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Amazon is giving college kids a chance to win up to $2.5 million with a voice-controlled app (AMZN)

If you're in college and have the chops to build an Alexa-based "socialbot," Amazon wants your help — so much so that the company's launching a new year-long contest for a chance to tap into a prize pool worth $2.5 million. The contest is called Alexa Prize, named after Amazon's voice-recognition technology, Alexa, which powers a number of voice-controlled devices, including its super popular speaker Echo.
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