AWS City on a Cloud Challenge 2020

The winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners! We’d like to thank you all for sharing your stories with us, and for allowing us to be a part of your journey.

Read on below to find out how the winners are planning to improve life in our communities through their innovative cloud projects and check out our blog post for more details.

  • 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
  • For public sector institutions running innovative projects on the cloud

    Praekelt.org - South Africa

    COVID-19 revealed that most countries were unequipped to communicate with their population. Praekelt.org used Turn.io to develop a solution to empower citizens with accurate, direct-from-government information. It also created a suite of tools that when used together, addressed the needs of the population, government, and healthcare professionals, on a country-wide scale. HealthAlert is a verified WhatsApp helpline with automated responses and direction to key information sources. HealthWorkerAlert is dedicated to help frontline health workers get up-to-date, ministry-approved information and psychological support. And HealthCheck is a digital risk assessment and mapping tool that allows for early detection, mapping, and management of COVID-19 cases via Whatsapp and USSD. These services were so successful when deployed in South Africa that they were taken up by the World Health Organization (WHO). To date, these services have reached over 21 million people in over 20 languages.


    Transport for West Midlands - United Kingdom

    With the West Midlands facing an air quality crisis, Birmingham received a UK government mandate to create a clean Air Zone. This introduced a need to monitor congestion but instead of starting from scratch, Transport for West Midlands saw the opportunity to repurpose Automatic Number Plate Recognition data that was being captured by West Midlands Police. They didn’t use ninety-nine percent of this data in crime prevention, but it was filled with information such as engine type and classification, perfect for building a clearer picture on the effects that congestion had on air quality. Using Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Athena, and Amazon Neptune, Transport for West Midlands use metrics from nearly 4.5 million records a day to provide near real-time analytics and forecasting for the highway network. This repurposing of available data to a 24/7 live feed reduced costs by 75 percent while increasing the amount of data from a sample size of one week per year. It currently has over 700 users across the West Midland Local Authorities with an ambition to make the data available to the public and academic institutions.


    Imperial College London - United Kingdom

    The REDASA project aims to establish a data-driven, precision methodology for the real-time analysis of scientific impact and for live data synthesis of biomedical and clinical data. Or, put simply, a method to effectively combine, analyse, and validate real-time medical data from multiple sources to provide a holistic approach to tackling a single health issue. Deployed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this method of data analysis allows healthcare workers to gleam insights in a new way by taking a broader view of all the available information and then using these learnings to more effectively develop new policies, medicines, and programs. This collaboration between Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, AWS, Mirrorweb, and Cloudwick Technologies has brought about one of the largest COVID-19 datasets in the world and reduced the time needed for expert peer review. It has an international curator community spanning nine countries and 300 medical and surgical healthcare users.

  • The AWS Shape Your Future Award
  • For public sector institutions promoting growth and transformation

    University of Wollongong - Australia

    ArkiCity and arki_nopoly are putting citizens first and allowing them to engage around the planning and redesign of their cities through smartphone apps and gamification. The ArkiCity app merges a top down and bottom up approach, allowing users to take a picture of their city then customise and upload it to gather ideas of city improvement into a single place and form a digital town meeting. They are bridging the gap between citizens and decision makers while also giving them a unique and fun way to get invested in the process.
    Arki_nopoly is a digital board game designed to bring together stakeholders and citizens to tackle the big decisions in urban development. Presenting the complexities of urban planning in an easy-to-digest manner, the board game aims to familiarise users with their local surroundings to help them better understand the potentials and challenges. A set of questions sit around a board that represents a specific place or area. Through answering these questions, the player learns about the area before they come up with their own design solutions based on everything they have just learned. The platform effectively gives them a research task and garners their insights, all in the familiar form of a board game. In a recent case, this game collected over 200 comments from 25 stakeholders in just two hours.


    Dear South Africa - South Africa

    Dear South Africa is a nonprofit that helps citizens co-form policy at all levels of government. Taking the form of online participation platforms, social media communities and high-traffic websites, they act as a link between government and society. In just two years, over 800,000 active public participants, as well as multiple levels of government, participated. The organization has been key in facilitating public participation in various successful campaigns. They aim to create database management systems, reporting systems, customer relationship management integration, and other integrated technology systems to make their participation platforms available to all South Africans.


    Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Chihuahua - Mexico

    This educational platform helps students from K12 learn the basics of computer science using Karel the robot, C/C++, and python. The platform creates educational content that helps teachers and students alike learn programming languages. Currently, they have around 500 active users and their goal is to grow their userbase through new video content and exercises.

  • The AWS Bright Futures Award
  • For private sector organizations including AWS partners, ISVs, and startups

    Dozee - India

    Dozee is India’s only contactless health monitor and allows for continuous remote monitoring for patients, healthcare professionals, and patient’s family members. This is accessible through an app or full dashboard and is especially useful for high-risk patients, such as those suffering from heart disease. This could dramatically reduce the burden on healthcare systems. To date, they’ve already saved over 70 lives through early prediction of medical conditions, and they currently provide health monitoring at five percent of the cost of hospital devices.


    Valerann - Israel

    By leveraging both existing camera feeds and proprietary on-road IoT sensors, Valerann can provide unprecedented visibility of road events in real time. They can track every vehicle within 10 centimetres, as well as leveraging machine learning (ML) to identify risks or events before they become critical. This data granularity also has uses at vehicle level and for road users in things like autonomous vehicles. Valerann currently operates on five major roads across the globe and senses over 1 million vehicles daily. It reduces traffic management cost by $1.2 million per kilometer and decreases accident response time by 33 percent.


    Netatech - Singapore

    CrowdfarmX connects smallholder farmers to high-end consumers in Singapore. The platform provides a multitude of services including decentralised micro-financing for farmers, optimised supply chain services, and a state-of-the-art, IoT-enabled farming protocol on the AWS Cloud. It also implements cloud-powered, smart-farming technologies like high-tech greenhouses, automatic precision micro-drip irrigation, fertigation systems, microclimate sensors, weather station integration, and wavelength manipulating nanofilms. This not only dramatically improves food yield and quality but removes the technical barriers to farmers accessing consumers all over Singapore. In turn, this provides stable income for farmers along with high quality, pesticide free produce. All of it can be controlled and monitored from production to fulfillment. Netatech also used its water management expertise to harvest and treat rainwater to be reused in agriculture.

  • The AWS Gamechangers Award
  • For both the private and public sector

    Graffiquo - Singapore

    Seven typhoons hit Cauayan City in 2019. This affected hundreds of households and caused massive production losses in rice and corn. A lot of this damage can be attributed to the insufficiency of early warning systems, and in particular, a lack of a map and monitor for the most at-risk areas. At the start of 2020, Cauayan City, through its partnership with Smart Cities Network and with the assistance of Graffiquo, was able to create the first Integrated Digital Twin System for disaster resiliency. The Integrated Digital Twin project is a system that contains a 3D digital map of flood-prone areas of Cauayan City, Philippines. A 3D digital map generates an interactive display of the most flooding prone areas. Using AI solutions and data analytics, they can provide accurate city profiling of land area, infrastructure, bridges, houses, and population density without needing to physically visit. It can also accurately predict where and when flooding will occur by monitoring things like soil erosion and river height. This two-pronged approach allows them to predict floods before they happen, as well as accurately predict the possible damage caused, and how emergency services respond. This not only saves lives in terms of immediate flooding response but also dramatically increases quality of life, as they can act before the event actually occurs.

    Project StepOne Trust - India

    Project Stepone is a nonprofit, volunteer-led initiative that augments government COVID-19 response resources by allowing volunteers with the required background and skills to work remotely and directly into government systems. They can help solve issues like staff shortages, delays in training and onboarding, and creating a system that can shrink or grow in line with government capacity. They have already facilitated over 1 million tele-consultations and mental health counselling sessions for citizens via volunteer health professionals and are estimated to have prevented over 500,000 new infections while monitoring nearly 150,000 COVID positive patients every day.

    3D Repo - United Kingdom

    3D Repo developed PlanBase in partnership with the Greater London Authority to allow members of the public to review and comment on proposed developments in their local area. Doing away with traditional 2D drawings and complicated blocks of text, this new 3D modelling system allows the general public to clearly see proposed developments directly in their web browser. This leads them to be more involved and feel more informed as their community changes around them.

