Alexa, who would win in a fight, a lion with a knife or a bear with an antler made of ice?” Alexa, the voice service behind Amazon Echo devices and Alexa-enabled products, now supports skills for kids under the age of 13. Which is a good thing, because kids have a lot of questions that need answering.

We invite developers from around the world to create Alexa skills for kids. If your skill makes the grade, you could win big.

So what are we looking for? Here are some ideas:

  • Educate – Inspire wonder. Foster kids’ creative problem-solving skills. Cheer them on for a job well done.
  • Entertain – Bring them into the action with interactive experiences. Make it fun. Make them laugh.
  • Engage – Make a strong first impression. Keep their interest. Make it useful so they want to keep coming back.

Your skill can be any or all of these things. It can engage one child or several. It can even get the parents involved. We have resources to help you get started.


Webinar Recap: How to Build an Engaging Kid Skills for Alexa


Participant Prize ($55 cash value) All participants who provide an eligible submission package and publish a child-directed skill in the US Alexa Skills Store will receive a limited-edition Amazon Echo Dot or a gift certificate of equal value (limit one per maker)


This competition is open to:

  • Individuals, and teams of individuals from around the globe, as long as they are not on the excluded country list or from a country where local law prohibits, who have reached the age of majority[1] in their country of residence at the time of entry. Please see the official rules for details.
  • Individuals 13 to 17 years old in the US or Canada who: (1) have a parent or guardian submit their skill in the Amazon Developer Console on their behalf under that parent or guardian’s account, AND (2) provide a signed consent form from the parent or guardian that lists all minor(s) for whom the adult is submitting the skill.

Employees of Amazon, Devpost, and contractors currently under contract work for Amazon or Devpost are not eligible.

Software partners and those receiving funding or assistance from Amazon for application development are not eligible. Any application that is or was funded or compensated, partially or fully, by Amazon for its development is not eligible for entry.

[1] Age of majority – the threshold of adulthood as recognized or declared by law; most countries set the age of majority at 18 including the US, UK, Germany, and India  


Main Requirement: Build an Alexa skill that educates, entertains, and/or engages children under the age of 13.

Submission Package: A skill description, video demo, and other information must be submitted on the Devpost website by January 10, 2018 at 5:00pm ET to be considered. For a complete list of requirements, see the Official Rules.

Certification: The skill must be submitted to the U.S. Alexa Skill Store by Jan. 10, 2018 at 5pm ET and it must PASS certification by January 17, 2018 at 5pm ET to remain eligible.


Hackathon Sponsors


$202,500 in prizes

Grand Prize

• $20,000 USD Grand Prize
• $5,000 USD Finalist Prize
• Alexa Skills Challenge Trophy
• Winner chosen from the 20 Finalists

Finalist Prize (20)

• $5,000 USD
• Promotion of the finalist's skill by Amazon during the Customer Engagement period

Bonus Prize: Kid Favorite, Parent Approved

• $7,500 USD Kid Favorite, Parent Approved Prize
• $5,000 USD Finalist Prize
• Winner chosen from the 20 finalists

Bonus Prize: Best Skill by High School Students age 13-18 in US or Canada

• $10,000 USD

Bonus Prize: Best Skill by University Students

• $10,000 USD

Bonus Prize: Best Skill Designed for Echo Show

• $7,500 USD

Bonus Prize: Best Educational Skill

• $7,500 USD

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

How to Enter (Age 18+) 

  1. Register for the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids on Devpost.
  2. Sign up for an Amazon Developer Account
  3. Review the Resources page to learn more about the Alexa Skills Kitdesigning for voice, and submitting your skill for certification.
  4. Build your skill!
  5. Host your skill on AWS Lambda (recommended), or another hosting service of your choice. You may apply to receive $100 AWS promotional credit.
  6. Include your Skill ID from the Skill Information tab in your developer account. Here's where to find that.
  7. Shoot your demo video and take screenshots of your functioning skill. Review the rules for video requirements! 
  8. Submit your skill on AND submit your skill for U.S. Alexa Skill Store certification before 5:00pm ET on January 10, 2018. Here’s how to do that. (Your skill must pass certification before 5:00pm ET on January 17, 2018.)


How to Enter (Age 13 - 17 from the U.S. and Canada only) 

  1. Register for the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids on Devpost.
  2. Ask your parent or guardian to sign for up an Amazon Developer Account.
  3. Ask your parent or guardian for help with your submission on This will include providing a signed consent form enabling you to use their Amazon Developer Account. The submission form must include your Skill ID once you’ve built it (here's where to find that). It will also include a demo video and screenshots of your functioning skill. Review the rules for video requirements.
  4. Review the Resources page to learn more about the Alexa Skills Kit, designing for voice, and submitting your skill for certification.
  5. Build your skill!
  6. Host your skill on AWS Lambda (recommended), or another hosting service of your choice. Your parent or guardian may apply to receive $100 AWS promotional credit.
  7. Ask your parent or guardian to submit your skill on AND submit your skill for U.S. Alexa Skill Store certification before5:00pm ET on January 10, 2018Here’s how to do that. (Your skill must pass certification before 5:00pm ET on January 17, 2018.)
  8. Have questions? Contact us at


Alice Steinglass

Alice Steinglass

Ashley Andersen Zantop

Ashley Andersen Zantop
General Manager, Learning & Development, Pinpoint Learning

Jason Yip

Jason Yip
Assistant Professor, University of Washington Information School

Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant
Founder and CEO, Black Girls Code

Kurt Beidler

Kurt Beidler
General Manager, Kids and Family, Amazon

Stefanie Schwartz

Stefanie Schwartz
Senior VP, Digital Partnerships, Nickelodeon

Steve Rabuchin

Steve Rabuchin
VP, Amazon Alexa

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    (including creativity and originality of the skill)
  • Implementation of the Idea
    (including the user experience such as its ease-of-use, whether it performs as expected, includes fresh content, etc.)
  • Potential Impact
    (including the extent to which the skill can engage, entertain, and/or educate children under the age of 13)
  • Quality of the Submission Package (Round 1 only)
    (including the description, video demo, and any other materials submitted to Devpost)
  • Customer Engagement (Round 2 only)
    (a variety of factors are considered such as minutes of usage, new customers, recurring customers, customer ratings, and more)

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