Apply for the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

AWS helps businesses, nonprofit organizations, local and regional governments, schools, and districts innovate by simplifying IT workloads that they struggle with and depend on every day, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Content Management Systems (CMS), Open Data portals, teaching and learning solutions, and more. All of these applications run on AWS and make it easier for governments and schools to deliver services to their customers, citizens, and students.

Through our City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, AWS recognizes local and regional governments, private and public schools and districts, and organizations that serve the public sector as hubs of innovation in six categories: Constituent Services Award, Solving Persistent Problems Award, Sustainability and Equity Award, Powered by AWS Award, Dream Big Award, and Public Dataset Award. Winners are eligible to receive AWS Promotional Credit, Unrestricted Financial Support, and Training Credit to start or continue their projects. Need ideas? View past finalists and winners on the left of this page. 

Read the complete 2019 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge eligibility requirements and rules here.

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2019 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

Enter from September 9, 2019 to November 1, 2019

AWS hosts impactful solutions that specifically address issues for constituents through justice and public safety, elections, transportation, health and human services, digital government, and K12 education. Constituent services encompass all non-legislative activities that are carried out by public officials. These services are the most frequent and important touchpoint between officials and their communities. The Constituent Service Award will be granted to a government leader or a school or district who has deployed an innovative solution that expands access to constituent services or public goods in their community. Solutions presented will be judged on the following criteria: (a) presents a solution that expands constituent access to goods and/or services; (b) the significance of the solution to the local community; and (c) ability to use and integrate AWS services to provide this service.

Prizes:

Large City (over 250,000)

  • Up to $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $20,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers

Small/Medium City (under 250,000) $25,000 in AWS Promotional Credits

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

Large School or District (over 35,000) $50,000 in AWS Promotional Credits

  • Up to $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $20,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers

Small/Medium School or District (under 35,000) $25,000 in AWS Promotional Credits

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

Enter from September 9, 2019 to November 1, 2019

Solving widespread, persistent problems in the United States, like homelessness, opioid addiction, and youth underemployment, requires data-driven strategy and innovation. Public officials across the country seek inventive, yet scalable methods to redress these issues. The Solving Persistent Problems Award will be granted to a government leader, an authorized representative of a non-profit organization or school or district who has deployed an innovative solution to a specific problem in their community. Qualified entries will be judged on (a) the understanding and presentation of an ongoing problem in a particular community; (b) the significance of the solution to the community impacted by the particular problem, (c) the scalability of this solution to affect others impacted by the problem; and (d) the use and integration of AWS services in the solution.

Prizes:

Large City (over 250,000) up to two winners

  • Up to $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $20,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers

Small/Medium City (under 250,000) up to two winners

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

Large School or District (over 35,000) up to two winners

  • Up to $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $20,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers

Small/Medium School or District (under 35,000) Credits up to two winners

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

Enter from September 9, 2019 to November 1, 2019

The Sustainability & Equity Award will be granted to a technology company who primarily serves underrepresented groups (including, but not limited to, communities of low to moderate income populations, recent immigrants, communities of color, youth, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals) in regards to sustainability. The winner of the Sustainability & Equity Award will have deployed an innovative solution to help a business, nonprofit organization, government, or educational institution address a challenge that involves environmental justice of an underrepresented group.

All qualified entries in the Sustainability & Equity will be judged using the following criteria: (a) expansion of citizen services, local government functions, or services to diverse or underrepresented communities; (b) demonstrable impact of the solution for the local community, real or likely, and (c) the use and integration of AWS services in the solution.

Prizes: (up to four winners will be awarded)

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

 

Enter from September 9, 2019 to November 1, 2019

What do you imagine our future cities to look like? What characterizes the relationship between government and technology in a so-called “smart city”? The Powered by AWS Award will be granted to a technology company who has deployed an innovative solution to solve a government or teaching and learning challenge. Qualified entries will be judged on the following criteria: (a) uniqueness of the application; (b) number and type of users of the application; (c) applicability and availability of the application to governments of different size and scope and in different regions; and (d) availability on the AWS Marketplace within 2020.

Prizes: (up to four winners will be awarded)

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

 

Enter from September 9, 2019 to November 1, 2019

When powered by modern technology, innovative ideas can make a major impact on communities. If you have a great idea that you would like to implement in your city or school, we encourage you to submit it in the Dream Big Award Category. Qualified entries will be judged on the following criteria: (a) soundness of technological solution; (b) plan for implementation; and (c) the likely impact of the solution for the local community.

Prizes:

Large City (over 250,000) up to two winners

  • Up to $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $20,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers

Small/Medium City (under 250,000) up to two winners

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

Large School or District (over 35,000) up to two winners

  • Up to $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $20,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to five AWS Training Services Vouchers

Small/Medium School or District (under 35,000) Credits up to two winners

  • Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Up to $10,000 in Unrestricted Financial Support
  • Up to three AWS Training Services Vouchers

Enter from September 9, 2019 to November 1, 2019

For over a year, the AWS Public Dataset program has collaborated with AWS customers to explore ways to make data easier to access and use in the cloud. The AWS Public Dataset Awards is our way of recognizing those who have accelerated research and innovation by sharing data and providing remarkable documentation, community support, and educational materials. Qualified entries will be judged on the following criteria: (a) remarkable efforts to support and expand a dataset's user community; (b) innovation in data science methods and enabled breakthrough research; (c) exceptionally clear and thorough dataset documentation; (d) dedication to help introduce new people to data science.

Prizes: One will be awarded for each of the following:

  • Best Documentation Up to $5,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Best Community Engagement Up to $5,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Best Tutorial Up to $5,000 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Best Overall Dataset Up to $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credits