LEGO® Mindstorms and Amazon Alexa roll-out voice-based robotics challenge

The LEGO Ideas team, wanted to bring this awesome contest to your attention, from Amazon! This contest, not run by us, but instead run by Amazon will put many of your skills to the test!

The LEGO Group and Amazon join forces to introduce the LEGO MINDSTORMS Voice Challenge: Powered by Alexa – an opportunity for Alexa developers, LEGO MINDSTORMS enthusiasts, and creators around the world to explore and build the future of voice-based experiences through construction and robotics play.

Since the introduction of the very first LEGO brick, people of all ages have been able to build anything they can imagine. The LEGO product line-up has continued to evolve over the years, including the introduction of branded products and others which introduced new technological capabilities. Recently, the introduction of LEGO MINDSTORMS has delivered a fundamental step-change in the ability of builders to create advanced robotics, including prosthetic arms and a life-sized pinball machine. All of these LEGO products work together to create a universal system, which now has the opportunity to go one step further through the power of Alexa.

Through this contest, you have the chance to activate your LEGO collection, and think outside the box with a new input — your own voice. Create voice-powered experiences such as an elephant that dances to music, a robot that defends its territory from invaders, or an immersive skill-based world where your creation responds to voice commands and sensor-based triggers.

How Does the Challenge Work?

Participants will build a LEGO MINDSTORMS creation that interacts with Alexa via voice using the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit. Creations will be judged on voice interaction, innovative LEGO Build, and development process. The accompanying submission package must include a video demonstration and code snippets. With parental consent, 13- to 17-year-old creators can also participate in this challenge.

What could you win?

The Grand Prize winner will receive $20,000 USD in Amazon.com Gift Cards, $700 USD in LEGO sets, and a trip for two to the LEGO Headquarters in Billund with an opportunity to showcase their creation at LEGO World in Copenhagen! However there are other prize packages too, which can be found on Amazon's blog.

The contest, being run by Amazon, will close on December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST. The full details can be found on Amazon's contest page, here: https://www.hackster.io/contests/alexa-lego-voice-challenge

We advise you to address any contest specific questions directly to Amazon on the contest page.

Good luck to everyone!