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Publish Alexa Skills through 2018 to receive a T-shirt and/or receive a 2-pack of Echo Buttons and/or a chance to receive an Echo Spot

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Got skills? Bring your big idea to life with Alexa and reap the benefits. U.S. developers can now participate in a milestone-based promotion to thank you for creating engaging skills that help make Alexa even smarter. Developers have from now until the end of 2018 to achieve each of the milestones.

Build Your First Alexa Skill: Get started with the Alexa Skills Kit. Publish your first Alexa skill and earn a custom Alexa developer t-shirt. Log in to the developer portal and start building your first skill today.

Build a Multimodal Experience: Publish a skill for Alexa-enabled devices with screens, like Echo Show or Echo Spot, using at least one template. Attract 50 unique customers per month for the first three months after publication and earn an Echo Spot. Learn more about building voice-first experiences for devices with screens here.

Build a Skill with the Gadgets Skill API: Turn an Alexa device into a hub for interactive play. Publish a skill using the Gadgets Skill API and earn a 2-pack of Echo Buttons. Learn more about the Gadgets Skill API to get started.



Apply to each milestone once you meet all the qualifications. Use our templates to get started quickly, then build the skill of your daydreams. Once you publish your skills, don't forget to promote your skills to increase usage so you can earn the sustained engagement promotion. To increase engagement, distribute your skill globally to reach users worldwide who've configured their Alexa-enabled devices to use a language that your skill supports. See terms and conditions below the form. Please note: You may only apply to Alexa promotions in the country you physically reside in even if you publish your skill to other locales.

If you're not in the US, check out our other promotions or preview programs in the UK, Germany, Japan, France, Australia, Italy, Spain, Canada, and India to see if your country of residence is included.

Need more information? Read our FAQ.

https://developer.amazon.com/alex...-promotion

Now Amazon has three simultaneous Alexa skill developer promotions that run through the end of the year.

Amazon sells the 2-pack of Echo Buttons for $20, and the Echo Spot for $130.

The last (and only) time Amazon offered a free Echo Spot in a U.S. skill developer promotion was in April, when you had to get 1000 unique customers in the first 30 days. This time, you just need to get 50 customers a month for 3 months, but the skill has to be for devices with screens, which may limit the audience (though you may be able to use skills for screens in the Alexa and Amazon Android and iOS apps.)

Currently, Amazon seems to list only 50 Alexa skills that use Echo Buttons. All but one appear to be games. I couldn't tell from the listing what the non-game uses an Echo Button for.
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I did a handful of these when it was just a different t-shirt every month. Their templates really did make it quite simple.
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Nice! Definitely getting in on this, have a couple good ideas already
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I created a game called Escape Jurassic Island to learn how to create Alexa skills about a year ago. It can be very simple or complex depending on the templates used and functionality. Definitely a fun experience and the free echo was a nice perk.
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They'd get a lot more people building skills if developers could easily monetize them.
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does it require a certain # of skill uses or just "trying" good enough?
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Thanks. submitted a skill that reads financial news about certain stocks, which updates every hour.

Looking forward to my tshirt Big Grin
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did these before, if you use the template it only takes like thirty minutes, though make sure you follow their requirements when submitting it for approval, as they are strict about that.
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Got 3 echo dots, 2 echos with edu account and 1 backpack using template in the past.
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And/or absolutely nothing
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I created a game called Escape Jurassic Island to learn how to create Alexa skills about a year ago. It can be very simple or complex depending on the templates used and functionality. Definitely a fun experience and the free echo was a nice perk.
My grandkids love that game. It cracks them up.
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does it require a certain # of skill uses or just "trying" good enough?
Only the promo where you can get a free Echo Spot. That requires 50 unique customers a month for three months. For some reason, it also says that you have to use one of their templates, which seems strange, because you think they'd also accept skills built from scratch.
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They'd get a lot more people building skills if developers could easily monetize them.
I don't know how easy it is, but now anyone can publish skills that charge money.
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My grandkids love that game. It cracks them up.
Thanks @roaddog500! Glad they like it Smilie
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