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The use of technologies such as cloud is of strategic importance for local government organisations but many are still unaware of the options – including G-Cloud- and are still worried about security.

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Amazon is launching a prize fund of over £200,000 ($350,000) to the most innovative local governments and technology partners using the AWS Cloud


Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched the City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, a new global program to recognise local governments and application developers creating innovative solutions using the AWS Cloud.

From May to June 2014, AWS and a panel of worldwide experts from organisations driving local government innovation will select seven grand prize winners from among two award categories: Best Practices and Partners in Innovation.

Businesses can enter the competition for both the Best Practices Award and Partners in Innovation Award from today. Three AWS local government projects will be awarded the Best Practices Award, recognising local governments who have already adopted cloud technology, each receiving over £30,000 ($50,000) in AWS credits.

Additionally four application developers will be awarded the Partners in Innovation Award for individuals or companies engaged in creating applications that solve local government challenges, each receiving £15,000 ($25,000) in AWS credits.

But hurry, you have until May 12, 2014 to enter with AWS announcing the finalists by the end of May 2014, and the winners of the Best Practices Award and Partners in Innovation Award will be announced on June 25, 2014 at the AWS Government, Education, and Non-profits Symposium in Washington, DC.

Entries will be reviewed and considered by a panel of AWS representatives and international experts, including:

  • Dr. Mark Thompson, Strategy Director, Methods Group, and Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Cambridge Judge Business School, UK
  • Joe Dignan, Founder, Kintechi Ltd and Former Chief Analyst EMEA Public Sector, Ovum
  • Bill McCluggage, former Chief Information Officer of the Irish Government
  • Pete Reynolds, Executive Director of Innovation and the Cities Lab, Future Cities Catapult
  • Scott Case, Founding CEO Startup America; Co-Founder and CEO, Main Street Genome
  • Mayor Christopher Coleman, Mayor St. Paul, MN and President of National League of Cities
  • Ed DeSeve, Former Special Advisor to the President for Recovery Implementation
  • Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, the Aspen Institute
  • Dr. Gerald Gordon, President and CEO, Fairfax County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority
  • Dr. Glenn Ricart, Founder and CTO of US Ignite and member of Internet Hall of Fame
  • Sonal Shah, Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the first White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Bob Sofman, Co-Executive Director, Code for America

Unfortunately the completion isn’t open to every country in Europe, Amazon are only accepting entries from the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, or Israel from the European region.



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