Virginia Beach Named Amazon Web Services 2019 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Winner

City’s Open Data Portal Commended for Creativity and Community Impact

Thursday, December 05, 2019

​The City of Virginia Beach has been selected as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) 2019 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Winner for its Open Data Portal. Winners were announced during the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Dec. 4.

The City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge highlights public service organizations using the cloud to innovate and improve lives. The annual competition features six categories: Constituent Services Award; Solving Persistent Problems Award; Powered by AWS Award; Dream Big Award; and Public Dataset Award. The City was one of three organizations to earn the Dream Big Award. Winners are eligible for promotional and training credits as well as financial support. The City's StormSense project was a challenge winner in 2017.

"It is a special achievement to be recognized as a City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge winner for the second time," said Peter Wallace, the City's chief information officer. "The resources we receive will help take our cloud strategy to the next level as we introduce more digital services for citizens."

The City's Open Data Portal was recently revamped to better educate, engage and empower citizens when it comes to data. Designed on a single platform for simplicity and cost effectiveness, the portal serves as a meeting space for innovation, collaboration and multidirectional communication. It provides more than data: self-service options are available to help City employees, residents, visitors and other stakeholders access City data, become familiar with roles and consider potential use cases.

"Our Open Data initiatives are all about inclusion and empowerment. Whether through partnerships or crowdsourced recommendations, we believe access to data can spark new ideas and insights," said Bojan Duric, the City's chief data officer. "We want to foster a community of data enthusiasts who understand how data can support their goals."

The official announcement can be viewed here.

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