Lego Mindstorms Teams up With Amazon for an Alexa-Based Robotics Challenge With a $20,000 Grand Prize

By Shabana Arif on at

Lego Mindstorms is all about building robots and utilising Lego's EV3 software to animate and bring them to life. Now you can incorporate Alexa voice control and nab yourself a prize in the process.

The Lego Mindstorms Voice Challenge: Powered by Alexa is exactly that, giving you the opportunity to use the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit to connect to EV3 to dream up voice-powered experiences like dancing robots, and sensor-based triggers.

“Since its launch in 2013, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 has delighted its customers by delivering powerful technology in an accessible way, allowing them to learn and build an endless array of imaginative projects,” said Tom Donaldson, senior vice president, LEGO Creative Play Lab. “We feel voice is a natural way to interface with technology, and believe it will be a large part of the world of play in the future. We are excited to collaborate with Amazon and provide our creators with the tools needed to create a whole new set of experiences with our iconic products.”

The competition kicks off today, and to enter, you'll need to submit a video demonstration and code snippets. If you're aged between 13 and 17-years old, you can participate as long as you get your parents on board.

First prize is $20,000 in Amazon gift cards (around £16,000), a bunch of Lego sets, and a trip to Lego headquarters in Denmark. The winner's submission will also be displayed at the annual Lego World event in Copenhagen for ultimate bragging rights.

The first 100 submissions will receive a $150 Amazon gift card (approx £120). Five finalists will also be chosen and receive a big ol' wedge of the prize pool - the exact details haven't been outlined - and there'll be a bonus prize for Best Creation by 13-17-Year Old Creator because the majority of the submissions in that category will be blown out of the water by the large portion of adults who still enjoy dabbling with Lego presumably.

If you're interested, you can head to the competition's official website for more info.