After months of hard work from Alexa developers around the world, the Alexa Skill Challenge: Multimodal has concluded. The challenge invited developers to build Alexa multimodal skills using the Alexa Presentation Language (APL) that provide rich and engaging customer experience across devices. Last week, we held our final judging event to determine the grand prize winner from the 10 finalists selected, as well as the bonus prize winners.
What Developers Said about APL and the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal
Thank you again to everyone who participated and worked hard to submit an entry to this challenge. We really appreciate your passion and hard work. As part of the process, we loved hearing about your APL skill building experience and feedback. Here’s what developers had to say about APL and the challenge.
Rich and Engaging Customer Experience: “APL will continue to bring us more rich and interactive features that customers love and have come to expect. Pairing voice, visuals, and touch can only really be done at scale and with an audience by developing for Alexa”, said Ben Ursu, the developer of Fork On the Road.
Creative Freedom: “APL excites me because it provides more context that you can add. APL gives developers lots of freedom to create visuals for voice games and this can make voice games more approachable for users that are new to the concept”, said Cameron Sheedy, the developer of Crazy Conversation.
Collaborative Alexa Developer Community: “I really like APL as it’s easy to understand and work with. I would really like to give a shout out to the Alexa developer community for always being there to help each other, including me many times when I needed it!”, said Stuart Pocklington, the developer of Loop It.
Congratulations to All the Winners!
“Loop It! takes advantage of the amazing Alexa Presentation Language to show visuals on multimodal devices and lets customers interact with the skill either by voice or touch. I focused heavily on a voice first experience, and APL allowed me to add the icing onto the cake. Loop It! is a one of a kind skill but I believe there’s huge untapped potential in music creation on Alexa” says Stuart Pocklington, the developer of Loop It.
Bonus Prize - Best Multimodal Living Room experience ($3,000 USD) -Crazy Conversations (watch the submission video, try the skill): You will be given a clue that sounds like nonsense and you need to figure out what it is trying to say.
Bonus Prize - Best Multimodal Kitchen experience ($3,000 USD) - Fork On the Road (watch the submission video, try the skill): You can add up to four things for the fork to choose from, and the fork will help you make a decision.
Bonus Prize - Best Multimodal Bedtime experience ($3,000 USD) -Story Stream: Binge-worthy Bedtime Stories (watch the submission video, try the skill): You can listen to immersive stories before going to bed.
Bonus Prize - Best Multimodal Kids Skill experience ($3,000 USD) - Kids Karaoke (watch the submission video, try the skill): You can play familiar tunes from your childhood and play them on a karaoke mode to sing along with family and friends.
Bonus Prize - Best Multimodal Experience Integrating In-Skill Purchases ($3,000 USD) - Guess my name! (watch the submission video, try the skill): It’s a guessing game and you are given a series of clues in a certain category.
Bonus Prize - France Store ($3,000) - My Spanish Friend (watch the submission video, try the skill): You can learn Spanish by answering the requests of a fictitious Spanish prince. He does not speak English, but the skill gives you the contextual information you need.
Bonus Prize - Australia Store ($3,000) - Deadly Questions (watch the submission video, try the skill): You can learn from Aboriginal Victorians about their history and how it affects their lives today.
Bonus Prize - Italy Store ($3,000) - Le fiabe di Nonno Merlino (watch the submission video, try the skill): An ancient wizard called Grandpa Merlin reads traditional fairy tales, and you can interact with the plot.
Try the Winning Skills and Get Inspired
When you get a chance, try the winning skills and see how they used APL to create rich and engaging voice-first multimodal experiences. As always, share your APL feedback and questions on the Alexa developer forum and make sure add the "APL" topic to your post.
Source: Alexa Developer Blog