•   about 1 year ago

Good luck folks. I found the certification process painful myself, and won't be certified in time.

I do look forward to seeing what the rest of you folks have come up with. This was definitely a learning experience for me technically and politically, but I now have some reservations about moving forward to work with Amazon as a partner on the "skills" front.

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  •   •   about 1 year ago

    Did you receive a response back from the certification team? As I didn't even get a response.

  •   •   about 1 year ago

    I've been submitting skills to the store for around 2 years. They do clearly list the requirements for getting certified, and in my experience their feedback on which requirements you missed is usually quick and concise but useful. Especially during competitions like this, they get feedback to me every time within a day usually. Failure to follow their guidelines isn't their fault. It can be difficult when you're new to it. You're unaware of silly holes not to fall into (things like if you keep a session open, you must have Alexa prompt the user). My first skill took 5 or 6 tries before I got it on. At this point I'm usually able to get a skill accepted within a single feedback, and sometimes first try.

  •   •   about 1 year ago

    @Bijan, I actually received 3 responses! All of them in less that 24 hours after I (re)submitted for certification.

    The first response listed 3 technical issues. One of them is that the "tester" wanted me to convert all of my sample utterances to variations on the LaunchIntent type. The samples I originally had all aligned with what I've seen posted in forums, Amazon's own blogs, the skill forms, and the documentation. I changed it anyway

    You're not alone. I see complaints on the Amazon forums that skill certification timelines are very unpredictable and tend towards the long side.

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