The finalists

Click on each of the categories below to find out who the finalists are 

  • 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
  • For public sector institutions running innovative projects on the cloud

    Idea Foundation - United Kingdom

    The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award or iDEA, allows users of any skill level or age to access bite-size educational modules on digital skills at no cost on any internet-enabled device. Users collect badges for completing these modules and can trade them in to receive industry-recognised awards, enhancing their CV and helping them stand out during employment opportunities. Since iDEA launched in 2017, over 1 million learners, ranging from ages 6 to 93, have achieved almost 100,000 awards.


    Praekelt.org - South Africa

    COVID-19 revealed that most countries were unequipped to communicate with their population. Praekelt.org used Turn.io to develop a solution to empower citizens with accurate, direct-from-government information. It also created a suite of tools that when used together, addressed the needs of the population, government, and healthcare professionals, on a country-wide scale. HealthAlert is a verified WhatsApp helpline with automated responses and direction to key information sources. HealthWorkerAlert is dedicated to help frontline health workers get up-to-date, ministry-approved information and psychological support. And HealthCheck is a digital risk assessment and mapping tool that allows for early detection, mapping, and management of COVID-19 cases via Whatsapp and USSD. These services were so successful when deployed in South Africa that they were taken up by the World Health Organization (WHO). To date, these services have reached over 21 million people in over 20 languages.

    The Rumie Initiative - Canada

    Employment rates are reaching a record low during COVID-19. With young people, low skilled workers, part timers, and ethnic minorities most affected by the slump in hiring opportunities. Rumie helps people who want to re-skill or upskill, with an innovative micro-learning platform to get them back on their feet. Rumie-Learn is a data-driven library of 6-8 minute interactive working modules or Bytes™ designed for mobile that you can view from any web-enabled device. These modules are 20 percent more effective than traditional elearning, and the content comes from subject matter experts, leading nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners. It’s free, open to everyone, and Rumie-Build allows volunteers to work individually or in groups to create more Bytes™. They currently reach approximately 100,000 learners with the aim to reach 10 million within the coming years.

    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Singapore

    Monitoring urban sound quality is important for public health but can be intrusive thanks to the pervasiveness of using video cameras. NTU Singapore solved this problem by creating a cloud-connected, edge-intelligent noise sensor that can catalogue and classify urban noise sources. It is able to identify the source, direction, and any abnormal sound events using metadata. Big data analysis is carried out over cloud storage and analytic and visualization tools to allow the government to better understand and coordinate their response, saving time, money, and manpower. Ultimately, this solves noise complaints, provides non-intrusive surveillance, and leads to the development of noise mitigation strategies and soundscape enhancement.


    Transport for West Midlands - United Kingdom

    With the West Midlands facing an air quality crisis, Birmingham received a UK government mandate to create a clean Air Zone. This introduced a need to monitor congestion but instead of starting from scratch, Transport for West Midlands saw the opportunity to repurpose Automatic Number Plate Recognition data that was being captured by West Midlands Police. They didn’t use ninety-nine percent of this data in crime prevention, but it was filled with information such as engine type and classification, perfect for building a clearer picture on the effects that congestion had on air quality. Using Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Athena, and Amazon Neptune, Transport for West Midlands use metrics from nearly 4.5 million records a day to provide near real-time analytics and forecasting for the highway network. This repurposing of available data to a 24/7 live feed reduced costs by 75 percent while increasing the amount of data from a sample size of one week per year. It currently has over 700 users across the West Midland Local Authorities with an ambition to make the data available to the public and academic institutions.


    Imperial College London - United Kingdom

    The REDASA project aims to establish a data-driven, precision methodology for the real-time analysis of scientific impact and for live data synthesis of biomedical and clinical data. Or, put simply, a method to effectively combine, analyse, and validate real-time medical data from multiple sources to provide a holistic approach to tackling a single health issue. Deployed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this method of data analysis allows healthcare workers to gleam insights in a new way by taking a broader view of all the available information and then using these learnings to more effectively develop new policies, medicines, and programs. This collaboration between Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, AWS, Mirrorweb, and Cloudwick Technologies has brought about one of the largest COVID-19 datasets in the world and reduced the time needed for expert peer review. It has an international curator community spanning nine countries and 300 medical and surgical healthcare users.

