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Last Chance for City on a Cloud Applications – Deadline is May 18

The deadline to apply for the AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge is this Friday, May 18, 2018. Submit your application(s) now!

Tell us how your organization uses the cloud to innovate on behalf of citizens. Enter for a chance to win up to $50,000 in AWS Promotional Credit to use toward a qualifying program.

Categories for applicants include:

  • Best Practices Award for existing local government or education solutions running on AWS
  • Partners in Innovation Award for local government or education applications running on AWS submitted by commercial entities
  • Dream Big Award for local government or education solutions that are still in the idea or planning stage but are intended to run on AWS
  • We Power Tech Award for organizations that primarily serve underrepresented groups (including, but not limited to, communities of low- and moderate-income populations, recent immigrants, communities of color, youth, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals)

Still looking for some inspiration?

Check out some tips and best practices from past winners as you are finalizing your application.

City of Virginia Beach, Virginia2017 Best Practices Award Winner – StormSense enhances the capability of Virginia Beach and the neighboring communities of Hampton Roads, VA, to predict coastal flooding resulting from storm surge, rain, and tides in ways that are replicable, scalable, measurable, and make a difference worldwide. The scope of the project includes the interests of coastal local governments wishing to enhance their emergency preparedness via a network of IoT-enabled water level sensors, collaborating with the hydrodynamic flood modeling and forecasting capabilities of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and their VIMS TideWatch Network. Read the blog here.

Marmion Academy2017 Dream Big Award Winner – Marmion CPARC Engineering Center is a prototype for business and education STEM collaboration. They require high performance computing, remote learning, and virtual desktop solution assets to advance this to other schools. They will begin expanding to the first outside school this fall. Read the blog here.

Appriss2016 Partners in Innovation Award – Prior to the introduction of VINE, an automated, reliable method for victims of crime to be notified of offender incarceration status did not exist. With VINE, Appriss systematized and automated the process of providing victims with information regarding offenders, enabling government agency staff to focus on their core responsibilities while allowing those affected to get timely offender information. VINE provides comfort to victims by providing them with critical information regarding their offenders. They can check the status of an offender 24/7/365 and register for automated notifications to provide extra peace of mind that comes with knowing a particular offender is incarcerated. VINE helps keep victims of crime safe and informed. Read the blog here.

Don’t miss the May 18th deadline. Apply here!