The Alexa Prize Roadshow

The Roadshow is a free event where full-time university students and faculty, interested in participating in the Alexa Prize, can connect, collaborate, and learn more to prepare to apply and compete. While we are only able to travel to a handful of locations this year, content delivered at the roadshow will be available here digitally by April 1, 2019.

Space for these events is limited. To register, please select your prefered location from the list below and follow the instructions on the event page.

March 11-12 – Silicon Valley/ Bay Area, CA
March 14-15 – Los Angeles, CA
March 18-19 – Pittsburgh, PA
March 21-22 – New York, NY
April 1-2 – Chicago, IL
April 4-5 – Boston/Cambridge, MA
April 8-9 – Cambridge, UK
April 11-12 – Edinburgh, UK
April 15-16 – Milan, IT

Roadshow sessions will offer information on a variety of topics including, best practices for drafting a compelling Alexa Prize application, considerations when building your team, lessons learned and changes implemented for the upcoming round with a focus on innovation and invention, as well as, a deep dive on the resources Amazon makes available to competing teams. You will also have a chance to hear from past participants about their Alexa Prize journey. At each stop, Alexa team members will be on hand to help answer any technical and business questions you may have about the Alexa Prize. Preview the agenda.

Roadshow FAQs

What is the Alexa Prize?
Launched in September 2016 as a global university competition intended to push the boundaries of scientific progress by partnering with academia on compelling, visionary challenges, the Grand Challenge has been for teams to build a socialbot, an Alexa skill, that can engage in a fun, high-quality conversation on popular societal topics for 20-minutes and achieve an average rating of at least 4.0/5.0. You can learn more about the teams and results of the first two years of competition here: 2017 Alexa Prize / 2018 Alexa Prize.

Through the Alexa Prize competition, participating universities are able to conduct research and test hypotheses with real customer interactions through their socialbots. Alexa customers interact with Alexa Prize socialbots via the “Alexa, let’s chat” experience, engage in live conversations and leave ratings and feedback for teams, which the teams use to evaluate and improve their systems.

Why should university students and faculty attend the Alexa Prize Roadshow?
If you have ever considered applying to the Alexa Prize this is your chance to learn more and set your team up for success. The Roadshow curriculum is designed to empower you. There will be Alexa team members on hand to help answer any technical and business questions you may have about the Alexa Prize.

How do I register?
Space is limited. Please click your city above and register on the event page. You’ll receive a confirmation email with additional information to prepare for the event including directions, what to bring, and the agenda.

Who should attend?
Any full-time student or faculty interested in learning more about the Alexa Prize.

My city is not listed?
Fear not! While we are only able to visit a handful of locations this year, recordings and content from sessions will be available here by April 1, 2019. Let us know if that’s you and we’ll be in touch as soon as they’re available.

When can I apply?
The application period will open on March 4, 2019 and will be hosted here at Bookmark this page today and click here to receive updates from the team.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or require additional information.