3 months ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in chosen the winners! Every maker who submitted an eligible and certified skill will be receiving a participation prize (one prize per maker, not per skill). All winners will receive an email with next steps in the coming days so keep an eye out. Congratulations!

In the meantime, go to the Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks 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…

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4 months ago

And the finalists are...

The judges have deliberated and chosen 10 finalists for Round 2 of the competition. Visit the Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all the skills. You might see something you’ll want to try out for yourself!

Round 1 of the competition is over, but we’ve got lots of other opportunities. Check out upcoming in-person and online hackathons and build something amazing.

Chop Chop
Mommy-gram
Start Nagging Me
Calm Now
My Buddy
House Tracker
My Pod
Lyfe Trak
Eco Hacks
Budget Bot

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post…

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5 months ago

New judge & Last call: Submissions close Monday (4/30)!

One a final shout-out that you have three more days left in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks to submit your skill. We're excited to announce Gary Vaynerchuk of the Hustler's Digest is joining the final judging panel so show him what you've got!

Submissions are due April 30 before 5pm ET. 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

One week to go–the deadline is almost here!

Time’s almost up - there’s only one week left to submit your life hack skill to the Alexa Skills Challenge.

Submissions are due April 30 before 5pm ET. 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 30, 2018 before 5pm ET. (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 the quick-start guide and browse the Resources page.

Submission checklist

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

  • Are you submitting a functioning Alexa skill that provides a convenience,…

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5 months ago

Webinar recording: How to Enhance Your Life Hack Skills for Screen Devices

Hi Devs!

The submission deadline is rapidly approaching and we cannot wait to see what you create!

If you missed yesterday's webinar on How to Enhance Your Life Hack Skills for Screen Devices, get the recording here and the Alexa Design Guide here. Remember, there are special bonus prizes for skills that work on the Echo Show or Echo Spot screened devices!

Questions?

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


6 months ago

Three weeks left—start your submission

There are three weeks remaining in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks. Submissions are due April 30, 2018 before 5pm ET.

Webinar reminder: Register early for the next webinar on April 12th @ 10am PST: How to Enhance Your Life Hack Skills for Screen Devices

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your skill 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

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6 months ago

Tech Tip: Focus on scaling skills with AWS

Learn how to leverage Amazon Web Services to prepare your engaging Alexa Skill for an increase in usage.

Click Here to Download the How to Scale Your Alexa Skill Using Amazon Web Services Guide.

Questions?

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


6 months ago

Webinar recording + register for the next one (4/12)

Did you miss Wednesday's webinar? We've got you covered! Watch the Tips on Building Voice-First Life Hacks with Alexa webinar and download the free guide.

Register early for the next webinar on April 12th @ 10am PST: How to Enhance Your Life Hack Skills for Screen Devices

 

Questions?

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

(Video Tip: Remember to include #AmazonAlexaLifeHacksChallenge on the video page. This can be in the title, in the video itself, or in the video description text.)

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…

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6 months ago

Don’t Miss Tips on Building Voice-First Life Hacks with Alexa on 3/28

REMINDER: Amazon is holding a LIVE webinar on how to build standout Alexa skills that make everyday tasks faster, easier, and more delightful via voice, on Wednesday, March 28 from 10-11am PT (Find out what time that is in your city).

<< Register now >>

Questions?

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


6 months ago

Quick-start guide

Thanks for joining the Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks! You're officially registered now, and we’ll be sending you regular updates throughout the competition.

Here’s how to prepare yourself to build an Alexa skill that provides convenience, saves time, or improves an everyday task in your life. Remember: Submissions are due April 30, 2018 at 5:00pm ET.

    1. Sign up for an Amazon Developer account. If you don’t have an Amazon Developer account yet, sign up for one (it’s free!). While you’re at the Amazon Developer portal, review the documentation for building with the Alexa Skills Kit.
    2. Review the rules. Thoroughly…

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