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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 your skill makes people's lives easier. You can get into the details of how it works later on in the video, but treat the opening seconds of your video as you would a movie trailer or TV ad: pique your audience’s interest.
  • Show, don't tell. Demonstrate your app’s functionality and features through screencasts. Explaining what it does and how it works helps judges understand and appreciate your product design.
  • 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.

Get even more video-making best practices and start working on your submission today!

Questions?

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