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Replit Summer Hackathon!
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TheDrone7

Henlo fellow replers! Today I am glad to announce another epic hackathon - The Replit Summer Hackathon!

What would you be building? Why of course, An Alexa skill!

But I don't have an Alexa-enabled device...

Who cares!? Amazon provides you with an online simulator (or a downloadable app for phones) to test out your very own Alexa skills.

Maybe I don't know how to make one?

We got you! Check out @SorenAtReplit's tutorial on how to build Alexa skills on replit!!

And what are the rules?

  1. It should be a working Alexa skill.
  2. It should be hosted on replit

That's cool and all but what is the judging criteria

The submissions will be judged according to how useful they are and well... how creative you were with it. Basically, make something that makes people's lives easier and do it in a fun/creative way!

I built one, how do I submit it?

You can submit all your skills on this website, be sure to also post it to apps with the tag #alexa. The deadline for submission is August 31 at 11:59 PT.

By the way, it has already started so you can start creating one like right now.

PRIZES!

Yes, the ultimate piece of motivating people to participate are the prizes, and we got em too.

There will be 20 Alexa units being given out to the participants (this includes echo dots, Echo frames, Echo show, etc.)

The top 3 also receive a cash prize!

1st place receives $3000, 2nd place receives $2000 and 3rd place receives $1000.


The judging will commence during the first week of September and the results will be announced anytime during the second week of September.

If you have more questions, DM Søren on Twitter!

Happy Hacking!

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Whippingdot

First 20 will get an alexa or number 1 will get 20 alexas (wut)

Also if you live somewhere else how will you deliver the alexas

CodingElf66

@Whippingdot Uhh they can't ensure that exactly 20 participants will enter lol. I think they mean top, or maybe they judge it from a different view. I don't know

TheDrone7

@Whippingdot top 20, yes.

TheDrone7

@Whippingdot as for delivery, Amazon delivers worldwide.

Whippingdot

O lol

Also if we are all under 18 how will you give us the money - to our parents right? @TheDrone7

TheDrone7

@Whippingdot you don't need to be 18, you only need to be 13. And luckily, we have the same age restriction as well.

Whippingdot

O wut? You need to be 13 to get money...welp kk @TheDrone7

CodingElf66

@TheDrone7 Oh then I can't win the prizes because I'm 11 but can I be eligible to receive the Alexa prizes (not money) if I get onto the Top 20?

QuickV

So if you're not 13, could their parents just recieve the money instead :thonk: @TheDrone7

TravisRaney1

@Whippingdot I already got an alexa echo dot

Whippingdot

i got 7 alexas in my house ;| i don't know if i need another one lol @TravisRaney1

TravisRaney1
CodingElf66

@Whippingdot That's a lot! They can do all sorts of things, they're like your bot! Amazing... if you have 7 rooms you don't even need to flip the lights on you can just tell Alexa to lol. And you can also play 7 games at once lol.

Whippingdot

bruh you need hue lights in every room to turn off and on the lights

that is an extra cost and costs so much lol @CodingElf66

elipie

@CodingElf66 your not supposed to be on replit if your lower than 13, and much less enter a jam with cash prizes.

TheDrone7

@elipie I have contacted their parents and they have assured me that they will be taking full responsibility and will closely supervise their activity, so they're good to go.

Whippingdot

O QUICK REPLY MOD @TheDrone7

TravisRaney1

@Whippingdot you don't mind helping me out on the movie story please?

Whippingdot

wut in the wurld is a movie story @TravisRaney1

TravisRaney1

@Whippingdot did you even went to my team repl?

TravisRaney1

@Whippingdot hey you ok?

TravisRaney1
UltimatePython

So we need to publish it onto Alexa Skills? Or can it just be here? Somehow I don't know how to, I don't know why. Help?

UltimatePython

So we post it on Apps with the tag #alexa ?

TheDrone7

@UltimatePython filling out the form on the website is important as well.

UltimatePython

@TheDrone7 What website?

TheDrone7

@UltimatePython https://alexa-submission-site.sorenatreplit.repl.co/ it literally says that in the post itself. Please read more carefully.

UltimatePython
UltimatePython

@TheDrone7 Can I post a Snake Game I've been working on for the past month as my submission or no?

TheDrone7

@UltimatePython depends, did you make it as an Alexa skill?

UltimatePython

@TheDrone7 Wdym by that? Alexa skill?

UltimatePython

@TheDrone7 Do I go to https://developer.amazon.com and create the skill? I'm very confused

CodingElf66

How do I post it TheDrone7? I'm using an education account, so unfortunately for me, I cannot use Replit Apps. And since our other Minscroft computer broke a month ago, I can't contact Soren using my Gmail account. And, looks like using an education account I can't access Twitter, either. What do I do?

IntellectualGuy

@TheDrone7 Whenever I try to post something on apps it says that I am using an education account, how can I get that changed?

CodingElf66

And I can't email Soren on Twitter because I don't have a twitter account and my school district banned it anyways

ArtyEevee

so basically, i code something i want echo to do? i only know python. is it supposed to be like the idea or the actual skill?

TheDrone7

@ArtyEevee it's supposed to be the actual skill.

ArtyEevee

@TheDrone7 aw crud i cant make an echo skill on python

Aivoybia

what if i win top 20 but I don't want alexa cuz i have 6 already around my house

TheDrone7

@Aivoybia you get a 7th one. Just give it to a friend or something lol?

Aivoybia

@TheDrone7 i aint got any friends.... :( I'm serious

TheDrone7

@Aivoybia I suppose this is your cue to make some

Aivoybia

@TheDrone7 i cant. in school nobody social distances I cant talk to anyone and I feel like nobody knows I exist unless I say something

QuickV

I cant talk to anyone

Why not?

I feel like nobody knows I exist unless I say something

Everyone knows you exist, and if they don't, then talk to them more, make some friends!

Or if you don't want to be their friend, at least play or code with them or smthn.

@Aivoybia

Wumi4

Wait, where is the app or website that I can use to test my Alexa skill?

Edit: I found the app, but it seems like it's only for Apple devices.

DynamicSquid

@youngboyfanpeter Try to be a little more nice here, thanks :)