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Congratulations to the Teams Selected to Compete
for the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 4!


On November 3, 2020, Amazon announced the teams selected to compete for the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 4, a multimillion-dollar university challenge to advance human-computer interaction.

Team University Faculty Advisor
Alquist Czech Technical University in Prague Jan Šedivý
Athena University of California, Santa Cruz Marilyn Walker
Chirpy Cardinal Stanford University Christopher Manning
DREAM Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Mikhail Burtsev
Emora Emory University Jinho Choi
CASPR The University of Texas at Dallas Gopal Gupta
Genuine2 Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Luis Fernando D’Haro
PROTO SUNY at Buffalo, New York Rohini Srihari
Viola University of Southern California Jonathan May

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.

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 teams will begin their journey on November 9, 2020 and this class of socialbots is expected to be released to Alexa customers in early 2021. 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.

Explore the past challenges page to learn more about the results of previous rounds of the Alexa Prize.

Key Dates


Application period opens

September 9, 2020

Application period closes

October 23, 2020

Competing teams announced

October 2020

Teams onboarded

Fall 2020

Competition begins

November 2020


July 2021

Winners announced

August 2021

Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 4