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A total of 19 local and regional governments and school districts were celebrated at Amazon Web Service's annual summit.
Across the world, local, state and federal government agencies are using the latest techniques and technology to better serve their citizens. From safety services, to utilities, to health, governments are thinking out of the box and embracing the cloud. Each year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) seeks out the most innovative governments ideas and solutions to honor in their City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.
Winners are selected in three categories. The “Best Practices” category looks for school districts and governments who use the cloud to solve a complicated or technical challenge. Technology partners who partner with governments and districts are honored with the “Partners in Innovation” award. Lastly, exciting and inventive government and district ideas that are yet to be implemented are awarded in the “Dream Big” category. Winners received AWS credits to help implement and continue their innovative ideas. At this year's summit, which took place on June 13th and 14th in Washington, D.C., a total of 19 local and regional governments and school districts were celebrated.
In the Best Practices category, the City of Virginia Beach used AWS to create StormSense, a system used to predict coastal flooding and enhance preparedness. Transport for London was honored for building LondonWorks 2, which tracks all the roadwork in the city to create a complete picture of the cities 500,000 annual roadworks for service providers. The Solodev and Seminole Public Schools utilized AWS to build new K-12 websites that streamlined operations, saving money. The Lawrence Police Department used AWS to upgrade their big data storage and analytics for video collected by officers. Finally, Minnesota’s Intermediate School District 287 used the AWS Cloud to build an affordable storage and management system for digital resources.
Partners in Innovation awardees included France’s Anthemis Technologies, who were recognized for developing an application that provides firefighters with location, building structure and personal details for victims trapped in fires. Partnering with the Government of New Brunswick, Canada’s Blue Spurs created an interactive starter kit that helps students understand the internet of Things. In the United States, LearnZillion turned K12 curriculum into an interactive, cloud-based service. Tolemi used AWS to build a platform that integrates with government systems to collect data. Xaqt was honored for their efforts to create tools that help policymakers and citizens better understand how cities function.
For the Dream Big awards, the Louisville Metro Government received recognition for their aim to create an adaptive traffic flow management system that will sense changes and automatically adjust city infrastructure. The Tulsa Public School system was honored for their goal to build an engine to enable data-driven decisions. The City of Iowa City hopes to use data to improve lower costs and efficiency. Finally, the Marmion Academy is creating a prototype engineering center for business and education collaboration.
“We continue to be amazed by the work that our customers are doing around the world to better serve citizens,” said Teresa Carlson, VP of Worldwide Public Sector, AWS. Learn more about the summit and each winning project here.
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