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AWS Backs Anti-Corruption Challenge for Cloud Orgs

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has thrown its support behind a new technology competition aimed at fostering anti-corruption standards in the cloud computing industry.

Announced Wednesday, the first annual "Shield in the Cloud" competition is the brainchild of C5 Accelerate, a technology-focused investment firm that has previously partnered with AWS on an accelerator program for cloud startups in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The two companies, along with nonprofit PeaceTech Lab and SAP's National Security Services (NS2) arm, have organized Shield in the Cloud to find "the most innovative start-ups, corporations, not-for-profits and governments working in cloud-based technology to promote transparency and accountability compliance worldwide," according to the contest Web site.

The competition is open to companies and organizations worldwide that are "using cloud-based technology to challenge corruption." Winners will be chosen according to four categories, according to the announcement:

  • Dream Big Shield. This is the prize for the most innovative start up that uses cloud to enable anti-corruption compliance, or the most innovative technology company with the best application or platform on cloud that enables anti-corruption compliance
  • Global Shield. This is the prize for the global corporation with the most innovative use case or application on cloud for anti-corruption compliance.
  • Government Shield. This is the prize for the government department or multilateral organization with the best programme to drive innovation in anti-corruption using cloud.
  • NFP Shield. This is the prize for the NFP that uses cloud in the most innovative way to do anti-corruption work.

Winning organizations will receive AWS cloud credits, as well as participation in the eight-week PeaceTech Accelerator program, where they will be given technical training from AWS architects.

"Technology is rapidly advancing and, more than ever, has the power to transform communities and play a role in social change. Through this competition, we hope to find new tech champions working for social good across the globe," said Teresa Carlson, vice president of the AWS Worldwide Public Sector group, in a prepared statement.

Entries will be accepted at this e-mail address until Dec. 15, 2017.

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