Looking to fill out Alexa’s family-friendly skills lineup, Amazon launched a developer challenge on Wednesday. Interested parties can craft skills aimed at kids under 13 for a chance to win a share of $250,000 in prize money — including a total of $25,000 to the grand prize winner. Converted, that’s about £19,000 or AU$32,600. The skills need to be in English and submitted to the US Alexa Skills Store.
Amazon Echo. Skills are essentially voice-activated apps for Alexa. For this contest, Amazon is seeking skills that are educational, fun, engaging or all of the above for kids under the age of 13.is Amazon’s voice-controlled digital assistant built into smart speakers such as the
Check out Amazon’s announcement of the challenge for more details. Other than the grand prize, 19 other finalists will win $5,000, and contestants could also win money in categories such as the best educational skill or the best skill by a high school student.
If you’re interested, you’ll need to submit your skill by Jan. 10 — though Amazon is encouraging contests to get their entries in sooner to gather feedback and ratings. Amazon will announce the finalists on Jan. 30 and the winners on Feb. 28.