Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge EMEA 2020

EdTech companies design the best application of voice technology in education

Congratulations to our 2020 winners Little Bridge and Ambiently!

Little Bridge won the judges' choice award, and Ambiently won the people's choice award.

In January 2020, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge, challenging EMEA-based EdTechs to use Alexa to transform education. The six finalists below built skills to positively impact teaching practices, learning throughout life, continuing professional development, and administration and assessment processes.

Little Bridge won the judges' choice award with $50,000 in AWS Promotional Credit, and Ambiently won the people's choice award with $25,000 in AWS Promotional Credit. All other final contestants received $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credit.  

2020 Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge EMEA Event Recap

Meet the finalists

  • Ambiently
  • Classlife Education
  • LEVOOBA
  • Little Bridge
  • My School Portal
  • ZenTeach
  • Ambiently
  • Ambiently

    Ambiently is the creator of Redemption Earth, an educational adventure game to save the planet from climate catastrophe. It combines an Alexa skill with real-world activities and experiments such as analysing household waste and growing food hydroponically. The goal is to spark curiosity in young people who don’t fit well in mainstream education about how the world works.

    The skill sets a story where, in 2065, after two decades of environmental and climate devastation, what remains of humankind is evacuated from Earth. Many years later a rebel group travels back in time to try and change the course of history. Now, in 2020, they're about to be activated. Find out if you’re one of them, gain the STEM and change agent skills you’ll need, and join missions to save the planet.

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    Alexa EdTech Challenge - Ambiently
  • Classlife Education
  • Classlife Education

    Classlife reimagines the online campus experience with an all-in-one education management platform for schools and corporate learning. The Classlife global solution enables sales, finance, student information, and learning management tools to manage school activities in an easy-to-use and collaborative platform, connecting teams in a single space.

    Millions of people are involved in schools every day, building a massive amount of information, and the Classlife Alexa skill helps bring them together, giving real-time access to information for better engagement. Classlife connects staff members, teachers, students, and families by giving them a virtual personal assistant to manage every day activities. Classlife gives schools the super power of better efficiency and engagement.

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    Alexa EdTech Challenge - Classlife Education
  • LEVOOBA
  • LEVOOBA

    LEVOOBA (product of k/d media) was created to let children learn together with their school friends—even when they can’t be together. The experienced team of voice architects and didactic specialists developed a tool to help bring the classroom spirit to students' homes.

    The LEVOOBA Alexa skill is designed to help students study current school topics in a fun way with friends. No reading or writing is required. Students will learn through voice battles. LEVOOBA is also a simple tool for teachers to motivate students and review their learning progress, as study time at home is linked back to the classroom.

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    Alexa EdTech Challenge - LEVOOBA
  • Little Bridge
  • Little Bridge

    Little Bridge is disrupting English language learning by combining strong, proven, and personalised pedagogical content with a fully-moderated, age-appropriate social community. Language learned through more than 1,000 activities is put into real-world practise, as children connect with each other and make international friends.

    The words and phrases that children learn and remember are ones they really want to use. Language in the Study Buddy skill is sourced from the child’s particular learning journey in Little Bridge. Once mastered, it’s stored in their own personal Alexicon (or word bank), which is always available to help them communicate.

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    Alexa EdTech Challenge - Little Bridge
  • My School Portal
  • My School Portal

    My School Portal is a highly sophisticated communications platform used by over 150 independent schools worldwide, with over 300,000 staff, student, and parent/guardian users. Supporting many feeds, applications, and integrations, it streamlines school communications and requires just one set of login details.

    The My School Portal skill helps parents stay informed about their child’s education. By using a few words, they can find out what their child learned today, homework due soon, and any school messages. One simple skill makes the daily routine a little bit smoother.

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    Alexa EdTech Challenge - My School Portal
  • ZenTeach
  • ZenTeach

    ZenTeach helps teachers plan quality lessons. It is built on a powerful mind-mapping technology called a Knowledge Graph, which reorganizes the curriculum from basic principles to increasingly complex ones. This enables teachers to construct quality lessons in minutes.

    Quizzes are a powerful tool that help students figure out how to improve. However, setting them up is time consuming for teachers. With the question database, teachers can generate custom quizzes in minutes. The ZenTeach Alexa integration allows teachers to build quizzes quickly without a device. In the future, teachers will also be able to create lesson plans and homework with Alexa.

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    Alexa EdTech Challenge - Zen Teach

Judges' choice: Meet the judges

Our panel of education experts selected Little Bridge for the judges’ choice award. Little Bridge will receive $50,000 in AWS Promotional Credit.

Adva Levin

Adva Levin

CEO, Founder, and Alexa Champion, Pretzel Labs

Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright

Director, BESA

Eloísa Carrasco

Eloísa Carrasco 

Marketing Manager, Oxford University Press

Guy Daly

Guy Daly

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University

 Rose  Luckin

Rose Luckin

Director, UCL Educate

 Tobias  Himmerich

Tobias Himmerich

Director and Founder, EDUvation

People's choice

The people's choice votes are in and our winner is Ambiently with their skill Redemption Earth. They will receive $25,000 in AWS Promotional Credit.