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,, 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 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 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, allowing individuals to vote on which top five finalists will pitch their skills at our Annual Awards Ceremony in April of 2018.

The Schedule

  • Voice Challenge Launch Event with Amazon: January 9, 2018

  • Virtual Event — Alexa Skill Preview: March 21, 2018

  • Public Voting Opens: March 21, 2018

  • Winners Announced: April 3, 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.