The AWS judging panel will review eligible entries received by the contest deadline and will award the below prizes based on following the judging criteria and subject to the Official Rules:
a. A Grand Prize, will be awarded to one Grand Prize winner from each of the following 4 categories: 1. Big Data & High Performance Computing, 2. Gaming, 3. Consumer Applications, and 4. Business Applications. Each Grand Prize will be awarded at the final award ceremony in San Francisco, California on or about the month of January, 2013, and will consist of:
b. A First Prize, will be awarded to each of the Finalists, each consisting of:
c. A Second Prize, will be awarded to each of the Semi-Finalists, each consisting of:
d. General Prize Conditions: Prizes (excluding the trip to the Final Round) will be delivered up to 60 days after the winners are announced. Credit prizes from AWS for Paid Services are not cumulative; each winner will be awarded no more than 1 credit from AWS for Paid Services. For example, an entrant who, after all rounds of judging are completed, is selected as a Finalist will only receive 1 credit from AWS for Paid Services with a value of $10,000 (approximately 7,976 EUR), and will not receive a Semi-Finalist AWS credit prize of $2,000 USD (approximately 1,595 EUR) from AWS for Paid Services or the entry credit of $25 USD (approximately 19 EUR) from AWS for Paid Services. All credits awarded as prizes in the Contest must be applied to future use of the applicable Paid Services by the winners. Any unused portion of the credits will expire 3 years after the date of award. Credits are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash or applied to any other account. The mentoring sessions awarded as part of the Grand Prize must be used by January 31, 2014. ALL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH ANY PRIZE ACCEPTANCE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. All credits utilized and all other prizes awarded will be inclusive of any taxes AWS is required by law to withhold as well as applicable sales, use, gross receipts, goods and service, or similar transaction based taxes (“Transaction Taxes”). To the extent that any Paid Services are subject to Transaction Taxes, the value of the Paid Services and the Transaction Taxes will be deducted from the credits. All other taxes, costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any prize not specified in the Official Rules as being provided are the sole responsibility of the winners. IF TAXES ARE APPLICABLE TO THE PRIZE(S), IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER TO PAY TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES. We reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) for an item of comparable or greater value, at our sole discretion. Prizes are awarded without warranty of any kind from us, express or implied, without limitation. PAYMENTS TO CONTEST WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT THE WINNER SUBMIT TO AWS ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY AWS TO PERMIT COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL, LOCAL AND FOREIGN (INCLUDING PROVINCIAL) TAX REPORTING AND WITHHOLDING REQUIREMENTS. Contest winners are responsible for ensuring that the tax documentation submitted to AWS complies with all applicable tax laws and requirements. If a winner fails to provide the documentation or submits incomplete documentation, the prize may be forfeited and we may, in our sole discretion, select an alternate winner.