    Ayuntamiento de Madrid - Spain

    Ayuntamiento de Madrid is revolutionising search by implementing natural language processing as opposed to the traditional computer interface. Allowing people to search and be served results by voice is more natural for the user and also allows data to be sifted according to more than just keywords by taking into account every word spoken. The current prototype could be deployed 24/7 to give urban planning information services, delivering results in simple spoken chunks that can be expanded upon at the user's discretion or received via email with the corresponding documents. Early tests have already reduced the time required for citizens to receive their information by 80 percent.

    London Borough Hackney - United Kingdom

    London Borough of Hackney had an overwhelming number of requests for help from their most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 lockdown, particularly the over 70s, pregnant women, and those with health issues. Leveraging numerous AWS services and platform APIs, they created and deployed multiple solutions, some of which took as little as four days to build. By creating platform APIs, they reduced the time and cost needed for other services to be developed. They also focused on reliable cloud infrastructure with data migration from on premises to a cloud environment, increasing data and service availability, aiming to reach an availability of 99.99999 percent. Over 1,200 households have used the services for things like food and medicine. The data captured will be used to help plan future infrastructure changes. Specific results include a reduced delivery schedule generation from six hours to a few seconds, reduced development time due to existing platform APIs, reduced number of staff needed to process requests, adherence to needed security with high availability of application, and a reduction of duplicate form handling of 95 percent.


    Ministry of Justice, Office of the Public Guardian Digital  - United Kingdom

    In the event that somebody does not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their finances or wellbeing, lasting power of attorney (LPA) allows a nominated person or attorney to make decisions on their behalf. There are currently over 4 million LPAs registered in England and Wales. In cases like this, speed is often of the essence, but to use LPA, third-parties like banks need to see a 20+ page document outlining the agreement. Between these third-parties, the person with LPA, and the attorneys, this single document has to be mailed multiple times at great expense and at the risk of being lost. The Use LPA service allows users to create a secure, single account and grant different organisations access to the LPA documents by generating a secure one-time key. Multiple keys can be generated, with each key having the ability to be traced, catalogued, and canceled, and notify the user if it has been used or not. The service reduces costs, time of registration, the risk of loss, and the emotional stress of dealing with a single paper document.


    European Football for Development Network - Netherlands

    The Healthy Football League looks to gamify getting active by tying physical activities to fans’ already rampant support of their local football clubs. This mobile app tackles obesity, inactivity, and social isolation by awarding points to users when they walk, run, or cycle. However, these points are not just accrued on a personal level. Instead, it also becomes part of a giant tally tied to the users supported football club, essentially turning exercising into a giant club supporting competition. These points are calculated using the users BMI, steps, calories burned, and distance covered. A club can be crowned the overall combined victor, and top performing individuals also receive prizes. It is currently being tested with six clubs, and upon launch will be used by over 100 professional football clubs in over 30 countries.

  • The AWS Shape Your Future Award
  • For public sector institutions promoting growth and transformation

    Open Government Products - Singapore

    The Singaporean government needed a method to provide accurate, up to date information direct to its population. With social gatherings on pause, there was a need to stop the rise of digital misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Postman.gov.sg solved this with an omnichannel, cloud-based service that initially allowed the Ministry of Communications to mass broadcast information directly to WhatsApp. This was used to communicate things like case numbers and changing social distancing rules. At its peak, the Whatsapp initiative had over 1 million subscribers and over 3 million daily announcements. This was so successful that they adapted their service to work in a more modular, user-friendly way. Multiple different agencies adopted Postman, which facilitated critical information such as COVID-19 test results and new employment opportunities. It became the official communication tool for the Ministry of Health’s quarantine order program. It has proven invaluable in the COVD-19 response and is currently used by over 90 agencies and over 800 users. Over 1.3 million messages have been sent since May 2020.


    Algonquin College, Social Innovation Lab - Canada

    Peer review is the backbone of evidence-based medicine. However, with thousands of publications needing review, the process is slow at best. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated over 80,000 publications in the last year, and at the current rate of peer review, researchers are generating evidence at a faster rate than they can process. InsightScope harnesses crowd sourcing for systematic reviews in healthcare, therefore creating a single online platform for researchers to have their findings reviewed by citizen scientists, medical students, and others. Over 380 users have already completed over 275,000 assessments on 66 projects. This provides an invaluable service that helps get best practice medicines and treatments to patients quicker than ever. In some cases, they accelerated reviews that would have taken months and years into only days and weeks. It also has applications in updating reviews, as there are often not enough skilled practitioners to do it themselves. And in the case of COVID-19, they helped review key PPE questions in a matter of weeks.

