1 day ago

Skill Certification Help

Did you know it takes an average of 3 submissions to pass certification? If you submitted a skill to the Alexa Skills Challenge: Alexa Conversations and it didn’t pass the first time, we’re here to help. Finish editing and resubmit as soon as you can for a chance at another review. The longer you wait the less chance you have – be sure to alert us on Slack with your Skill ID.

Reach us on the Slack #certifications channel, every Wednesday at the Slack AMA, or attend the Twitch stream office hours on September 28 to interact with members…

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8 days ago

Big news! Submit more Alexa Conversations skills and win more!

Attention all registrants! There is a lot of impressive creativity on display in your submissions. In fact, we like what’s happening so much that we’re extending the competition briefly for all competition registrants including those who didn’t finish in time, or for existing registrants who want to create another skill. Use your newfound familiarity with the Alexa Conversations dialog manager to create additional, eligible skills and you’ll win a new participation prize of $40 USD value (capped at 200 bonus participation prizes)

 

Here’s what you have to do by October 5, 2020 at 11:59pm EST:

  • Use Alexa Conversations to…

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11 days ago

Submit TODAY!

Today is the last day to submit your skill for the Alexa Skills Challenge: Alexa Conversations. Submissions are due September 14 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city). Don’t miss today’s weekly office hours Twitch stream for Alexa Conversations and these new resources:

  1. New validation error troubleshooting guide 
  2. Beta fixes and improvements made to date

We’re standing by on Slack so feel free to reach out. Get ready to submit your skill by 5PM EST and good luck!

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. (We’ll walk…

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14 days ago

Final call for submissions

There are only 3 days left to complete your submission for Alexa Skills Challenge: Alexa Conversations.


17 days ago

6 Days Left!

Time’s almost up - there’s less than one week left to submit your skill using Alexa Conversations to the Alexa Skills Challenge. Submissions are due September 14 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city). Don’t miss today’s office hours Twitch stream for Alexa Conversations and Wednesday’s AMA on Slack.

If you've just recently joined the challenge, there’s still time!  Explore your “to-do” list, the previous updates and Resources page to help get you started.

Questions?

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


25 days ago

Two Weeks to Go, Special Office Hours, How to Make a Great Submission Video

There are just two weeks remaining in Alexa Skills Challenge: Alexa Conversations. Submissions are due September 14 before 5:00pm EDT. Don’t miss the weekly office hours Twitch streams for Alexa Conversations, and plan for this SPECIAL live AMA on Slack:

  • WEDNESDAY September 2: Slack AMA with published Alexa Conversations skill developers Steven Arkonovitch (Big Sky) and Nick Cuneo (iRobot) taking your questions in person.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your app meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to…

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about 1 month ago

3 Weeks Left, Pizza Teardown, AMA, Ahmed Shafei

You’re three weeks from the submission deadline! Don’t forget to join the Slack AMAs, the weekly office hours Twitch streams, and sign up for these SPECIAL live streams:

  • TOMORROW Tuesday, August 25th: Alexa Evangelist Justin Jeffress (@sleepydeveloper) breaks down the Pizza Ordering Hosted Skill Template with SA Nathan Grice (PART 1). 
  • Wednesday, August 26: Slack AMA on the pizza skill with Nathan Grice.
  • Thursday, August 27th: Alexa Evangelist Justin Jeffress (@sleepydeveloper) breaks down the Pizza Ordering Hosted Skill Template with SA Nathan Grice (PART 2). 
  • NEXT Wednesday September 2: Twitch AMA with published Alexa Conversations…

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about 1 month ago

Halfway, Upcoming Streams, and Stu Pocklington

You’re halfway to the submission deadline! This week we’re dropping another release including your feedback on error messages – watch the Slack channel for details.

Don’t miss the weekly office hours Twitch streams for Alexa Conversations, and plan for these upcoming SPECIAL live streams:

  • TOMORROW August 18th and 20th: Alexa Evangelist Justin Jeffress (@sleepydeveloper) walks through the Alexa Conversations Tutorial modules.
  • August 25th and 27th: Pizza ordering hosted skill template breakdown with Alexa Evangelist Justin Jeffress (@sleepydeveloper) and Amazon developer Nathan Grice.
  • September 2: Ask Me Anything with published Alexa Conversations skill developers…

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about 1 month ago

Upcoming Technical Trainings + Prize Reminder

You’re nearly halfway to the submission deadline! Don’t miss the weekly office hours for Alexa Conversations, and plan for these upcoming SPECIAL live streams:

  • August 18th and 20th: Alexa Conversations Tutorial modules walk through with Alexa Evangelist Justin Jeffress (@sleepydeveloper).
  • August 25th and 27th: Pizza ordering hosted skill template breakdown with Alexa Evangelist Justin Jeffress (@sleepydeveloper) and Amazon developer Nathan Grice.

A new software release this week brings bug fixes and improvements to the developer experience. The fix allowing the simulator to work in regions outside the US is also rolling out during the…

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about 2 months ago

Tips for Devs + Office Hours

Did you know?!

Last year’s Alexa Skills Challenge: ISP had some amazing submissions. Lasse Siebert took home the Grand Prize for their skill, Fitnesscoach, and wanted to share this helpful tip for this year’s participants:

What I've learned throughout the last competition is that it's an excellent opportunity to become more familiar with the Alexa ecosystem, get inspired by other devs and create something impactful in a rather short amount of time. Developing something in just two months can be quite stressful, though, the deadline helped me to get it done and make the best out of it. Competitions

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about 2 months ago

Important ways to get started

Hey contestants! Here’s an update on some new ways to get started building with Alexa Conversations. 

First, if you are in a region outside en_US, we’re working on a fix for the simulator testing tool. You can still build and we expect to have this working by the end of next week, so stay tuned for another update.

Second, last week’s 45-minute Alexa Conversations introduction is now available for streaming. Watch this on-demand Alexa Live session and hear from Alexa Evangelist Justin Jeffress (@sleepydeveloper) about how to get started designing and building with this exciting new tech. You’ll also hear…

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about 2 months ago

Collaboration + Resources To Help You Build

Whether or not you have started building your Alexa skill, the Slack Channel is the perfect place to connect with other developers!

Not only can you bounce ideas off each other and ask other developers for technical help, but you can also use the Community Chat to ask the Devpost team questions!

Teaming up

Looking for a challenge team?  The Slack Channel can also help you connect with potential teammates.  You can also use the challenge Participants Tab to search for other developers looking to team up, check out their skills and message them to see if they want to…

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2 months ago

Good news for our developers from India!

Hi Participants!

We're really excited to announce that participants from India are welcome to take part! We can't wait to see what Alexa Conversation Skills you create.

Join us in Slack!

Questions?

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