Additional Resources

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

Included below are resources available to entrants in the Challenge. Use of these resources is optional, but encouraged.

Note: All links are provided for informational purposes only.

Healthcare & Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. The Challenge is most interested in solutions designed to support those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The period following diagnosis is often an overwhelming time when lifestyle changes and extensive information must be integrated into a new diabetes self-management practice.

Healthcare Basics 

Diabetes Background

Type 2 Experience

Diabetes Management

Meet Alexa


  • Alexa. The voice service that powers Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice.
  • Voice-enabled technology. Any technology that leverages the unique capabilities created by a voice interface.
  • Alexa’s supporting technology. The software, databases, web services, hardware, or additional cloud and non-cloud based tools with which Alexa interfaces to perform her various tasks.  
  • Skills. Capabilities that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of Alexa skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more.

Alexa and Supporting Technology

Developer Tools

Building a Skill

Alexa’s Technical Limitations and Data Privacy

Future of Voice



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