    International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) - United Kingdom

    Road crashes disproportionately affect young people and are the leading killer of people aged five to 29 worldwide. The main contributing factors are unsafe road conditions near schools and the natural vulnerability of children. An estimated 500 children will die on the roads every day, and more than 10,000 will suffer life changing injuries. To help combat this by providing evidence to policy makers and by giving young people a say in exactly where they feel most at risk, this project leveraged the long established, evidence-based platform iRAP Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) program. This project will combine multiple distinct parts to form a complete picture. It will source big data analysis, with telematics, and satellite data for multiple schools across Vietnam through artificial intelligence (AI) and big data partners, verified through previously collected SR4S results. Schools will be allocated a specific risk score based on available data. A dedicated youth engagement app will be developed to allow youths to report where they feel unsafe and catalogue exactly where and what the problem is. A detailed SR4S project will be established to directly engage youth, conduct detailed assessment of highest risk sites, and maximize local community engagement. Finally, all of this will be combined into a single citizen portal interface, giving everyone their say, and bringing decision makers and young people together to create a safer environment.

    University of Wollongong - Australia

    ArkiCity and arki_nopoly are putting citizens first and allowing them to engage around the planning and redesign of their cities through smartphone apps and gamification. The ArkiCity app merges a top down and bottom up approach, allowing users to take a picture of their city then customise and upload it to gather ideas of city improvement into a single place and form a digital town meeting. They are bridging the gap between citizens and decision makers while also giving them a unique and fun way to get invested in the process.
    Arki_nopoly is a digital board game designed to bring together stakeholders and citizens to tackle the big decisions in urban development. Presenting the complexities of urban planning in an easy-to-digest manner, the board game aims to familiarise users with their local surroundings to help them better understand the potentials and challenges. A set of questions sit around a board that represents a specific place or area. Through answering these questions, the player learns about the area before they come up with their own design solutions based on everything they have just learned. The platform effectively gives them a research task and garners their insights, all in the familiar form of a board game. In a recent case, this game collected over 200 comments from 25 stakeholders in just two hours.


    TRL Software - United Kingdom

    Over 350 towns and cities globally already use Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technic (SCOOT) 7, developed by TRL Software. It coordinates traffic signals for a large area at a centralised location, in turn minimising the impact of stops for road users. SCOOT Urban Traffic Control (UTC) optimises traffic flow and reduces congestion and pollution. Using a cloud-native UTC, it continually manages the road network, making small, often unnoticeable changes to green splits and cycle time. This has a typical delay reduction of 15 percent and allowed prioritisation of different types of traffic, emissions, and pedestrians.


    Dear South Africa - South Africa

    Dear South Africa is a nonprofit that helps citizens co-form policy at all levels of government. Taking the form of online participation platforms, social media communities and high-traffic websites, they act as a link between government and society. In just two years, over 800,000 active public participants, as well as multiple levels of government, participated. The organization has been key in facilitating public participation in various successful campaigns. They aim to create database management systems, reporting systems, customer relationship management integration, and other integrated technology systems to make their participation platforms available to all South Africans.

    The University of Melbourne - Australia

    The University of Melbourne embraced various types of digital technologies to better operate their campus. This improved student satisfaction along with overall efficiency and reduced running costs. By centralising all of their data, they can compete within a seriously competitive university landscape while also maintaining business resiliency. SmartCampus apps are managing everything from energy use to the flow of people. IoT sensors control anything from smart rat traps to toilets, bins, and lights, all feeding into data driven cleaning apps, which allows staff to quickly act on data. Building management system (BMS) data has already saved them nearly $300,000 in site visits alone. And all this data will be made available to future students, encouraging an entirely new wave of campus innovation and transformation.

