank you!!!

We want to thank all of those who took part in the challenge for all your hard work! The certification team and the first round of judges are reviewing the submitted skills.

While you wait to hear who will win, please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey: https://awseducate.devpost.com/details/survey 

Thanks and good luck!

Questions?

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


5 months ago

Last call: Submissions close Monday April 01 at 5:00pm EDT!

One a final shout-out that you have just a few more days left to submit your skill for the Alexa Skills for Students Challenge. 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.)

Submissions are due April 1 before 5:00pm EDT. (Find out what time that is in your city)

Questions?

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


5 months ago

Two weeks to go—submit early!

It’s getting close!  There are two weeks left to submit your Alexa life hack. Submissions are due April 1 before 5:00pm 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 quick-start guides, labs, and hands-on activities on the Resources page.

Submission checklist:

Before the deadline passes, make sure you run through this list:

  • Are you submitting a functioning Alexa skill that…

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5 months ago

Excited about AWS DeepLens and wondering how you might put it to use?

You can use AWS DeepLens to give Amazon Alexa the power to detect objects via Alexa skills!

People are using Alexa for all types of activities, such as checking their bank balances, ordering pizza, or simply listening to their music from their favorite artists. For the most part, the primary interaction with the Echo has been your voice. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to build a new Alexa skill that will integrate with AWS DeepLens so when you ask “Alexa, what do you see?” Alexa returns objects detected by the AWS DeepLens device.

   

Object detection…

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6 months ago

Certification Period Extension

Good news, folks! We’re extending the certification period a little bit to make sure all your skill submissions are reviewed. The new timeline for the remainder of the challenge will be:

Certification Period: April 01 at 5:00pm - April 22, 2019 @ 5pm EST

Judging: April 24 2019 – May 8 2019

Winners Announced: May 15 2019 @ 2:00pm EST

This means your submission will have more time to clear certification!

Questions?

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


6 months ago

Four weeks left - begin planning your submission video

With less than four weeks left, we know you’re focused on preparing your Alexa skill for submission, but don't forget about your video. It's often the first thing that judges review. 

A good video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear and concise explanation of what your app is and does. Check out our recommendations below:

Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain how your skill fits into one of the categories:

  • Student Life - Such as finding student-friendly establishments, finding student jobs and internships, staying healthy, reducing stress, getting enough sleep,…

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6 months ago

Tech Tip: Wanna create an Amazon Alexa chatbot?

It’s easy to create a chatbot using Amazon Lex. This service allows you to build conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. With Amazon Lex, the same deep learning technologies that power Amazon Alexa are available, enabling you to easily build sophisticated, natural language, conversational bots or “chatbots”. Best of all, you do not need to have machine learning expertise in order to use Amazon Lex. You can specify the conversation flow and Amazon Lex will take care of the speech recognition and natural language understanding functionality!  

To create a bot, you will first define the actions…

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6 months ago

Looking for Creative Inspiration? Here’s Where We Find Ours.

You are the builders of tomorrow. Take part in this transformation by building your first Alexa skill using the Alexa Skills Kit. Voice user interfaces (VUI), such as Alexa, can transform life for college students. Alexa provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to create a more personalized experience. There are now tens of thousands of skills from companies like Starbucks, Uber, and Capital One as well as innovative designers and developers. From training the next voice designers and developers to reinventing life on campus or in the classroom, the possibilities with voice are endless. Whether you are an…

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6 months ago

NEW Prizes!

We’re excited to announce that a Grand Prize winner will be selected from the three category winners (Student Life, Learning, and Community); the submission receiving the highest overall score, as determined by the judging panel, will be the Grand Prize winner and new owner of an AWS DeepRacer and the coveted Alexa Skills Challenge Trophy.

AWS DeepRacer is the fastest way to get rolling with machine learning, literally. Get hands-on with a fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car driven by reinforcement learning, 3D racing simulator, and global racing league. AWS DeepRacer comes with an HD camera, a dual-core Intel processor,

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7 months ago

Getting Started

It’s time to get started with the Alexa Skills Challenge powered by AWS Educate! Once you have officially registered, we’ll be sending you regular updates throughout the competition.

Main Requirement: Build (or update) and publish a skill that fits into one of the challenge categories:

  • Student Life - Such as finding student-friendly establishments, finding student jobs and internships, staying healthy, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, financial planning, and more.
  • Learning - Such as study assistants, class scheduling, classroom experience improvements, interacting with teachers/ other students, mitigating procrastination, and more.
  • Community - Such as connecting with other students, keeping in touch…

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