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Fourth Annual ‘City on a Cloud’ Challenge Includes School Districts

New York Public Library

New York Public Library


Connecting state and local government leaders

Amazon Web Services is upping the ante on its cloud-based tools and services innovation competition for local governments and their tech partners..

K-12 school districts have been added to the list of local and regional governing bodies vying for up to $50,000 in Amazon Web Services credits in the fourth annual City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.

The challenge recognizes cutting-edge cloud-based tools and services developed by local governments or their technology partners in three categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation and Dream Big.

Previous winners include Los Angeles and Chicago, in the Dream Big category, which uses an open-source platform to provide real-time weather, transportation and code enforcement updates. The New York Public Library, a previous Best Practices winner, makes 677,496 items in its map, media, art and manuscript collections available vie the cloud.

“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,” said Teresa Carlson, AWS worldwide public sector vice president, in this week’s announcement. “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.”

AWS credits help winners further their smart city, connectivity or sustainability visions. The deadline for applications is May 12.

Winners will be announced at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C., June 12-14.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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