    ASEAN Foundation - Indonesia

    ASEAN data science explorers aim to equip students with digital skills through competition and an enablement session. The competition invites students from all different territories to submit data-driven proposals around ASEAN sustainable development goals, such as wellbeing and economic growth. The enablement session is a training programme designed to increase digital capacity for youth in ASEAN and create digital skills equality between 10 ASEAN member states. Since 2017, 16,309 students and 1,420 lecturers have been trained or engaged through the program. This led to an increased awareness of the importance of data analytics skills and multiple new data scientist hiring at some of the biggest ASEAN companies.


    Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Chihuahua - Mexico

    This educational platform helps students from K12 learn the basics of computer science using Karel the robot, C/C++, and python. The platform creates educational content that helps teachers and students alike learn programming languages. Currently, they have around 500 active users and their goal is to grow their userbase through new video content and exercises.

    Multimedia University - Malaysia

    This application works both for reliable skill-based talent searching and as an e‑learning portal. It allows learners to earn blockchain stored badges for finishing different tasks on a comprehensive self-learning roadmap. In turn, the app allows prospective employers to search by the specific talents. All earned badges are stored within a blockchain database, so Multimedia University can guarantee that a prospective employee learned real skills.

  • The AWS Bright Futures Award
  • For private sector organizations including AWS partners, ISVs, and startups

    Hello Lamp Post - United Kingdom

    What if you could text an inanimate object? Hello Lamp Post is a playful engagement platform that allows communities to engage in dialogue with objects around their environment and give anonymous feedback to local decisions-makers by directly sending an SMS to the object in question. As a transition away from traditional engagement platforms, this AI engagement tool creates unique text message-based conversations about everything from disseminating interesting local information to an instant way to share feedback on how communities can improve. Initially launched at the North Head Sanctuary in Manly, 11 key sites have already seen over 1,500 interactions, more than 700 conversations, and 600+ players interacting with the platform. Hello Lamp Post is now available in over 25 cities around the world.

    iOpt - United Kingdom

    Councils and housing associations manage so many properties across such vast distances that it is often difficult or impractical to have regular contact with tenants. This, combined with rising costs, shrinking teams, and declining budgets, has caused access to be at an all-time low. This trend leads to a rise in preventable damage such as mold and damp, which devalues properties and seriously affects tenant health. iOpt Assets solves these issues with a simple idea. They install a series of sensors across a client’s stock, detecting things like mold along with heat and fuel poverty, hosting all the data in the AWS Cloud. Evidence shows that ROI can be as high as 500 percent for housing providers, and they recently won a contract for 2,500 homes across Scotland.


    Mismatica Management - Chile

    The Citymis community applications ecosystem uses digital signature, RESTful integration, and blockchain notarisation to make data transparent and help prevent misuse of resources. This allows the digitisation of multiple traditionally complex procedures such as bureaucratic records, licences of commerce, building constructions, municipal works, social care, traffic tickets, grants, alcohol licences, and more. All provided as a software as a service (SaaS) solution and accessible to anyone using the unified citizens desktop. They currently have 50,000 unique visits a month from citizens, with nearly 2,800 public service members’ entering data or performing back office tasks.

    CitySynergy - Portugal

    What’s the point in having a city filled with smart buildings and services if they only operate smartly within their own small silos? CitySynergy acts like a city-wide operating system, combining the capacity to define work processes with abilities to integrate, correlate and visualise data. Integrating vertical domains, Internet of Things (IoT), and city applications to measure, correlate, and predict events in real time. Hosted in the AWS Cloud, CitySynergy includes command centre dashboards so users can easily act and view all of this real-time data. It offers an executive dashboard view to support data-driven decision making and mobile management applications for working in the field. Users could scale this technology to any city or large organisation to help save costs through efficiencies gained via predictive operational management.

    Dozee - India

    Dozee is India’s only contactless health monitor and allows for continuous remote monitoring for patients, healthcare professionals, and patient’s family members. This is accessible through an app or full dashboard and is especially useful for high-risk patients, such as those suffering from heart disease. This could dramatically reduce the burden on healthcare systems. To date, they’ve already saved over 70 lives through early prediction of medical conditions, and they currently provide health monitoring at five percent of the cost of hospital devices.


