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Amazon Alexa Challenge

Show your best application of voice technology in education for a chance to win!

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Photo by Aaron Rogosin.

Photo by Aaron Rogosin.

About the Amazon Alexa Challenge


The Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge is a new event at SXSW EDU 2020.

Open to all U.S. based Education Technology companies, this exciting competition is designed to find the best application of voice technology in education. Last summer, the competition opened with a challenge to EdTechs: submit your best ideas for an Alexa skill that address education challenges and positively impacts students, faculty, administrators or other education stakeholders.

Here are the six finalists who will showcase their new Amazon Alexa Skill before a panel of judges and a live audience for a chance to win $50,000 in AWS Promotional Credits.

Wednesday, July 10 – Application Opens
Monday, October 28 – Application Closes
March 9-12, 2020Live Challenge at SXSW EDU

Emcee & Judges

Andrew Ko, Managing Director for Global Education and Workforce at Amazon Web Services

Andrew Ko

Managing Director for Global Education and Workforce

Amazon Web Services

Laura McBain

Laura McBain

K12 Lab Co-Director


Michael B. Horn

Michael B. Horn


“Choosing College”

Preethi Rajgopal, Student at the Kelley School of Business/ Co-founder of STEM Innovators at STEM Innovators

Preethi Rajgopal

Student at the Kelley School of Business/ Co-founder of STEM Innovators

STEM Innovators

Sara Schapiro, Vice President, Education at PBS

Sara Schapiro

Vice President, Education




EDU 2020 Blast Learning
Blast Learning
Blast Learning is a memory reinforcement system designed to solve the problem of forgetting. Students learn a core concept once, and then Blast Learning reinforces the material in multiple personalized study “blasts” at timed intervals to activate the formation of durable long-term memories. Blast increases academic performance and training effectiveness.

Healthy Teen Network
Healthy Teen Network
Healthy Teen Network is a national nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of public health, human-centered design, and technology. We develop innovative educational solutions to improve the sexual health outcomes of young people.

NuMoola is an educational, family-focused consumer banking Fintech platform. Our software enables full family engagement in the financial well-being of a child through child-focused tools for personal savings, goal setting, investing, charitable giving, and gamified financial education. NuMoola’s banking and educational services create engaged customers across the entire family network.

SayKid is a voice technology company that has developed the world’s 1st screenless, play-based learning platform. By combining conversational software in the form of an Alexa-enabled plush robot, SayKid help’s kids learn in a safe, natural, and engaging way – by playing the role of teacher.

StrongMind partners with schools to build innovative digital learning solutions that address unique school challenges. With a consultative approach, engaging curriculum, leading-edge assessments, advanced reporting and analytics, and a mobile engagement engine, StrongMind supports student achievement.

VOGO Voice
VOGO Voice
VOGO Voice designs and builds unique and engaging voice skills for industries including education, civic, transportation, business, and non-profits. We do this using our voice user interface designer that allows for data integration and in-depth customization.


Capstone is a leading content creator for digital solutions, children’s books, and literacy programs for school libraries, classrooms, and at-home reading, including the award-winning PebbleGo research database and the YouChoose interactive adventure series.

SchoolBzz is the easiest way for parents to stay connected and actively engaged in their child’s education. Designed from the ground up with parents’ needs in mind, SchoolBzz consolidates many of the products used today giving families a more equitable opportunity to support their child at home.


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