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December 04, 2019

Prem Natarajan

This past September, 10 university teams, from schools around the world, officially began their journey with the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3. Teams spent part of their summer attending an intensive boot camp to learn what it means to be customer obsessed and how to integrate their ideas into the Alexa Prize infrastructure. Now ready to compete, teams have built an AI (called a socialbot), at scale, capable of conversing coherently and engagingly with humans for 20 minutes. Their socialbots should be able to discuss popular topics and news events such as entertainment, fashion, politics, sports, and technology.

Even as innovators create AI that can drive cars, play board games, and diagnose diseases, the seemingly intuitive task of everyday social conversation remains an elusive goal. Undaunted, the student teams have geared up to tackle the challenge. As they build their socialbots, they will encounter esoteric problems like context modeling and dialog planning as well as exoteric problems like user experience and conversational engagement. The Alexa Prize provides a unique opportunity for industry and academia to come together to address these challenges.

We invite you to join the students on their journey and help them along the way. You can interact with their socialbots simply by saying, “Alexa, let’s chat” on any Alexa-enabled device in the US-English marketplace. You will be connected to one of the 10 socialbots at random. Chat about your favorite topics, say “Stop” when you are done, and share your feedback.

It is still early days in this pioneering journey, and we know the teams will appreciate your help and patience as they learn, iterate, and build new interactive conversational experiences. The socialbots will improve quickly based on your use and feedback. We hope you’ll enjoy interacting with them.

The student teams are working hard, having fun, and well on their way to making history. We look forward to having you join the Alexa Prize community to support them along the way.

Follow the #AlexaPrize hashtag and bookmark our site for updates.

July 15, 2019

Dilek Hakkani-Tur

On June 5th we announced the teams selected to compete for the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3, a university competition to advance the state of the art of conversational AI. Competing teams will work to build on the progress made in previous years to engage and delight users on a range of popular topics from news and current events to sports and entertainment.

Today we’ve published detailed profiles shared by the teams and their members. To learn more about them, head to AlexaPrize.com to meet the individuals who are helping us have fun and make history with the next generation of AI capabilities.

This group of socialbots won’t be available until later this year, but you can stay up to date on all things Alexa Prize by following the #AlexaPrize hashtag. In the meantime, you can continue chatting with the winning socialbots from last year’s challenge by simply saying, “Alexa, let’s chat.”

June 05, 2019

Dilek Hakkani-Tur

I am excited to share the teams selected to compete for the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge 3, a multimillion-dollar university competition to advance conversational AI.

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April 01, 2019

Dilek Hakkani-Tur

Today I am happy to announce our intention to make available the Topical Chat dataset, a corpus of human-human social conversations collected from crowd workers that will be released publicly on September 17, 2019.

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