city on a cloud

AWS announces cloud innovation winners

The 19 winners in Amazon Web Services' 2017 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge include the cities of Iowa City, Virginia Beach, Louisville, Ky., and Las Vegas, as well as California's Department of Transportation and the Lawrence, Ind., Police Department.

The City on a Cloud program recognizes public sector innovations (both proposed and in progress) powered by AWS cloud services.   Winners receive AWS credits for their project, as well as technical and marketing support. 

Teresa Carlson, AWS' vice president of worldwide public sector, said that speeding time to delivery is a key to successful public sector innovation.  "We believe that cities can be one of the major hubs of innovation, because they can do fast,” she said the AWS Public Sector Summit on June 14. "We want to help impact that."

In the Best Practices category, Virginia Beach was recognized for its Stormsense program, which helps to predict coastal flooding and improve public safety.  The Lawrence Police Department won for the storage and analytics solutions that are part of its body-worn camera system.  And California's Caltrans project received an honorable mention for cloud-based storage, analytics and test scaling for its Connected Corridors traffic incident response program.

In the Dream Big category, Louisville won for its use of machine learning, real-time traffic data and connected sensors to develop an adaptive traffic flow management system.  Iowa City won in that same category for bringing predictive analytics to its post-booking jail diversion program.  And Las Vegas garnered an honorable mention for plans to "to help local students at risk of falling behind in school due to challenges with attendance."

Other winners included systems in Florida, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Washington, as well as international government agencies and several industry partners.  The full list is available here.

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN, as well as General Manager of Public Sector 360.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of, Schneider also helped launch the political site in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times,, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

Click here for previous articles by Schneider, or connect with him on Twitter: @troyschneider.

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