AWS expands cloud challenge to include schools

AWS City on a Cloud Challenge now includes school districts

Up to $50,000 in promotional credits from Amazon Web Services is up for grabs for local or regional governments or school districts that have innovative cloud-based ideas. This is the first year that the challenge will be accepting applications from school districts.

Governments and school districts can apply in three categories: The Best Practices award recognizes implementations that benefit citizens or students and solves a government challenge; Partners in Innovation looks for innovative solutions to solve a government or teaching and learning challenge; and the Dream Big award provides AWS credits to help a government or school district start technology projects that are considered “big ideas.”

For each award, winners will be chosen for large and small cities and school districts.

Last year’s winners included the District of Columbia, which moved its health benefit exchange to the cloud and re-architected the website using open source technology. Boston won for its data warehouse and analytics stack that enabled research into transportation, crashes and mobility.

“Through the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, we’ve watched our customers take action on an idea, grow a program to better serve their citizens, and raise the bar on what is possible when they dream big,” AWS Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector Teresa Carlson said. “This year, we are excited to add school districts to the challenge, as we’ve seen some innovative uses of the cloud and want to recognize these pioneers around the world.”

Applications are due May 12.

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