Connected Lab, the global leader in connected software experiences, is hosting the Amazon Alexa and Echo Hackathon from Friday, March 11, 2016 to Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Connected Lab’s Headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. The Amazon Alexa and Echo Hackathon will explore voice-based user interfaces for Alexa, the software that supports Amazon’s Echo hardware.

Alexa’s Skills enable people to interact with connected devices using just their voice. Attendees will build voice capabilities, called Skills, for Alexa. The Amazon team will provide training prior to the hackathon for using Amazon Web Services with the Alexa Skills Kit.

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  • Demos must work. No pure design mockups.
  • Fresh code only. APIs and libraries are fine (as long as you didn’t write them). Winners may have code reviewed.

Hackathon Sponsors


$716 in prizes

Amazon Echo (for each winning member of team) (4)

Each team member will receive an Amazon Echo (USD $179.99, not available for sale in Canada yet).

Interview for paid internship or full-time opportunity with Connected Lab (4)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Paul Cutsinger

Paul Cutsinger
Principal Alexa Evangelist, Amazon

Damian McCabe

Damian McCabe
VP Engineering, Connected Lab

Nathan Dyck

Nathan Dyck
Emerging Tech Lead, Nanoleaf

Trevor Hunter

Trevor Hunter
CTO, Rakuten Kobo

Robert McCauley

Robert McCauley
Alexa Evangelist, Amazon

Judging Criteria

  • Overall Theme
    “What can voice interfaces do better than apps?”
  • Experience (i.e., interaction design) — 30%
    Voice interface, grading of voice experience, UI/UX if it involves apps
  • Innovation — 30%
    Non-obviousness (novelty)?, is it in a new unexpected way? Use case and desirability.
  • Use of Amazon technologies — 15%
    AWS, Amazon products, cloud, etc.
  • Presentation/demo — 15%
  • Quality, Attention To Detail, Completeness — 10%

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