Introducing the Alexa Prize TaskBot Roadshow
A free event where full-time university students and faculty, interested in participating in the Alexa Prize, can connect, collaborate, and learn more to prepare to apply and compete.
This year we will be presenting the roadshow virtually, on March 30, 2021, from 10am to 1pm ET for all to participate in. Once the virtual roadshow has been delivered we will make it available for on demand viewing.
Roadshow sessions will offer information on a variety of topics including, best practices for drafting a compelling Alexa Prize application, considerations when building your team, lessons learned and changes implemented for the upcoming round with a focus on innovation and invention, as well as, a deep dive on the resources Amazon makes available to competing teams. Alexa team members will be on hand to help answer any technical and business questions you may have about the Alexa Prize.
Frequently asked questions
What is the Alexa Prize?
Launched in September 2016 as a global university competition intended to push the boundaries of scientific progress by partnering with academia on compelling, visionary challenges, the Grand Challenge has been for teams to build a socialbot, an Alexa skill, that can engage in a fun, high-quality conversation on popular societal topics for 20-minutes and achieve an average rating of at least 4.0/5.0. You can learn more about the teams and results of the first three challenges here: 2017 Alexa Prize / 2018 Alexa Prize / Socialbot Grand Challenge 3.
In 2021 we announced a new competition – the Alexa Prize TaskBot Challenge, in which university teams will compete to develop conversational agents that assist customers in completing tasks requiring multiple steps and decisions. It is the first conversational AI challenge to incorporate multimodal (voice and vision) customer experiences.
Through the Alexa Prize competition, participating universities are able to conduct research and test hypotheses with real customer interactions through their socialbots. Alexa customers have interacted with Alexa Prize socialbots via the “Alexa, let’s chat” experience and will engage with customers in a similar way with the TaskBots. The goal is always for customers to engage in live conversations and leave ratings and feedback for teams, which the teams use to evaluate and improve their systems.
Why should university students and faculty attend the Alexa Prize Roadshow?
If you have ever considered applying to the Alexa Prize this is your chance to learn more and set your team up for success. The Roadshow curriculum is designed to empower you. There will be Alexa team members on hand to help answer any technical and business questions you may have about the Alexa Prize.
How do I register?
Space is limited. Please register via Eventbrite. You’ll receive a confirmation email with additional information to prepare for the event.
Who should attend?
Any full-time student or faculty interested in learning more about the Alexa Prize.
When can I apply?
The application period will open on March 17, 2021 and close April 16. 2021. The application will be hosted here at alexaprize.com.