Amazon Web Services opens applications for $50,000 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

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Applications are open for Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, which awards up to $50,000 in AWS promotional credits towards groups that address sanitation, city planning, street maintenance, and other government challenges.

Applicants can submit to one of three categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation, and Dream Big.

While the Best Practices category targets cities that are turning to technology to solve government challenges, the Partners in Innovation category seeks startups that have deployed an innovative solution to solve a government or teaching and learning challenge. Four prizes of $25,000 in AWS promotional credits will be awarded.

The Dream Big category is open to people at the idea of stage of local government or education solutions, and will be judged based on soundness of technological solution and plan for implementation. The same amounts from the Best Practices category will be given out to the winners in this category.

AWS helps local and regional governments, schools, and districts innovate by simplifying IT workloads that they struggle with and depend on every day. Last year, the company opened its first Canada region in Montreal.

Applications are being accepted until May 12. Those interested can apply here.

Madonna Dennis

Madonna Dennis

Madonna Dennis is a staff writer at BetaKit. She’s a fourth-year journalism student interested in healthtech. She’s passionate about tight-knit teams working together, which is why she’s so fascinated by startup culture. Madonna’s hobbies include dragon boating, singing, and hosting a YouTube show about cat news.