Internet of Voice Challenge with Amazon and

The closing date for this competition has been extended to 31 August, so now you have even more time to create fantastic Internet of Voice projects!

Many of you have been using the Raspberry Pi as a platform for internet of things (IoT) hacking. With wired and wireless communication on board, Raspberry Pi 3 is a great platform for connecting the network, and network-accessible services, to the real world.

Where we're going, we don't need roads

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

Voice recognition can add a whole new dimension to IoT projects. We recently showed you how to connect your Raspberry Pi to Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service to build your very own homebrew clone of the Echo voice appliance. Now, in partnership with Amazon and, we’re giving you a chance to win Echo kit and Amazon gift vouchers by developing your own “internet of voice” projects with the Raspberry Pi.

I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission

I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: best use of the Alexa Skills Kit as an integral part of the project, and best use of the Alexa Voice Service. The top prizes in each category are worth $1900, and the contest runs until the start of August 31 August. Head to for more information, and good luck!


Homer Hazel avatar

There is a project called Mycroft running on Kickstarter right now that has done exactly this. It uses a Raspberry pi as the computer engine and is being developed as an alternative to Amazon Echo. I have supported it and I also have an Amazon Echo Dot that my daughter bought me for Father’s day so I will be able to compare them when Mycroft is finished and delivered.

Jason Willis avatar

Can teams compete or is it only individuals?

Alex Bate avatar

The full rules of the challenge make reference to ‘Person or Team’ so it’s worth giving them a read through. I would suggest contacting for confirmation if want it in writing.

Alex avatar

Yep, person or team :) You need to use the same email address for both your Hackster account and your Alexa skill. Both the Hackster project and the Alexa skill can have multiple users work on them, but I think the Alexa skill needs to have one “primary” author create it initially.

Cameron avatar

Either can

Ben avatar

Is it just me or does anyone else find it odd that you would be creating a Voice activated device, just to replace it with an Echo if you win? That is sort of counter-intuitive in my view.

Dean avatar

Its just you… this is for projects that can be integrated/controlled by alexa!

Adam avatar

Looks like a great challenge, building voice activated devices for everyday life.

killop avatar

All this is very well,

I do not know if I’m right
but not everyone can participate in the same conditions.

Read carefully, because AMAZON is the king of fees
and charges you to for breath.

Among other things have to sign up for the service Amazon Web Services (AWS) and not in all regions is a free trial version for 12 months ..
The Amazon AWS Free Tier applies to participating services across the following AWS regions: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and South America (Sao Paulo).

And (N. Virginia). Currently, this is the only supported region for Lambda functions used with the Alexa Skills Kit.

Alan Zhang avatar

By the way, has anyone had any luck getting skills certified for this challenge? I filed mine for certification on June 29 and still haven’t gotten a response back from Amazon (There’s been a few emails back-and-forth, but apparently it’s hard for the certification team to certify skills involving the RasPi).

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