Amazon Launches Alexa Skills Challenge: Tech for Good

Money talks. Amazon has used the incentive of prize money to entice developers to create unique and quality Alexa skills previously with other Alexa Skill challenges, like the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids and general Alexa Skills Challenges hosted by Devpost. Now Amazon and Devpost are looking for Alexa Skills “that have a positive impact on the environment and local communities” with the Alexa Skills Challenge: Tech for Good. Launched in July, the submitted skills can be in any category as long as they meet the overall goal of benefitting society.

A Charitable Challenge

The Tech for Good challenge has one of the largest cash prizes yet. There is $122,000 in winnings at stake, including the ability for the grand prize winner to make a $20,000 cash donation to a non-profit of their choosing in addition to the $10,000 grand prize. Amazon is even trying to get the younger generation involved, with 500 $50 participation prizes available to participants between the age of 13 and 17. While the general concept seems vague, Amazon would like the skills to either solve a customer problem or inspire customers to learn and take action. The contest also provides $5,000 prizes for the best skills in a variety of categories, including best circular economy skill, best sustainable transportation skill and best disaster relief skill. There are still three weeks left to participate if you have an idea that will create a positive impact for the Amazon Alexa community. Contest details can be found here.

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