Democratizing Information Access via Amazon’s Voice Recognition Service
Alexa Open Data Skills Challenge (with open data support from the U.S. Department of Commerce)
On Oct. 7–8, software developers and civic hackers are invited to build innovative solutions that connect open data with voice recognition. The “Alexa Skills Open Data Challenge” will be held at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
By leveraging Commerce’s extraordinary open datasets, the following scenarios are possible with data from the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Census Bureau:
Agriculture: Plan a crop harvest more effectively by understanding weather forecasts
Recreation: Plan a fishing trip or surfing recreation by understanding tide and marine conditions
Innovation: Determine which cities generated the most patents
U.S. Demographics & Economics: Ask questions related to population, median income, and more
“Our goal is to democratize access to information for citizens by enabling comfortable, familiar mediums for open, easy access. While power users and large consulting firms are comfortable getting data via an API, a larger audience simply wants to access our data seamlessly via their consumer devices in both text and voice searches.” — Justin Antonipillai, Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
To support participants, the Commerce Department will showcase its vast, open datasets and provide in-depth technical assistance through the Department’s digital service shop, Commerce Data service, along with support from bureaus like the U.S. Census Bureau.
Key collaborators for this challenge event include Open Seattle, Socrata, and the University of Washington.
Hope you're able to join us!
To learn more, please read the Commerce blog post: https:[email protected][email protected]
****************** BEFORE the Event *****************
(1) Get an Amazon developer account ---- It's free! Sign up at developer.amazon.com.
(2) Sign up for an AWS account ---- Free, but will require a credit card. Do it at aws.amazon.com/register.
(3) Download sample templates ---- An SDK and example code for building voice-enabled skills for the Amazon Echo are available at github.com/amzn/alexa-skills-kit-js.