3 days ago

Big news! Submit a second ISP skill and win more!

Attention all registrants! We’re extending the competition briefly for all competition registrants including those who didn’t finish in time, or existing registrants who want to create another skill: Use your newfound ISP coding chops to enter an additional, eligible ISP skill and you’ll win a new bonus participation prize of $40 USD value (capped at 200 bonus participation prizes, no more than one per maker) Here’s what you have to do by November 26th at 5:00pm EST:

  • Build and publish a new skill, or update an existing skill, with In-Skill Purchasing that offers premium paid content for customers and is…

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8 days ago

Thank you for taking part!

We want to thank all of those who took part in the challenge for all your hard work! The certification team and the first round of judges are reviewing the submitted skills. While you wait to hear who will win, check out the submission gallery and keep building new Alexa skills!

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


12 days ago

Final call: Submissions close Tuesday (11/12)

Just a final shout-out that you have two more days left in the Alexa Skills Challenge: In-Skill Purchasing to submit your skill.

Submissions are due November 12 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city)

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. (We’ll walk you through our submission form process if you need help.) 

Submission checklist

Before the deadline passes, make sure you run through this list:

  • Are you submitting a functioning Alexa skill that uses In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) and offers premium paid content for customers and is…

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15 days ago

Have Last Minute Questions? Join our Twitch Office Hours for In-Skill Purchasing! Monday, 11/11 @ 9am PT

ISP Office Hours

Only a few days remaining in the challenge! Join us on Monday, 11/11 from 9 AM – 10 AM PT where we will answer your In-Skill Purchasing development questions! 

Set a Reminder:  https://www.twitch.tv/events/aeH_biTuQ0SiWze0ByXjmA


17 days ago

One week to go–the deadline is almost here!

Time’s almost up - there’s only one week left to submit your skill using In-Skill Purchasing to the Alexa Skills Challenge.

Submissions are due November 12 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city)

If you've just recently joined the challenge, there’s still time!  Explore your “to-do” list, the previous updates and Resources page to help get you started.

Requirement Reminder

Main Requirement: Build (or update) and publish a skill that integrates In-Skill Purchasing. Skills must be published in at least one of the Skill Stores that currently support ISP: US, UK, DE,…

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24 days ago

Introducing a New Alexa Skills Training Course: “How to Design for In-Skill Purchasing”

We’re excited to introduce our new Alexa Skills course, How to Design for In-Skill Purchasing. This free course outlines the best practices for designing a great monetized Alexa skill experience. By completing this course, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to design and optimize your skill for in-skill purchasing.

Try the course! 

Join us on TwitchWednesday 10/30, 12:00pm PT. We’ll crowd-design a skill for three kinds of ISPs and write upsells together.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


28 days ago

Have Questions? Join our Twitch Office Hours for In-Skill Purchasing! Monday, 10/28 @ 9am PT

ISP Office Hours

There are just over 2 weeks left in the challenge! Join us on Monday, 10/28 from 9 AM – 10 AM PT where we will answer your In-Skill Purchasing development questions! 

Set a Reminder: https://www.twitch.tv/events/zylZRgFLTy6dUBQzK9RGyw

 


about 1 month ago

Join our ISP workshop on Twitch - TOMORROW 10/23 @10am PT

Build and Monetize an Alexa Skill using In Skill Purchasing

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build a Skill with premium content that can be unlocked by customers via subscriptions, entitlements, and consumables. You will also learn the complete process, from building, to testing, through publishing an ISP skill. Developers who monetize their skills across numerous skill stores will be able to tap into a larger customer base, generating revenue to grow their global voice business.

Set a Reminder: https://www.twitch.tv/events/7J5HzOV-SaqbSrx7X5uCMg


about 1 month ago

Three weeks left—start your submission

There are three weeks remaining in the Alexa Skills Challenge: In-Skill Purchasing. Submissions are due November 12, 2019 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city)

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your skill meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form…

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about 1 month ago

Four Weeks to Go: How to make your submission video great

here are just four weeks remaining in Alexa Skills Challenge: In-Skill Purchasing. Submissions are due November 12 before 5:00pm EDT. 

