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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 realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form works? Head over to our submission form tutorial

Prepare your video

With only 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 (and sometimes only!) thing that judges review.

Your video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear way to showcase your app and talent in a video

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain how your skill uses Alexa Conversations 
    • Within 60 seconds, viewers tend to lose interest, so use this time wisely to keep them engaged!
  • Show, don't tell. Providing real life context and show judges how users can benefit from your skill.
  • Keep it simple. Per the official rules, your video shouldn't be more than five minutes long.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to upload your video. Due to file size, format, and your Internet connection, uploading a video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
  • Get organized. Write out a script of what you’ll say and demonstrate in your video and rehearse it before recording. Essentially a good script should talk about:
    • The problem you are addressing
    • Existing solutions to the problem
    • The solution that your skill provides and how it works

Get even more great advice on our video-making best practices help page.

Questions?

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