Detailed Schedule

The Challenge commences with a call for concepts for voice-enabled solutions. The Challenge will stop accepting submissions at 5 PM ET on Monday, May 22, 2017. After the open submissions period, an independent judging panel will evaluate the submitted concepts and select up to 5 finalists to receive $25,000 and 10,000 AWS credits each. All finalists will enter the Virtual Accelerator to develop their concepts into working prototypes.

The Virtual Accelerator will commence with an in-person Boot Camp at Amazon in Seattle, Washington* where experts will provide teams with guidance as they develop prototypes. At the conclusion of the Virtual Accelerator, finalists will present their iterated solution to the judges and a live audience of influencers, investors, and media on Demo Day at AWS Pop-up Loft in NYC*. After Demo Day, judges will select one winner from the pool of finalists to receive the $125,000 grand prize.

*Dates and locations subject to change

  • Call for Submissions

    April 10, 2017

    Entrants submitted concepts for voice-enabled solutions here

  • Submission Deadline

    May 22, 2017

    The Challenge stopped accepting submissions at 5 PM ET on Monday, May 22, 2017.

  • Finalists Announced

    July 2017

    5 finalists were selected by the judges to receive $25,000 each and advance to Virtual Accelerator.

  • Innovators' Boot Camp

    July 25 - July 26, 2017

    Finalists participated in a 2-day, in-person Boot Camp at Amazon in Seattle, WA*. 

  • current stage

    Virtual Accelerator

    July - September 2017

    Finalists will develop their concepts into working prototypes with coaching and mentorship.

  • Demo Day

    September 25, 2017

    Finalists will present their prototypes in-person to the judges on Demo Day at the AWS Pop-up Loft in New York City*. Finalist attendance is mandatory.

  • Winner Announced

    October 2017

    1 winner will be chosen by the judges to receive the $125,000 grand prize award.