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Virtual Mentors Needed - 2021 Global Alexa Skills Challenge

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Alexa Skills Challenge 2021
Join our team!

This is our second annual AWS Global AI Challenge (taking place virtually due to COVID-19) January 9-February 27, 2021. Competing in multinational teams, female and male underrepresented college/university students and entrepreneurs from over 14 different countries (ages 18+) will work to explore global issues and learn to build an innovative Amazon Alexa Skill that addresses one of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. This program is not just about learning to build on AWS, it is about learning to work in teams, solve complex problems, cross collaborate, synthesize information, developing leadership skills and most importantly meet new international friends and have fun learning. The program is about upskilling students with 21st century workforce skills.

Expected Mentor Outcomes/Measurement
Learning support
Guidance on career path/what the future of work looks like
Soft skills for jobs
A complete Alexa Skill solution

For example: "Philip did not know any of the software applications that we used at the AI Challenge. After the Challenge, Philip can confidently use them now, improved his communication skills, and gained new leadership skills. Philip also has a better idea of the career he is best suited for and interested in pursuing. Philip now has bragging rights to say he has used the most in-demand cloud and AI services to develop an innovative Amazon Alexa Skill."

(13) Additional Mentors Needed:
We are expecting up to 40 total student teams (5 participants on each team), with each team assigned a mentor. We currently have 7 mentors and would like to invite 13 additional mentors to join us. Each mentor will be assigned 2 teams in the time zone of their choice.


Alexa Skills Program Dates:

  • Saturdays Jan 9 - Feb 13, 8:00am - 9:55am PST | 5:00pm - 6:55pm WAT
  • Students will have an additional 2 weeks to work with their team and mentor to complete and submit projects.

Final Project Submissions Due:

  • Saturday Feb 27, 2021 at 11:00am PST | 8:00pm WAT


Mentor Office Hours:

  • Saturdays 10:00am -11:55am PST | 7:00pm - 8:55pm WAT

Please plan to schedule a required weekly meeting with each of your teams during the above office hours, or otherwise schedule with your teams.

Do I have to have Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience and AI skills to volunteer?

No, these skills are not required, but certainly are a plus. Experience with any of the following preferred: cloud, AWS, Alexa, voice, data science, AI/ML, IoT. You will be working directly with student teams of computer science majors or students who are interested in computer science, so you will likely be asked technical questions. We will have a lead mentor to escalate questions or issues to, if needed.

Either way you will learn through participating with the students, and we expect you to become familiar with building an Alexa Skill prior to working with assigned student teams. Learn more here: https://developer.amazon.com/en-US/docs/alexa/ask-overviews/build-skills-with-the-alexa-skills-kit.html

The most important skill or requirement is the desire to help students learn and motivate them to be successful. You will come away with new skills such as learning the basics of AWS and how to build an Alexa Skill that you can apply them in the workforce. Our program incorporates a variety of team building activities that support our goal to engage students to work collaboratively. The result is that by volunteering you will benefit from the experience and come away with valuable skills.

The program will be held virtually, on Microsoft Teams. Each volunteer will receive a Microsoft account for the duration of the program along with basic training to follow along with the students.

We need 13 Mentors confirmed as soon as possible, so that we can schedule a brief online training with you. If you can commit to the above schedule and would like to volunteer for the mentor opportunity, reach out to our team at mentor@edequity.global

Please include in your email:

* What country are you located in? * What country or time zones do want to mentor a group of students in?

To learn more about the program please visit our website at http://edequity.global
To view the program schedule please visit https://www.edequity.global/programs/global-ai-challenge/

Thank you for supporting our global initiative!

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About We Connect The Dots


1025 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and educate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers. Through a collaboration with the community, education, government and the technology industry, WCTD provides awareness and education of the 21st Century workforce skills, as well as the opportunities available to students embracing STEAM careers. Impacting students at a local, national and global level, our programs create a hunger for learning that empowers students to find their own paths to success.


The skills needed to succeed in todays complicated work environments challenge employers to find the resources with the right skills to be successful. We Connect The Dots will provide the necessary work skills needed for students to build strong careers in STEAM roles. By engaging in a partnership with communities, industry leaders, students and teachers, we will reduce the number of jobs that are filled by students outside the US. Creating a greater awareness to parents and students of the career possibilities and the skills necessary to succeed. Through an accelerated program and project based learning students will gain the experience that matches todays real world careers.

Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy


Sat Jan 30, 2021 - Sat Feb 27, 2021
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM  


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Mentoring
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • STEM




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors must be available for the schedule outlined in the description. Each mentor will be assigned 2 teams (of up 5 students each) and are required to meet with them weekly on Sat or otherwise scheduled.

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