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Introducing the Alexa Prize: $2.5 Million to Advance Conversational Artificial Intelligence

Registration is now open for universities to build a socialbot on Alexa and compete to win a $500,000 prize

An additional $1 million prize for a socialbot that achieves the grand challenge of conversing coherently and engagingly with humans for 20 minutes

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 29, 2016-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Amazon announced the Alexa Prize, an annual university competition dedicated to accelerating the field of conversational artificial intelligence (AI). The goal of the inaugural competition is to build a “socialbot” on Alexa that will converse with people about popular topics and news events. The team with the highest-performing socialbot will win a $500,000 prize. Additionally, a prize of $1 million will be awarded to the winning team’s university if their socialbot achieves the grand challenge of conversing coherently and engagingly with humans for 20 minutes.

Teams of university students can submit applications now and the contest will conclude at AWS re:invent in November 2017, where the winners will be announced. Up to ten teams will be sponsored by

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