    Valerann - Israel

    By leveraging both existing camera feeds and proprietary on-road IoT sensors, Valerann can provide unprecedented visibility of road events in real time. They can track every vehicle within 10 centimetres, as well as leveraging machine learning (ML) to identify risks or events before they become critical. This data granularity also has uses at vehicle level and for road users in things like autonomous vehicles. Valerann currently operates on five major roads across the globe and senses over 1 million vehicles daily. It reduces traffic management cost by $1.2 million per kilometer and decreases accident response time by 33 percent.

    KooBits - Singapore

    KooBits is a Singapore-based online learning portal for math, and it provides global solutions for remote learning. It’s filled with age appropriate and on syllabus learning content, designed in partnership with top educators and child development experts. Amplified with AI and big data, they deliver personalised and more efficient educational programs that empower children with internet access to reach self-guided learning. It currently has 200,000 subscribers across the globe, all actively learning on their own.

    SpaceAge Labs Singapore - Singapore

    In countries like Singapore, millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on cutting grass across thousands of municipal locations. The problem is, how do you know that the job is being done properly? SpaceAge Labs partnered with the Singapore National Parks Board to deploy a new real time IoT monitoring platform named TRIM. It allows municipal land owners to remotely monitor the quality of the job done using proprietary sensors, low power wireless technology, and data science. This solution serves both contractors and land owners alike. The Singapore National Parks Board estimating a $3 million annual saving from just $0.5m of investment in TRIM. After a successful trial, the Singapore National Parks Board mandated the use of this solution.


    Netatech - Singapore

    CrowdfarmX connects smallholder farmers to high-end consumers in Singapore. The platform provides a multitude of services including decentralised micro-financing for farmers, optimised supply chain services, and a state-of-the-art, IoT-enabled farming protocol on the AWS Cloud. It also implements cloud-powered, smart-farming technologies like high-tech greenhouses, automatic precision micro-drip irrigation, fertigation systems, microclimate sensors, weather station integration, and wavelength manipulating nanofilms. This not only dramatically improves food yield and quality but removes the technical barriers to farmers accessing consumers all over Singapore. In turn, this provides stable income for farmers along with high quality, pesticide free produce. All of it can be controlled and monitored from production to fulfillment. Netatech also used its water management expertise to harvest and treat rainwater to be reused in agriculture.

    StoreGene - United Kingdom

    StoreGene specialises in assessing an individual's 10-year risk of developing a range of cardiovascular diseases and provides a genetic-based cardiovascular risk profiling service through physician consultation. StoreGene’s Genome-Wide Intelligence System (G-WIS) enables the rapid translation of genetic discoveries across a wide spectrum of diseases, and it builds a bridge from genomicists to clinicians, where genomicists can design clinical genetic reports and clinicians can request these reports for their patients in just one click, reducing reporting costs by 75%.

  • The AWS Gamechangers Award
  • For both the private and public sector

    OurLoop Stichting - Netherlands

    Loop is a free, independent feedback monitoring system that allows users to instantly and safely share anonymous feedback on the humanitarian and development aid that they have received. As well as sharing their own thoughts and having the option of chatting directly with their provider in question, users can also see feedback for any other aid provider that uses the service. This helps increase trust, accessibility, and accountability. On the providers end, they can analyse trends to compliment other monitoring or evaluation findings and view real-time data for quick course correction. Although there are many uses for this kind of technology, we’ve seen interest in developing a safe, reliable option for reporting sexual exploitation and abuse.

    Graffiquo - Singapore

    Seven typhoons hit Cauayan City in 2019. This affected hundreds of households and caused massive production losses in rice and corn. A lot of this damage can be attributed to the insufficiency of early warning systems, and in particular, a lack of a map and monitor for the most at-risk areas. At the start of 2020, Cauayan City, through its partnership with Smart Cities Network and with the assistance of Graffiquo, was able to create the first Integrated Digital Twin System for disaster resiliency. The Integrated Digital Twin project is a system that contains a 3D digital map of flood-prone areas of Cauayan City, Philippines. A 3D digital map generates an interactive display of the most flooding prone areas. Using AI solutions and data analytics, they can provide accurate city profiling of land area, infrastructure, bridges, houses, and population density without needing to physically visit. It can also accurately predict where and when flooding will occur by monitoring things like soil erosion and river height. This two-pronged approach allows them to predict floods before they happen, as well as accurately predict the possible damage caused, and how emergency services respond. This not only saves lives in terms of immediate flooding response but also dramatically increases quality of life, as they can act before the event actually occurs.

