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Tips for Devs + Office Hours

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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 like these are all about pushing yourself to the limit of what you can do and create something that you're happy with personally.

It is also not about being the best in programming. It's about having a great idea that can have a significant impact — creating something unique that has not been there before or building upon an existing idea that may as well already be featured in the skill store. 

Try sticking to Amazon's guidelines as best as you can. Look out for best practices and provide exceptional user experience. Think of integrating extra features (such as APL content or ISP) - your Skill will benefit from anything that can make it outstand the others.

Spend a reasonable amount of time on planning your Skill and don't be afraid of changing it throughout the competition. Having a solid foundation will undeniably make it way easier for you to get started.

Do you have a tip you’d like to share with your fellow devs?  Be sure to share it in the Hackathon Slack Channel, we know they’ll appreciate it!


Before you go, here are some important reminders!

  • Join Justin Jeffress, the lead Alexa Evangelist for Alexa Conversations at Contest office hours on Twitch August 10 at 9am PST.
  • Check out the Pizza Ordering Skill template now published in the Developer Console.


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