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4 cities win AWS cloud innovation challenge

Amazon Web Services announced the winners of the first City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge. The winners were chosen based on the impact of their solution, likelihood of long-term success, implementation of AWS services and the potential to help other local governments solve similar challenges.

The four winners were selected for innovative local government projects running on the AWS Cloud and were each awarded $50,000 in AWS credits. The winners were:

New York City Department of Transportation – Mobile and Web applications that make real-time transportation information more accessible and useful to residents and visitors, including an interactive map of city parking regulations, a pedestrian city travel planning app, and online maps of construction sites and capital projects.

City of Asheville, N.C. – An automated, pay-as-you-go cloud-based disaster recovery system that keeps essential city operations up and running in the event of power outages, earthquakes and major weather events.

London City Airport – An app for travelers that brings together real-time data from sensors, airline systems and airport services to help passengers efficiently navigate the airport.

City and County of San Francisco Planning Department – A website for citizens, businesses and city employees to access detailed property information for zoning, real estate transactions, and permitting.

Additionally, four application developers were recognized for their applications that solve local government challenges:

Azavea (HunchLab) – A machine learning application that uses data on crime history, weather, neighborhood businesses and other real-time information to help police departments employ “predictive policing.”

NuCivic (NuCivic DATA) – Open source data management platform that allows governments to make a wide range of open data sets available to the public.

Neptune Technology Group (N_SIGHT IQ) – Cloud-based data mart for local utility companies to leverage water usage data to better manage local resources.

Str LLC (ePropertyPlus) – Property inventory management system that helps cities effectively manage community revitalization efforts by aggregating and mapping data on ownership, development grants, and construction plans for vacant and abandoned properties.

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