The Alexa Prize

A Multimillion-Dollar competition to Advance Conversational Artificial Intelligence

Announcing the Alexa Prize Roadshow

The Alexa Prize is hitting the road and coming to a city near you! If you’re a university student or faculty member you can learn more about where we’re going and how you can participate by visiting our 2019 roadshow page for more details. This is an especially great opportunity for students/teams who have never considered applying to the Alexa Prize.

The Alexa Prize

The Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3, a multimillion-dollar university challenge to advance human-computer interaction, will begin accepting applications on March 4, 2019. Competing teams will create socialbots that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on a range of current events and popular topics such as entertainment, sports, politics, technology, and fashion. Selected university teams will receive a $250,000 research grant, Alexa-enabled devices, free Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support their development efforts, and access to other tools, data, and Alexa team support.

Applications must be submitted by May 14, 2019 and will be reviewed and evaluated based on: potential scientific contribution to the field, technical merit of the approach, novelty of the idea, and the team’s ability to execute against their plan.

Bookmark this page and check back here for application details and other resources to guide you through the process. If you’d like to receive notifications, or have questions about the Alexa Prize, please contact us.

Learn more about the 2018 finalists’ journey

Key Dates

  • March 4, 2019

    Application period opens

  • May 14, 2019

    Application period closes

  • June 2019

    Competing teams announced

  • Summer 2019

    Teams onboarded

  • September 2019

    Competition begins

  • May 2020


  • June 2020

    Winners announced