Hack the dorm with Amazon Alexa
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Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more. Watch this video to learn more.

The objective of this challenge is for you to build a new voice-activated Alexa skill for your university dorm using the Alexa Skills Kit. The winners will create a new skill that makes life easier and better in a university dorm. From improving accessibility features, to creating integrations with your entertainment system, or even making homework more efficient, all domains will be considered. Entries will be judged on their usefulness and creativity among a few other criteria. Submissions must be eligible for publication, meaning they should comply with our content guidelines, should not be directed at children under 13, and cannot infringe third-party IP. The best part; no hardware is necessary to do this. If you do not have an Alexa-enabled device, you can test your skill with Alexa right in your browser and begin building your skill right away.

The contest begins today and will close on December 31, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM PST. Winners will be announced on January 31, 2017. See full contest rules here.

Here is what you can win:

- First place: $1,000 and an Amazon Echo

- Second place: $300 and an Amazon Tap

- Third place: $300 and an Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

- First 10 submissions to publish their skills and submit a contest entry here and who are not selected as first, second or third place winners will receive an Amazon Tap.

- Everyone who publishes a skill is eligible for a limited edition Alexa Developer hoodie.

We can’t wait to see what you build.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Alexa Skills Kit?

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) enables developers to easily build capabilities, called skills, for Alexa. ASK includes self-service APIs, documentation, templates, and code samples to get developers on a rapid road to publishing their Alexa skills.

What are examples