AWS offers $250k in Prizes for 2nd Annual "City on a Cloud" Competition

Image Attribution: Flickr

Local governments are starting to realize the benefits of moving their IT operations into the cloud. Amazon Web Services’ City on a Cloud competition awards cities for their innovations in cloud computing.
Every city has unique challenges that can often be solved with a little bit of ingenuity. The AWS City on a Cloud project helps local governments jumpstart their cloud innovations by offering up a hefty prize.
This year’s City on a Cloud marks the 2nd time that Amazon has hosted this competition. Cities all across the world are encouraged to submit their ideas on how they can use the cloud to become better stewards for the citizens in their city. Amazon is encouraging cities to submit projects that pertain to:

  • City Planning
  • Sanitation
  • Parks
  • Voting
  • Street Maintenance
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Transportation & Route Planning
  • Job Creation
  • Air Transportation
  • Open Data
  • Utility Monitoring
  • Public Websites
  • Public Safety & Police
  • Healthcare
  • Sensor Monitoring
  • Archiving

In last year’s City on a Cloud competition, Amazon awarded the cities of Asheville, San Francisco and New York City the top spots in the competition.
Amazon Vice President Teresa Carlson mentions, “The winners of last years City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge included local governments forecasting crime using machine learning, enhancing air traveler experience with Internet of Things data, and making data more accessible to developers and researchers all made possible by the AWS Cloud.”
Carlson adds, “Were looking forward to this years City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge and seeing how local governments are using the cloud in transformative ways.”
Amazon says that it is accepting entries for the City on a Cloud competition until August 21st 2015. AWS will award three cities within the following categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation and Dream Big. Send your ideas and innovations to City on a Cloud today.