The Amazon Alexa API Mashup Contest

Connect your favorite APIs to Amazon Alexa

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FAQ

General


Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry; however, we might favor a newer entry if it is considerably better than the original. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at help@hackster.io to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

To enter the contest you must follow these steps:

  • Create a free Hackster.io account
  • Register to participate in the contest
  • Create an Amazon Developer account
  • Submit your project on this contest page

Project Submissions Should Include:

  • Story and quality images
  • Clear Project Documentation including VUI diagram
  • BOM (Materials Used)
  • Source code
  • CAD files if relevant
  • All project submissions must include a link to your published Amazon Alexa Skill (If applicable)

Your entry must be your own original work; and your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials.

Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is: sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or a particular political agenda; is obscene or offensive; defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies; communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or violates any law. We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria.

Important note about Copyright: Your entire entry must only include material (including hardware, source code – both open source and third party sourced, user interface, music, video or images) that you own or that you have permission from the copyright/trademark owner to use. Your team’s entry may not include copyrighted materials (such as source code, user interface, background music, images or video) unless you own or have permission to use the materials. Ownership is not defined as purchasing a CD at a music store for replay, if playing a copyrighted recording on your guitar or repurposing an application’s user interface – your entry will be disqualified if copyrighted materials, including but not limited to these examples, are a part of your entry without appropriate licensing or permissions. If you do use permissible copyrighted materials, you must include the permissions information by citing the artist/creator and license information as per the respective Challenge Rules. Note that even material released under sites such as Creative Commons, common open source code licenses, and other similar licensing may need permission or acknowledgement as per the specific license.

Note: your team’s entry will be disqualified if permissions information is not included as per the requirements in the specific Challenge Rules.

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What are the judging criteria?

Amazon will judge all entries and select winners based on the following criteria:

Most Creative Alexa API Mashup

  • Creativity (20 points)
  • Use of voice user interface (VUI) best practices (10 points)
  • Story/Instruction – Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video (20 Points)
  • Project documentation including VUI diagram (10 Points)
  • Code – Include working code with helpful comments (10 Points)

Most Useful Alexa API Mashup

  • Usefulness (20 points)
  • Use of voice user interface (VUI) best practices (10 points)
  • Story/Instruction – Show how you created your project, including images, screenshots, and/or video (20 Points)
  • Project documentation including VUI diagram (10 Points)
  • Code – Include working code with helpful comments (10 Points)

Prizes:

Most Creative Alexa API Mashup

  • 1st Place: Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, $1,500 Gift Card, Trophy
  • 2nd Place: Amazon Echo, $1,000 Gift Card, Trophy
  • 3rd Place: Amazon Echo, $500 Gift Card, Trophy

Most Useful Alexa API Mashup

  • 1st Place: Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, $1,500 gift card, Trophy
  • 2nd Place: Amazon Echo, $1,000 gift card, Trophy
  • 3rd Place: Amazon Echo, $500 gift card, Trophy

First 50 Skills Published

  • The first 50 people to publish skills in both Alexa and the Hackster contest page (other than winners of this contest) will receive a $100 gift card. (Skill must be published between the contest start and end dates. Limited to 1 gift card per person. )

Devices will be shipped only to participants in the U.S. For winners living outside of the U.S., a gift card of equivalent value will be sent.

P.S. Devices will be shipped only to participants in the US. For winners living outside of the US, a gift card of equivalent value will be sent. When your skill is published, you may also be eligible to receive a free hoodie from Amazon. See here for details.

You can participate as a team, and we will ship the prize (should you win) to one designated person.

What are the prizes?
  • Most Creative API Mashup will receive: 1st Place: Trophy, Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, $1,500 Gift Card.
  • Most Creative API Mashup will receive: 2nd Place: Trophy, Amazon Echo, $1,000 Gift Card.
  • Most Creative API Mashup will receive: 3rd Place: Trophy, Amazon Echo, $500 Gift Card.
  • Most Useful API Mashup will receive: 1st Place: Trophy, Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, $1,500 gift card.
  • Most Useful API Mashup will receive: 2nd Place: Trophy, Amazon Echo, $1,000 gift card.
  • Most Useful API Mashup will receive: 3rd Place: Trophy, Amazon Echo, $500 gift card.
  • FIRST 50 SKILLS will receive: The first 50 people to publish skills in both Alexa and the Hackster contest page (other than winners of this contest) will receive a $100 gift card. (50 are available).
  • Swag will receive: When your skill is published, you may also be eligible to receive a free hoodie from Amazon. [*See details.](https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit/alexa-developer-skill-promotion).
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Here's how to Participate in the Contest:

  • Create a free Hackster.io account
  • Register to participate in the contest
  • Create an Amazon Developer account
  • Submit your project on this contest page

Project Submissions Should Include:

  • Story and quality images
  • Clear Project Documentation including VUI diagram
  • BOM (Materials Used)
  • Source code
  • CAD files if relevant
  • All project submissions must include a link to your published Amazon Alexa Skill (If applicable)
What is the contest timeline?

Project submissions open:

October 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM PT

Project submissions close:

December 18, 2016 at 11:55 PM PT

Winners announced by:

January 9, 2017

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

Contest winners will be announced on January 9, 2017. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

Eligibility criteria: Contestants must (a) be at least 16 years of age, (b) be a resident of a country other than Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria, (c) not be involved in the execution or administration of the Contest, and (d) not be an immediate family member or a household member of a Hackster employee. To be eligible for judging, an entry must meet the following content and technical requirements:

  • Contestants must create a free Hackster.io account and register as a participant for this contest.
  • Contestants must create an Amazon developer account to build a working submission.
  • Contestant must submit an Amazon Alexa skill via the Hackster.io project template
  • Contestant must submit their project on this contest page by filling out the form "Submit my final entry"
  • Contestant must use a public API and be in compliance with the applicable API's terms and conditions.
  • All ideas must be submitted in the English language.

In addition:

  • Each entry must be the contestants’ own original work; and
  • Entries cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • Contestants must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and
  • Entries may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials.

Additional requirements if submitting a full project:

  • Each project must be fully documented on Hackster per the “project” template.
  • Each final project must be submitted as within the projects template.
  • Each final project must consist of the following materials:
  • Images
  • Instructions
  • BOM
  • Schematics
  • Code
  • CAD if any

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