In July at Alexa Live we announced the Alexa Skills Challenge: Alexa Conversations. The challenge invited developers to create more natural-feeling Alexa skills with fewer lines of code, and get familiar with a new AI-driven approach to dialog management designed to help create skills that customers can interact with in a natural, less constrained way.
We want to thank everyone who participated in the challenge. It’s been incredible to see you learning this new model so quickly and with such passion, sharing learnings with each other in the Slack channel, coming up with creative ideas, and bringing public APIs into great skills.
We reviewed hundreds of submissions from thousands of contestants and we’re excited to share the 10 finalists. The review process wasn’t easy; we were amazed by the range of creative implementations that handled complex, multi-turn dialogs and offered more natural-feeling customer experiences.
Here are the 10 finalists selected to move on to the next round. Congratulations to each finalist! Each finalist will take home $5,000 and continue to compete for the $20,000 grand prizes.
From October 7th through October 18th finalists have a chance to improve and re-publish their skills. Our panel of judges will then evaluate the finalists to determine the winner of the $20,000 grand prize, and evaluate additional skills for the bonus prize categories. We will announce both the grand prize winner and the bonus prize winners on October 30th.
Thank you again to everyone who participated and worked hard to submit an entry to this challenge. We really appreciate your passion and hard work. Feel free to try each of the finalist skills and see how they can accommodate the phrases you like in the order you prefer for a more natural-feeling interaction.
Today we’re excited to announce Alexa Conversations (preview), a new deep learning-based approach that developers can use for creating natural voice experiences on Alexa with less effort, fewer lines of code, and less training data than before.