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Announcing the 2019 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Finalists

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The sixth annual City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge opened new categories to highlight innovative customers that are driving actionable change for the benefit of constituents. The competition includes categories for constituent services, solving persistent problems, sustainability and equity, powered by AWS, dream big, and public datasets. The competition received more than 100 nominee use cases that highlighted how AWS customers are using the cloud to innovate and improve the lives of constituents.

Each of these finalists is working to improve the lives of their constituents. Learn more about past winners on the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge website, like the City of Johns Creek, who used Alexa to communicate issues throughout the city, or the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority, who was the first state-based marketplace to migrate from traditional data centers to an agile, cloud-based model using open-source code.

Congratulations to all of the finalists! View the detailed descriptions of each finalist project on the 2019 City on a Cloud Challenge Finalists website. Winners will be announced at re:Invent during the AWS Worldwide Public Sector Breakfast on Wednesday, December 4 and will receive AWS promotional credits, training, and support to use toward their projects. Stay tuned to the AWS Public Sector Blog for details on the winners.

Constituent Services:

  • Broward County Library: AWS DeepRacer cohort for artificial intelligence training
  • The Carroll School: Cognitive Programs to improve academic outcomes
  • City of Johns Creek, GA: Open data call center with Amazon Connect
  • NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity: Increase benefits screening and awareness with ACCESS NYC
  • City of Omaha: Make a tip, make a difference: Anonymous reporting for school districts
  • Minnesota IT Services (partnering with MN Department of Health): Rapid scalable response to pandemics and outbreaks

Solving Persistent Problems:

  • Tyler Technologies on behalf of Virginia’s Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation: Virginia taps data for opioid crisis response
  • West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force: Eradicate online child sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Homeless Network of Texas: Make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring
  • Community Solutions: Helping 84 communities solve homelessness
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Mayor’s Office of Homelessness Services: Innovative, equitable, effective solutions to end homelessness
  • Baltimore City Health Department: Use prediction to reduce mortality in Baltimore
  • Reliance eHealth Collaborative: Community-designed social determinants screening platform

Sustainability and Equity:

  • Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW): Expanding YH2O Youth Mentorship, benefiting underserved communities through technology
  • Face-to-Face Integrated Technologies: Change agents for Indian Child Welfare Systems
  • DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority: Empowering local organizations to serve city residents

Powered by AWS:

  • Passport: Mobility management software for municipalities
  • Atlas One: Last-mile delivery for safety data
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Space Systems Laboratory: STEM competition programming ISS satellites using AWS
  • Utility Associates: Accelerate effective response to school shooting events
  • Iteris, Inc.: ClearGuide – Actionable information for transportation safety and sensor data
  • Democracy Live: Mobile voting for 200 million US voters
  • VoiceXP and State of New Hampshire Elections: Accessible information for polling places, absentee ballots, overseas and uniformed military process, and more
  • City of Los Angeles – Information Technology Agency: Application to warn citizens of imminent earthquakes

Dream Big:

  • biLAB at New York University: Quantify human perception toward urban environments
  • St. Vrain Valley Schools: Creating the next generation of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leaders
  • City of Virginia Beach, Virginia: Open data collaborations through smart thinking
  • Minnesota IT services partnering with the Minnesota Department Of Health: Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform manual business processes
  • C2SMART, New York University: Pedestrian safety analysis leveraging large-scale NYCDOT cameras
  • Circuit Attorney Office, City of St. Louis: Early warning crime prevention and intervention app
  • City of Detroit: Smart future-focused motor city/mobility city

Public Datasets:

  • Louisville, Kentucky City Government: Dockless mobility latent demand analysis
  • City of Boston: Open data portal to solve data literacy, data transparency, and data distribution


Congrats again to all of the finalists and check back on Wednesday, December 4 to see the winners of the 2019 City on a Cloud!