AWS Opens Second Global “City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge”

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the call for entries for the second “City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge,” a global program to recognize local and regional governments and developers that are innovating for the benefit of citizens using the AWS Cloud.

AWS and a panel of worldwide experts will award a total of $250,000 in AWS credits to eight grand prize winners from three award categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation, and Dream Big, a new category that will recognize the best ideas for a cloud innovation, and award credits for its implementation.

“We’re looking forward to see how local governments are using the cloud in transformative ways,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, AWS.

All City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge entries must include AWS cloud computing services – either implemented or proposed, depending on the category. Entries must be received no later than August 21, 2015, and will be judged based on one or more criteria that may include the impact of the solution, likelihood of long-term success, implementation of AWS cloud services, and the potential to help other local governments solve similar challenges.

“All around the world, local and regional governments are using the AWS Cloud to innovate and meet their mission,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, AWS. “The winners of last year’s City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge included local governments forecasting crime using machine learning, enhancing air traveler experience with Internet of Things data, and making data more accessible to developers and researchers – all made possible by the AWS Cloud. We’re looking forward to this year’s City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge and seeing how local governments are using the cloud in transformative ways.”

City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge finalists will be announced in September 2015, and the winners will be announced on October 7, 2015, at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas. To learn more about the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, visit

Entries will be reviewed and considered by a panel of some or all of the following AWS cloud representatives and international experts:

  • aws-cloudScott Case, Co-founder and CEO, Main Street Genome
  • Ed DeSeve, Former Special Advisor to the President for Recovery Implementation
  • Bert Jarreau, Chief Innovation Officer, National Association of Counties
  • Bill McCluggage, former CIO, the Irish Government
  • Glenn Ricart, Founder and CTO of US Ignite and member of Internet Hall of Fame
  • Cordell Schachter, CTO, New York City Department of Transportation
  • Suresh Thalluri, CTO, Str LLC
  • Mark Thompson, Strategy Director, Methods Group, and Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Cambridge Judge Business School, UK
  • Mike Wynne, GIS Business Analyst, City and County of San Francisco
  • Jonathan Feldman, CIO, North Carolina
  • Jim Pizzuto, Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware
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