Amazon has announced the Amazon Alexa Prize which is an annual competition designed to accelerate conversational Artificial Intelligence.
Amazon will be giving away $2.5 million in prizes and the competition is available to university’s around the world.
Today, Amazon announced the Alexa Prize, an annual university competition dedicated to accelerating the field of conversational artificial intelligence (AI). The goal of the inaugural competition is to build a “socialbot” on Alexa that will converse with people about popular topics and news events. The team with the highest-performing socialbot will win a $500,000 prize. Additionally, a prize of $1 million will be awarded to the winning team’s university if their socialbot achieves the grand challenge of conversing coherently and engagingly with humans for 20 minutes.
Teams of university students from around the world can submit applications now and the contest will conclude at AWS re:invent in November 2017, where the winners will be announced. Up to ten teams will be sponsored by Amazon and receive a $100,000 stipend, Alexa-enabled devices, free AWS services, and support from the Alexa team.
You can find out more details about the new Amazon Alexa Prize over at Amazon at the link below.