City on a Cloud 2020

A competition for the dreamers, the builders, and the cities they are transforming.

Promotional Credit

The total prize pot is $240,000 in AWS Promotional Credit

Cloud expert support

Support for your projects from AWS Cloud experts

Four award categories

The AWS Quality of Life Award

The AWS Quality of Life Award

For public sector institutions running innovative projects on the cloud

The AWS Shape Your Future Award

The AWS Shape Your Future Award

For public sector institutions promoting growth and transformation

The AWS Bright Futures Award

The AWS Bright Futures Award

For private sector organizations including AWS partners, ISVs, and startups

The AWS Gamechangers Award

The AWS Gamechangers Award

For both the private and public sector

Find out soon who the finalists are

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel are bringing you City on a Cloud, a competition that recognizes the leaders who are shaping society today.

We are now closed for submissions, and you can check back after January 25th to find out who the finalists are!

Challenge theme

Since 2014, we've rewarded those who have positively impacted our communities in the City on a Cloud competition. Across different categories, we’ve helped bring to life transformational projects. We’re back for 2020, and we cannot wait to see the how you are adapting to these unprecedented times and helping your city become more resilient.

Who has joined the challenge?

Governments, nonprofits, education and healthcare institutions, as well as AWS partners, startups, and ISVs supporting these institutions or developing solutions that have a potential to impact the wider community.

Timeline

Open for submissions between September 10th – December 15th.
Finalists will be announced after January 25th, and winners after February 10th.

Rules

For the full competition rules and a list of the authorized countries, click here.

Categories and evaluation criteria

To learn more about the different categories and the criteria for evaluation, click here.

Get inspired!

In the meantime, if you'd like to find inspiration for your future cloud projects, have a look at the finalists and winners from previous years.

Get to know the judges

Calum Handforth

Calum Handforth

Advisor, Digitalisation and Smart Cities
United Nations Development Programme

Calum has a wide-ranging smart cities and digitalisation background having worked on the delivery, strategy, and management of a range of innovation projects and programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and South-East Asia. He also has worked on advising and scaling tech-driven enterprises, including startups focusing on secure networks and connectivity, digital identity, and safety and security. Calum is also Co-Chair of the Digital Infrastructure Taskforce, part of the World Economic Forum’s G20 Working Group on Smart Cities, and a Panel Member of the Mayor of London's Infrastructure Advisory Panel.

Ann Molin, Head of Hack for Earth

Ann Molin

Head of Hack for Earth

Hack for Earth

TEDx host and former head of Government mission Hack for Sweden, Ann Molin is currently head of international hackathons at the Swedish Institute. Nominated ”Corona hero of the year” for organizing Hack the Crisis Sweden, she is also founder of the Hack for Earth Foundation, hosting the global online hackathon Hack for Earth at the upcoming world exhibition in UAE 2021.
Theo Blackwell

Theo Blackwell

Chief Digital Officer

City of London

Theo was appointed in 2017 as London's first Chief Digital Officer to lead on London-wide digital transformation, data and smart city initiatives at City Hall. Since then he has developed the Smart London Together Roadmap (2018) and initiated a series of programmes to build London’s collective capability for innovation including the establishment of the London Office of Technology and Innovation, the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenges and the Connected London Programme for fibre infrastructure. Theo is currently supporting the city’s Recovery programme, developing a new London Datastore and a city-wide Charter for Emerging Technology.

Blanca Martinez de Aragon

Blanca Martinez de Aragon

Project Officer - DIGIT

European Commission

Blanca works in the European Commission (DIGIT) in the Data, Information and Knowledge Management sector. She works in projects that make use of data analytics technologies in order to extract knowledge for faster and better decision and policy-making, such as the Connecting Europe Facility Big Data Test Infrastructure offered to public administrations in Europe. She has a telecom engineer degree from Madrid (Comillas-ICAI) and a dual master in Information technologies specialized in Internet of Things from Stockholm (KTH) and Rennes (Télécom Bretagne).

Joris van Etten

Joris van Etten

Senior Urban Development Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Joris has been working with cities in over 40 countries to enhance their planning, service delivery and financial management. Currently Joris is responsible for the implementation of the ADB managed ASEAN – Australia Smart Cities Trust Fund. Furthermore Joris oversees processing and administration of all future and ongoing urban projects in Indonesia financed by ADB. He among others managed Cities Development Initiative for Asia which as a multi-donor Trust Fund assists medium-sized Asian cities to link their high priority infrastructure investments to financing. During the 2014 World Cities Summit in Singapore, Mr. Van Etten was recognized as World Cities Summit Young Leader.
Elias Arnestrand

Elias Arnestrand

Head of Future Mobility

Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley

Elias has a long experience from working in the intersection between public and private with focus on open data, open innovation and future mobility. Since 2018 he is heading the Future Mobility initiative at Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley, bridging the innovation mobility ecosystem of the Nordics with Silicon Valley.

