4 days ago

Extra certification time!

Hi Everyone!

We know some of you are waiting for certification. If your skill is currently in process for certification right now, we are not going to immediately disqualify you. The certification team is working to get through every pending skill and respond in the next few days to give everyone the best chance of passing. 

We hope this helps ease your minds and best of luck!

Questions?

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


13 days ago

Final call: Submissions close Wednesday (1/10)!

Just a final shout-out that you have two more days left in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids. Submissions are due January 10 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Don't forget:
- Rules for submission videos featuring kids.
- COPPA rules for kid skills.
- Skills must be submitted for certification no later than 5pm ET on January 10 and must pass certification no later than 5pm ET on January 17.


18 days ago

One week to go–the deadline is almost here!

Time’s almost up. There’s only one week left to submit your kid skill to the Alexa Skills Challenge. Submissions are due January 10 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Don't forget:
- Rules for submission videos featuring kids.
- COPPA rules for kid skills.
- Skills must be submitted for certification no later than 5pm ET on January 10 and must pass certification no later than 5pm ET on January 17.


25 days ago

Two weeks to go—submit early!

There are two weeks left to submit your Alexa kid skill. Submissions are due January 10 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city.) We encourage you to finish up your project and submit it for certification in the U.S. Alexa Skills Store before the deadline. That way, if your skill does not pass certification, you'll still have some time to fix the issue. Skills must pass certification by January 17, 5pm ET in order to be eligible.

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. (We’ll walk you…

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about 1 month ago

Three weeks to go and new simulator for Echo Show!

 

BIG NEWS! The Alexa team added an Echo Show simulator to the Amazon Developer Console!

There are three weeks left in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids! Save yourself some deadline-induced stress by getting your submission ready early. Submissions are due January 10, 2018 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city.)

We encourage you to finish up your project and submit it for certification in the U.S. Alexa Skills Store before the deadline. That way, if your skill does not pass certification, you'll still have some time to fix the issue. Skills…

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about 1 month ago

One month left—start your submission

There’s one month remaining in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids! Submissions are due January 10, 2018 before 5pm ET. We encourage you to finish up your project and submit it for certification in the U.S. Alexa Skills Store before the deadline. That way, if your skill does not pass certification, you'll still have some time to fix the issue. Skills must pass certification by January 17, 5pm ET in order to be eligible.

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,…

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about 2 months ago

In case you missed it: Kid skill webinar + live coding session

If you missed the webinar and live-coding session on November 8, don't worry! You can still check them out for valuable tips on building an engaging kid skill. The How to Build Engaging Kid Skills for Alexa webinar has been posted on YouTube and the live coding session is on Twitch.

Here's a handy list of the materials mentioned in the webinar:

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about 2 months ago

IMPORTANT: Rules for making your submission video

We know you’re focused on preparing your Alexa kid skill for submission, but don't forget about the required submission video. And for this competition, PLEASE NOTE: These extra rules apply:

  • Videos must include the text “#AmazonAlexaSkillsChallengeKids” in the text caption or in the video.
  • The video should not infringe on any third party’s intellectual property, including featuring names and images of people without their permission or third party trademarks and logos (e.g., logos on t-shirts or hats; photos or posters in the background which clearly show individuals, logos, or other third-party trademarks).
  • Any minor appearing in the video should…

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2 months ago

Webinar Reminder + Alexa Developer Forum Tips

Webinar tomorrow!

Don't forget to join the webinar tomorrow, Nov. 8th at 8am PT. 

Do you have technical questions?

The Alexa Developer Forum is the perfect place to post and we now have a dedicated section for the challenge! Use the topic "Alexa Skills Challenge" in your question on this space on the forums. 

 

 


3 months ago

New Webinar Announced: How to Build Engaging Kid Skills for Alexa

Want to get a leg up on the competition? Or some expert advice to help you build a great Alexa kid skill?

Attend a live webinar on November 8 at 8am PT to learn how to use the Alexa Skills Kit to build experiences that both kids and parents will love. You'll hear about what kids find engaging when it comes to voice experiences as well as tips and best practices for building skills that educate, entertain, and engage kids under 13.

Questions?

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


3 months ago

Learn how to build engaging skills for kids

Amazon will host a live webinar about building Alexa skills for kids on Wednesday, November 8 from 8-9am PT (find out what time that is in your city). Join to get tips and best practices for building skills that will engage kids under 13. Register here.

Questions?

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


3 months ago

Quick-start guide

Thanks for joining the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids! 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 for kids. Remember: Submissions are due January 10, 2018, at 5pm 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 kid skill rules. There are special considerations for developing kid skills. Thoroughly review the…

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