The best thing about contest in the voice first world is the exposure your work gets from the press that the companies will give to your app. Ask any winner of the previous contests Amazon has released like PretzelVoice with KidsCourts and Oscar Merry and Jess Williams with PandaRescue.
So here is a list of contests you can participate now and give voice to your ideas!
Amazon announced last Friday the Echo Buttons US Game Skills Contest, the newest Amazon Alexa Gaming challenge for developers in the United States with Hackster.io. To compete, you need to build a game skill for Echo Buttons – gaming-friendly gadgets that connect to compatible Echo devices – through the Alexa Developer Console. You will need to submit the skill to the contest page after publication for a chance to win.
According to their announcement, a great contest submission will tell a great story, have a target audience in mind, and make people smile. The prizes are $25,000 worth in total!
The first 150 people to publish skills to both the Alexa Skill Store and the Hackster contest page will receive a 2-pack of Echo Buttons – with a special bonus prize of $100 Amazon Gift Cards* for the first 25 developers. (Skill must be published between the contest start and end dates).
If you are not US based, there is another contest for or developers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Austria. The Alexa Skills Challenge: Games with BeMyApp is an opportunity for you to create game skills for Alexa and compete for cash prizes.
All you need to do is publish an Alexa skill within the Games, Trivia, and Accessories category in the Alexa Skills Store on amazon.de or amazon.co.uk. Your skill can be published in German or English. You can also publish it to both stores and increase your chances of winning one of the grand prizes or a bonus prize.
Bixby, the smart assistant presented by this year’s Samsung Unpacked event has also a private invitation-only (but you can sign up here) contest for developers of the first capsules. You can win some solid cash including $500 if you are one of the first 50 developers to submit. This is what the email we got said:
You’ll be among the earliest crop of developers to try out the platform. As part of a new release of Bixby, we’re rolling out great rewards to those who try out the Bixby beta platform. Any of our first group of devs that submit a capsule will get guaranteed cash rewards. Also, top applicants will be flown to San Francisco to demo at Samsung Developers Conference on November 7th – 8th and receive more cash rewards.
Google has a competition in collaboration with Systers organization for Grace Hopper in which if you build an Action and share it using the hashtags #AoGDevs and #AoGatGHC before 9/30 and additionally set the project name to ‘systers-[your-action-name]’ . @systers_org will send you a Rosie the Riveter Android! It does looks cutie. But it’s hard far from cash prizes Amazon or Samsung are offering frequently now.
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