Davor Meersman

Davor Meersman

CEO

OASC

Davor Meersman is the CEO of Open & Agile Smart Cities, a not-for-profit city network that addresses global societal challenges by uniting cities and communities around a set of Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs). OASC counts 156 cities in 31 countries and has partnerships with the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and other leading international institutions. Davor is a global change maker with more than 15 years of international experience in setting up leading infrastructures and organisations on the forefront of technological innovation.

Mohan Rao

Mohan Rao

Director, Enterprise Architecture

Innovapost

Mohan Rao has broad experience in a variety of industry verticals encompassing Insurance, Telecom, Transportation, Banking and Consulting over a span of nearly 30 years. Mohan has held a wide range of Leadership roles such as Strategy & Architecture, Project delivery and Organizational leadership within the Information Technology space.Currently, Mohan is Director, Enterprise Architecture at Innovapost. In this position, he plays the role of Architecture and Strategy advisor for the CIO of Purolator.

Gerhard Hammerschmid

Gerhard Hammerschmid

Professor of Public Management and Director

Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School of Berlin

Gerhard Hammerschmid is Professor of Public Management and Director of the Centre for Digital Governance at the Hertie School. His research and teaching is primarily in the field of public management (reform), public sector innovation, comparative public administration, and how new technologies affect government. Gerhard also serves as academic head at the Institut für den öffentlichen Sektor e.V. (www.publicgovernance.de) and is coordinator and partner of various EU-funded research projects on public sector innovation and digital government transformation. He has a solid record of public management consultancy in an international context and his research has been published in leading international public administration journals.

Kiann Stenkjær Hein

Kiann Stenkjær Hein

Managing Director of PUBLIC Denmark

PUBLIC Denmark

PUBLIC has offices in Copenhagen, London, and Berlin and helps startups and small tech companies to engage with the public sector. It is dedicated to establish a strong public-private GovTech partnership and collaboration aiming at transforming the public sector by adapting innovative ideas and new technologies when building public services. She was the former head of digitalisation and IT strategy at the Danish Ministry of Taxation, adviser at the Digital Taskforce of the Danish Ministry of Finance, and member of the Steering Committee of the Danish National Digitalisation Strategy. She has 20+ years of government experience in Denmark and international organisations including UN HQ in New York.

The award categories

2020: The award categories

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  • The AWS Quality of Life Award
  • The AWS Shape Your Future Award
  • The AWS Bright Futures Award
  • The AWS Gamechangers Award
  • The AWS Quality of Life Award
  • The AWS Quality of Life Award

    The AWS Quality of Life Award

    In this category, we’re looking for the public sector leaders who are helping their community adapt and build resiliency. Whether it’s digital government, education, justice and public safety, healthcare, charities, or nonprofit, so much incredible work has been done to keep services functioning across the world. Judges will review solutions presented for the AWS Quality of Life Award on the following criteria:

    1. Innovation: Expanding access to goods or services in an innovative way
    2. The significance of the solution to the local community
    3. Adherence to the theme and the ability to use and integrate AWS services to provide this service
    4. A proposal for a future application that will be evaluated based on criteria 1-3
  • The AWS Shape Your Future Award
  • The AWS Bright Futures Award

    The AWS Shape Your Future Award

    This award aims to celebrate projects that lead to growth and transformational thinking around the world. If your institution has created a project that has made an impact on your community, apply now. Judges will review qualified entries on the following criteria:

    1. Promoting growth and transformation by expanding access to goods or services
    2. The significance of the solution to the local community
    3. Adherence to the competition theme and the ability to integrate AWS services to provide this service
    4. A proposal for a future application that will be evaluated based on criteria 1-3
  • The AWS Bright Futures Award
  • The AWS Shapre Your Future Award

    The AWS Bright Futures Award

    The AWS Bright Futures Award is granted to a technology company that has deployed a solution or adapted in a radical way to solve a government or teaching and learning challenge. What do you imagine our future cities to look like? What characterizes the relationship between government and technology in a city of the future? Judges will review qualified entries on the following criteria:

    1. Innovation: Expanding access to goods or services in an innovative way
    2. Impact or number of users of the application
    3. Applicability and availability of the application to government, healthcare, nonprofit, and education institutions and its furtherance of the public interest
    4. A proposal for a future application that will be evaluated based on criteria 1-3
  • The AWS Gamechangers Award
  • The AWS Gamerchangers Award

    The AWS Gamechangers Award

    When powered by modern technology, bold ideas can make a major impact on communities. If you have a great idea that you would like to implement in your city, we encourage you to submit it in the AWS Gamechangers Award category. Qualified entries will be judged on the following criteria:

    1. Innovation: Expanding access to goods and services in an innovative way
    2. Feasibility of the plan for implementation
    3. The likely impact of the solution for the local community and its furtherance of the public interest
    4. Adherence to the competition theme and the integration of AWS services to provide this solution

Prizes

Up to three winners will be selected per category

Promotional Credit

$20,000 in AWS Promotional Credit

Cloud expert support

Support for your projects from AWS Cloud experts

We are closed for submissions. Check back after January 25th to find out who the finalists are!

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Previous winners

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