    Project StepOne Trust - India

    Project Stepone is a nonprofit, volunteer-led initiative that augments government COVID-19 response resources by allowing volunteers with the required background and skills to work remotely and directly into government systems. They can help solve issues like staff shortages, delays in training and onboarding, and creating a system that can shrink or grow in line with government capacity. They have already facilitated over 1 million tele-consultations and mental health counselling sessions for citizens via volunteer health professionals and are estimated to have prevented over 500,000 new infections while monitoring nearly 150,000 COVID positive patients every day.

    Bigmate - Australia

    Tracking and monitoring fires is a complex task in itself. In Canberra, this complexity is multiplied by the fact that it needs to be done across an extremely varied environment and from helicopter mounted cameras with limited bandwidth. New specialist intelligence gathering allows incident management teams to receive high quality live video and infrared feeds in real time, along with fire line and hot spot information. Fast, efficient data processing means that they can quickly adapt to both changes in incident and the needs of local fire teams and get data that is interoperable with other jurisdictions when needed. Hundreds of users have used the service to date, and they achieved a comparable reduction in costs of approximately 30 percent and a 50 percent reduction in upfront capital expenditure.

    EYEX - Mexico

    A large problem within the healthcare systems of marginalised communities is that even if they do have access to internet enabled medical facilities, they still might not have access to the specialised healthcare professionals needed to operate machinery and interpret results. In Latin America, there are only 2.2 certified radiologists for every 100,000 inhabitants. So EYEX is now serving this huge gap between supply and demand by training an algorithm with chest X-Ray (CXR) interpretations, a task usually undertaken by radiologists. They provide fast interpretations in 90 minutes for less than $1 through their telemedicine platform. In parallel, they are building an annotated dataset in order to train their AI models to assess different disease severity. This works 64 times faster than current CXR interpretations and detected COVID-19 and 13 other pathogens with 75-95 percent accuracy.

    3D Repo - United Kingdom

    3D Repo developed PlanBase in partnership with the Greater London Authority to allow members of the public to review and comment on proposed developments in their local area. Doing away with traditional 2D drawings and complicated blocks of text, this new 3D modelling system allows the general public to clearly see proposed developments directly in their web browser. This leads them to be more involved and feel more informed as their community changes around them.

    Bow Valley College - Canada

    By using blockchain and the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) protocol, this application will provide visibility for COVID-19 vaccine treatments. It tracks and traces vaccine administration to provide a better picture of vaccine effectiveness when measured against things like age, gender, ethnicity and region.


    Eri 2 Eri - United Kingdom

    People can also be brought together to communicate in the cloud, not only datasets and smart objects. This application allows Eritrean nationals who are often isolated, both online and geographically, to communicate and interact in dedicated online spaces. This allows them to share vital information and learnings to grow as a connected culture, along with dating, offering or consuming different services, community outreach, and forming other trust-based relationships. This enterprise-class niche social networking platform’s apps and websites will connect Eritreans everywhere through scalable AWS Cloud solutions and infrastructure. Including an enterprise-class learning management system (LMS) platform, the platform lists directory services prepopulated with off grid community data.

    Civica - United Kingdom

    COVID-19 will continue to stretch care budgets, especially affecting the growing elderly population across the United Kingdom (UK). However, an ageing population also means that there is a growing number of retired individuals free to help. Civica’s proposed solution addresses the huge need for skilled individuals to help in all different aspects of the government’s COVID-19 response by connecting volunteers with the services that they could best aid. It provides fast vetting and legal checks before matching local volunteers with vulnerable people in local care networks. Then, using IoT sensors and wearables, it manages alert systems to notify volunteers when vulnerable people might need their help. It also enables Alexa support for voice requests and quicker escalation of volunteer’s findings into the wider social care and health departments. This solution also populates social health dashboards with information that is viewable by patients, next of kin, doctors, and other members of the social support networks.

    Fund Social Good - South Africa

    This team is currently funding two different apps. One helps victims of gender-based violence get access to services like legal advice, shelter, counselling, and skills development. The other uses ML and AI to track diabetes patients’ insulin intake to predict exactly how much insulin they should take in the future, all based on what they are going to eat.

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