AWS launches the ‘City on a Cloud Challenge’

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), announced last week its second City on a Cloud Challenge. This challenge offers $250,000 in cloud credits to innovative civic computing projects.
The contest was launched for the first time last year. It “is designed to recognize local or regional governments (alongside developers) that are pushing the cloud forward in innovative ways,” the company stated in a blog last week.
The grand prize winners last year were the New York City Department of Transportation and the City of Asheville. The winners compete for the Best Practices and Partners in Innovation awards.
AWS states on its challenge site that “Through our Cloud Innovation Challenge, local and regional governments are recognized as hubs of innovation, driving technological solutions to improve citizens’ lives.”
Technology such as Geographical Information Systems, Content Management Systems (CMS), Open Data portals, and others are key components to successful entries.
Last year’s winners were focused on sustainable streets and disaster recovery, crime/risk mapping, and many other topics.
All entries must be received by August 21. After September’s finalists have been chosen, the winners will be announced at October’s AWS reInvent conference in Las Vegas. These are the rules.