$2.5M Amazon Alexa Prize seeks chatbot that can coherently converse for 20 minutes


In hopes of accelerating its progress in the field of conversational AI, Amazon is hosting its first annual Alexa Prize competition, which offers a whopping $2.5 million in total prize money.

The focus of the competition is on creating a “socialbot” using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), meaning a bot that can converse coherently and intelligently with humans on “popular topics and news events.” It’s open globally to teams of full-time students enrolled in an accredited university (with a few exceptions).

The winning team will receive $500,000 USD, with an additional prize of $1 million going to the team’s university if their socialbot is able to converse intelligently with humans for 20 minutes.

Additionally, up to 10 teams of students will receive a $100,000 stipend, Alexa-enabled devices, free Amazon Web Services (AWS) and support from the ASK team.

Teams can submit between September 29th and October 28th at this link.

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