The Challenge Voice
Welcome to the official blog of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge. Read the latest news and announcements and go behind-the-scenes with the Challenge team.

Blog Post

April 10, 2017
Ready, Set, Submit!
Interested in entering? Submissions are due by 5:00 PM ET on May 22, 2017

Today, submissions opened for the $250,000 Alexa Diabetes Challenge, sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A. and supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Challenge calls on innovators to create Alexa voice-enabled solutions to improve the lives of those with type 2 diabetes.

As voice technology continues to transform the way we live, could it shift from helping manage playlists to helping manage disease? This Challenge presents innovators with a unique opportunity to utilize the capabilities of Alexa to improve the experience of those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Up to five finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges to each receive $25,000 in cash and 10,000 AWS credits. They will advance to the Virtual Accelerator, where they will receive expert mentorship as they develop their concepts into solutions. At the end of this phase, finalists will present their solutions at a live Demo Day, and compete for the $125,000 grand prize.

Interested in entering? Submissions are due by 5:00 PM ET on May 22, 2017.

To learn more, join our informational webinar on April 19th, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET. During the webinar, we will give an in-depth overview of the Challenge and discuss the experience of people living with type 2 diabetes. Dario Rivera, Healthcare and Life Sciences Solutions Architect at AWS, will also review what is considered an Alexa-enabled solution. We’ll host a Q&A session at the end, so come with your questions ready!

We hope you will be a part of this pioneering work in voice technology.