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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 be the legal child of the submitter. If the submitter is not the parent or legal guardian of the child appearing in the video, the submitter must obtain written consent from the parent/legal guardian to feature the child in the video.
  • If a child appears in the video, they should only be engaging with kid skills, not skills intended for adults.
  • Echo devices should not be referred to or positioned as a toy.

Your video must follow these rules in order for your submission to be eligible, so double- and triple-check it before the deadline arrives.

You don’t just want your video to be eligible, though—you also want it to be good! Here are some tips to help with that:

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain what your skill is and why kids will like it. 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.
  • 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.

If you need more advice, check out our video-making best practices.

Questions?

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