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Congratulations to the Teams Selected to Compete
for the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3!

It's Day One for the Alexa Prize

On June 5, 2019 Amazon announced the teams selected to compete for the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3, a multimillion-dollar university challenge to advance human-computer interaction. These 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. Each university team participating will receive a $250,000 research grant, Alexa-enabled devices, Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support their development efforts, access to the Extended Topical Chat dataset, and other resources and Alexa team support.

Amazon received applications from leading universities from more than 15 countries. All applications were reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria: the potential scientific contribution to the field, the technical merit of the approach, the novelty of the idea, and the team’s ability to execute against their plan. The field this year was extremely competitive making the selection process even more challenging than in previous years. Read Dilek Hakkani-Tur’s blog post on the team announcement.

The teams will begin their journey with a boot camp hosted by the Alexa Prize in Seattle in early August with the official start of the challenge in September. This class of socialbots is expected to be released to Alexa customers in December 2019. A $500,000 prize will be awarded to the team that creates the best socialbot. The second- and third-place teams will receive prizes of $100,000 and $50,000, respectively. The grand challenge, a $1 million research grant, will be awarded to the winning team’s university if they have a composite score of 4.0 or higher and at least two-thirds of their Socialbot’s conversations with interactors last for twenty (20) minutes.

Learn more about the results of the 2017 and 2018 Alexa Prize.


Meet the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3 Teams

Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Advisor:
Alex Rudnicky

Czech Technical University in Prague

Faculty Advisor:
Jan Sedivy

Emory University

Faculty Advisor:
Jinho Choi

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Faculty Advisor:
Mikhail Burtsev

Stanford University

Faculty Advisor:
Christopher Manning

University of California, Davis

Faculty Advisor:
Zhou Yu

University of California, Irvine

Faculty Advisor:
Sameer Singh

University of California, San Diego

Faculty Advisor:
Julian McAuley

University of California, Santa Cruz

Faculty Advisor:
Marilyn Walker

University of Michigan

Faculty Advisor:
David Jurgens

Key Dates


Application period opens

March 4, 2019

Application period closes

May 14, 2019

Competing teams announced

June 2019

Teams onboarded

Summer 2019

Competition begins

September 2019


May 2020

Winners announced

June 2020

Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3