3 days ago

Prizes, Prizes, and more Prizes!

New feature alert! We are excited to share that the video feature for the Alexa Presentation Language (APL) is now available in beta! You can now add videos to your APL #AlexaSkills. Learn more


Not only are Alexa Skills getter better with the addition of APL (Alexa Presentation Language), 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 TWO participation prizes:

Overall Prizes:

  • Participant Prize
  • Note: Certified and eligible skills may win a participation prize.

Read more

6 days ago

Don’t Miss Webinar - Building Winning Multimodal Skills with the APL (12/12)


Building Winning Multimodal Skills with the Alexa Presentation Language

Date: December 12, 2018

Time: 10am-12pm PDT (Find out what time this is in your city)

Join the Amazon Alexa team for this webinar to learn about the new Alexa Presentation Language as you prepare for the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal. We'll share tips and best practices of using APL to build quality multimodal skills. We'll also help you update your existing multimodal skills using display templates to use APL.

<<Register Now>>


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

12 days ago

APL - What the heck is that?

With Alexa Presentation Language (APL), you can build skills with voice and visual experiences that apply conditional layouts and data binding. If you have developed skills for Alexa-enabled devices with a screen, then you are familiar with display templates. You can use APL to create the equivalent of display templates. However, with APL, you have the power and flexibility to build multimodal skills with many visual elements–including graphics, images, and slide shows–and to customize the output for different devices.

With APL, you can create skills with full-featured, responsive, and interactive screen displays, in a manner similar to how you…

Read more

27 days ago

Quick-start guide

It’s time to get started with the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal! Once you have officially registered (if you haven’t done so already) we’ll be sending you regular updates throughout the competition. Submissions are due January 22, 2019 at 5:00pm ET


Main Requirement: Build (or update) and publish a skill that uses the new Alexa Presentation Language (APL) to add multimodal elements to voice-first experiences.

NOTES: Skills using display interface or display templates are NOT eligible. Your skill must use APL and include at least one APL document to qualify.

Your skill must be usable on voice-only devices such…

Read more