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your app meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form works? Head over to our submission form tutorial

Prepare your video

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about 1 month ago

Halfway Point + A Tip From Your Fellow Dev

You are halfway through the Alexa Skills Challenge: In-Skill Purchasing, congrats!

As we all know, learning is part of the challenge process, and with Alexa skills it’s no different.  Ahmed Shafei, creator of the Alexa Skill, “Movie Classics” and one of the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal finalists, has a few tips to help you on your skill-building journey!

“In many cases the development of an Alexa skill is like app development.  You should always start with the basic questions: 

  • Why? Define the reason why you’re building the skill? Why would someone want to use your skill? 
  • What? What…

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about 1 month ago

New $3,000 Bonus Prize! Best Premium Spanish Skill in the US

Hola everyone! In September, Alexa announced that developers could start building premium skill experiences for Spanish-speaking customers in the US. Now we’ve added an additional bonus prize of $3,000 for the best Spanish skill in the US with In-Skill Purchasing (ISP). To enter, publish a new Spanish skill in the US with In-Skill Purchasing, or update an existing one, and submit your skill and submission materials to the challenge before the November 12th deadline. To learn more about building Spanish skills in the US, visit the announcement here

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on…

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about 2 months ago

Did you know?! Fun Hack Fact Friday Featuring a Challenge Winner

Did you know?!

To build something great, sometimes it takes a village!

Stuart Pocklington, Grand Prize Winner of last year’s Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal for his skill “Loop-It” has a few tips for you as you build your Alexa skill!

When you decide that you want to enter the competition, make sure you join the Slack channel. You will be joined by lots of other developers who will be amazing at helping you when you get stuck, they will help bounce ideas around, and will generally great people to know and to network with. You will also get first

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about 2 months ago

Important Announcements

The Alexa ISP Challenge is underway and we cannot wait to see what creative skills you build. We have a couple of announcements to share:

Office Hours

Join the Alexa evangelists during weekly Office Hours on the Twitch livestream. They can help you with all of your Alexa and ISP-specific technical questions. They’re a great resource so make sure you take part! Weekly on Tuesdays starting at 9:00am PT on Twitch.

Japan Skill Demo Videos

We realize that the Japanese Skill Store submitters may struggle creating an English-language demo video so we amended the rules to allow for Japanese…

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about 2 months ago

Prizes, Prizes, and more Prizes!

Not only are Alexa Skills getting better with the addition of ISP (In-Skill Purchasing), but so are the prizes for this Alexa Skills Challenge!

As if just building cool skills wasn’t enough incentive for you, here’s a reminder of the prize potential for eligible participants, including participation prizes:

Overall Prizes:

  • Participant Prize
  • Note: Certified and eligible skills may win a participation prize. One prize per submission, and only one prize per eligible submitter. If you submit 5 skills, you will only win 1 prize.
    • Eligible participants in the U.S. will receive a $50 USD delivered via Amazon.com digital gift card.

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about 2 months ago

ISP: What you need to know + Requirements Reminder

In-skill purchasing lets you sell premium content such as game features and interactive stories in skills with a custom interaction model. Buying these products in a skill is seamless to a user. They may ask to shop products, buy products by name, or agree to purchase suggestions you make while they interact with a skill. Customers pay for products using the payment options associated with their Amazon account.

To sell premium content in your skill, you need to define one or more in-skill products and associate them with your skill. An in-skill product defines the type of purchase and details…

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2 months ago

Connect with the Dev Community + Tech Tip From Your Fellow Dev!

Whether or not you have starting building your skill, the Alexa Skills Challenge: In-Skill Purchasing Slack Workspace is the perfect place to connect with other developers!

Not only can you bounce ideas off each other and ask other developers for technical help, but you can also use the Slack Workspace to ask the Devpost and Amazon representatives questions!

Looking for a team?  The #teams channel can help you connect with other developers who are potential teammates.  (You can also search the challenge Participants Page to message other participants)

BONUS TECH TIP: Oscar Merry, co-creator with team member Jess Williams, took…

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