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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a global technology sponsor of Startup Weekend. They provide startups with the tools and resources needed to get up and running quickly, so you can build architectures from day one that will scale up automatically with your business. Winners of the Activate Circle will receive AWS credits and publicity opportunities to help power their startup to success.

**Entry Due 24 hours after your event ends**

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Judges/Judging criteria


 

Finalists will be judged on:

  • Business Model: Can this idea make money? Is there positive customer growth or revenue? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic? Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution? Would you invest in this company at this point?
  • Customer Validation: Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What channels of communication are used? Product/Market fit?
  • Technical – Execution: Is there a functional product (e.g.in the case of an app, did they build one)? Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included? Which services did they integrate with? How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data?
  • Design – Execution: Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?
  • Team - Longevity: Does this team have the pieces, skills, and leadership to successfully move forward on this idea? Does this team seem committed to making their idea work in the long-term?
  • Activate Circle Criteria: (a) implementation and integration of AWS Paid Services: Amazon Glacier, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS), Amazon Mechanical Turk, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Redshift, Amazon OpsWorks (collectively, the “Paid Services”); (b) originality and creativity; (c) likelihood of long-term success and scalability; and (d) effectiveness in addressing a need in the marketplace. 

 

Eligibility


  • The contest is open to individuals or sole proprietors who have reached the older of 18 years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence and have the full legal capacity to participate in this Contest at time of entry; Entrants may not be a national or legal permanent resident of any of the following countries: Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria. Additionally, residents of the following United States will not be eligible: NM, NC, IL, IA, MO, AR, SD, FL, CO, UT. 
  • Entrants must be using Amazon Paid Services as part of their team's ultimate offering. (More information in Official Rules)
  • AWS Paid Services: Amazon Glacier, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS), Amazon Mechanical Turk, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), , Amazon Redshift, Amazon OpsWorks (collectively, the “Paid Services”)

For more information, please view the official Circle page at http://www.globalstartupbattle.co/enter/amazon

 

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