What payments and commerce opportunities will the sound of one’s voice unlock for people, brands and the businesses that serve them?
To answer this question, PYMNTS.com, the premier source of news and analysis on innovation in payments and commerce, is launching its 2018 Voice Challenge with Amazon Alexa. Throughout this event, we will bring together top innovative teams to develop and execute a prototype using Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, to solve problems, remove points of friction and add value to the payments and commerce ecosystem.
Teams participating in the challenge will have more than two months to develop their voice-activated payments and commerce-focused skills, receiving guidance by PYMNTS.com CEO Karen Webster and Alexa’s developer team members to help fine-tune their innovations.
The teams will unveil prototypes on March 6, 2018, during a virtual session hosted by PYMNTS.com. The session will give each team the chance to explain its work and receive feedback from a panel of payments experts.
From there, we will put all the submissions out on PYMNTS.com, allowing individuals to vote on which top five finalists will pitch their skills at our Annual Awards Ceremony in April of 2018.