Commerce Goes Better With ... Voice

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, 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.

Challenge participants who join prior to Nov. 17, 2017, will receive a firsthand look at the new set of payment-focused Alexa skills to be unveiled at the AWS re:Invent conference running from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Additionally, onsite participants will receive a private session with Alexa developers outlining highlights of these new skills and what they can unlock. They will be among the first to use these new Alexa capabilities to power unique skills, bringing payments to life in a plethora of use cases spanning a wide variety of devices.

The Schedule

  • Participant Workshop at AWS re:Invent: November 28, 2017

  • Amazon Alexa Skill Mentorship Begins: December 4, 2017

  • Virtual Event — Alexa Skill Preview: March 6, 2018

  • Public Voting Opens: March 6, 2018

  • Winners Announced at Annual Awards Ceremony: March 2018

Submit Your Idea To Enter The 2018 PYMNTS Voice Challenge with Amazon Alexa:

Want to help Amazon – and Alexa – chart entirely new commerce waters? Here’s your chance.

The 2018 PYMNTS Voice Challenge with Amazon Alexa: is looking for comprehensive solutions that use the Alexa voice technology to help wring the complexity out of the path to purchase experience.