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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$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)
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
- 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.
How to enter
Principal Alexa Evangelist, Amazon
VP Engineering, Connected Lab
Emerging Tech Lead, Nanoleaf
CTO, Rakuten Kobo
Alexa Evangelist, Amazon
“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%