24 days ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in, and our community has voted! Go to the Serverless Apps for Social Good gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the awesome submissions.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop coding. Update your portfolio to inform your followers about new projects and get feedback from fellow hackers.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


about 1 month ago

Thanks for taking part!

Thank you for building such incredible submissions!

While you wait for the results, take a look at all of the apps in the gallery. Stay tuned for the winner announcement in a couple of weeks!

 

 


about 2 months ago

The More the Merrier: You Can Submit Multiple Apps

Just a final shout-out that you have four more days left in the AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon to submit your skill.

Did you know you can build, publish, and submit multiple serverless applications to the AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good hackathon? 

Each application should be unique and submitted according to submission guidelines—so remember to publish each application to the AWS Serverless Application Repository and make a demo video for each of your apps. As long as you submit each of your entries according to the guidelines, they will be individually considered for judging and prize…

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about 2 months ago

One week to go–the deadline is almost here!

Time’s almost up - there’s only one week left to submit your tech for good application to the Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon.


Submissions are due October 9 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


about 2 months ago

Serverless + Alexa: Watch the Twitch Broadcast

Watch the recorded Twitch Broadcast from Serverless Developer Advocate Chris Munns and Alexa Solutions Architect Akersh Srivastava. Chris demonstrates how to leverage AWS Lambda and other serverless products starting at 8:40. You can see the app he created along with a bevy of Alexa backend apps in the AWS Serverless Application Repository starting at 47:21. To learn the ins and outs of creating an Alexa app from Akersh, jump to 54:50.

<<Watch the Twitch Broadcast>>

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


about 2 months ago

Two weeks to go–Start your submission now

There are only two weeks left to submit your tech for good application to the Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon.  Get a head start on your submission - remember, you can edit your submission as many times as you would like up until the deadline. Submissions are due October 9 before 5pm ET. (Find out what time that is in your city.)

Submission checklist

Before the deadline passes, make sure you run through this list:

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2 months ago

Good news! Deadline extended to 10/9

Good news everyone! We're giving you an extra week to submit your Serverless Apps for Social Good.

The new deadline is October 9th @ 5pm EST.

 

Don't forget to join the AWS Serverless Apps team in Slack today for Office Hours:

  • Date: Wednesday, September 19
  • Time: 1 pm – 2 pm PST (4 pm – 5 pm EST)
  • Location: Serverless Apps for Social Good Slack channel #officehours

 

 


2 months ago

How to request additional AWS SAM resources & policy templates

Hey Serverless Apps Builders,

To publish your apps to the AWS Serverless Application Repository and submit them to the Serverless Apps for Social Good hackathon, you’ll need to package your apps using AWS SAM. The Serverless Application Repository only supports specific resource types and only allows the use of AWS SAM policy templates to extend AWS Lambda function permissions as described in the documentation

You can request additional supported resources via AWS Support and new policy templates via the process described here. If you make your request by Friday, September 21, the team will work on it in an…

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2 months ago

How to build & submit serverless apps for social good

Need a nudge? Want a refresher on how to submit your serverless apps for social good? Interested in winning cash prizes and supporting good causes?

Here’s how you can help grow the serverless ecosystem and support good causes through our Serverless Apps for Social Good hackathon: 

  1. Build a serverless application for one of these categories: Alexa skills, IoT, Machine Learning, media processing, logging, monitoring, notifications, location and/or an application specifically designed to help combat human trafficking according to the problem statements and technical tools provided by our nonprofit partners
  2. Package your app according to the resources and policies supported by

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2 months ago

Two Q&As: 9/17 social good and 9/19 technical!

Social Good Q&A:

Rob Spectre, Founder of childsafe.ai and Serverless Application Repository judge, will be hanging out in our Slack channel (room #nonprofit) on Monday to provide more context on the issues that our nonprofit sponsors deal with every day. 

  • Date: Monday, September 17
  • Time: 8 am – 9 am PST (11 am - 12pm EST)
  • Location: Serverless Apps for Social Good Slack channel #nonprofit

*If you cannot attend that time, post your questions in the #nonprofit room ahead of time and Rob will try to answer it during the session.


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Slack Technical Office Hours:

Ask developers from the AWS SAM and…

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2 months ago

Three weeks left—start your submission

There are three weeks remaining in the AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon. Submissions are due October 2, 2018 before 5pm ET.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your app meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form works? Head over to our submission form tutorial.

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2 months ago

Serverless Apps on Twitch this Friday

Happening this Friday, September 7th, live on Twitch: 

  • Date: Friday, September 7
  • Time: 9:30 am – 11 am PST
  • Where: Live on twitch.tv/aws

Sign up for an event reminder

Join AWS Serverless Developer Advocate, Chris Munns, and Amazon Alexa Solutions Architect, Akersh Srivastava, as they build an Alexa Skill, package it using the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM), and publish it to the AWS Serverless Application Repository in real time. They’ll also be ready to answer your questions during the broadcast, so bring ‘em on!

Their mission: Give you all the resources you need to build and submit…

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3 months ago

One month left—start your submission

There’s one month remaining in the AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon! Submissions are due October 2  before 5pm ET.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your component meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form works? Head over to our submission form tutorial.

Prepare

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3 months ago

Making a great submission video

We know as devs your expertise lies in building apps - so keep building! - however, the submission video needs time too! It's often the first thing that judges and voters review.

Your video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear display of your project and talent in a video:

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain how your AWS application solves a painpoint or contributes to the work nonprofit organizations are doing to combat human trafficking. Within 60 seconds, viewers tend to lose interest, so use this time wisely to keep…

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3 months ago

Learn how to double your social good (and prize potential): Twitch broadcast 9/7 @ 9:30am PST

Want to enter two hackathons at once? You can! Need to learn more about how to build your solutions in real time? You can do that, too!

Build an Alexa skill to submit to the Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge: Tech for Good hackathon. Then, package it using AWS SAM to publish it to the AWS Serverless Application Repository and submit it to the AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good hackathon. 

If you need help, we’re hosting a live Twitch broadcast on Friday, September 7, from 9:30 am – 11 am PST. Want to read more about the event and sign…

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3 months ago

You’re Halfway There - Keep Going!

Hackathon Halfway Point

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


3 months ago

Inspiration Update - Data Sources from our Nonprofit Partners

Hey Serverless Builders,

Looking for additional data sets to inspire your work? Polaris and Thorn, our nonprofit partners committed to ending human trafficking, have compiled some great sources of data and information.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris, maintains a website that allows you to access statistics by state and find more resources.

Polaris also recently released new findings focused on intersections between the public and private sectors and how industries across them can disrupt human trafficking. You can read the blog post, access the full report, or get an at-a-glance view from their systemic

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3 months ago

Why We’re Focusing this Hackathon on Helping to End Human Trafficking

As our nonprofit partners report, human trafficking robs 25 million people a year of their freedom.

Human trafficking affects children, women, men, mothers, brothers, daughters, sons, and friends. While the advance of technology has given human traffickers more opportunities to commit offenses, it can also empower those who combat human trafficking to fight against it more effectively.

As Polaris states, “New data and insights open doors to possibilities - ways in which law enforcement, governments, service providers, and private businesses can undermine traffickers’ businesses, making them more risky and less profitable.”

Both Polaris and Thorn are committed to using technology…

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3 months ago

Did you know?! Hack Fact Friday

Did you know?

Today, less than 1,500 of the more than 100,000 US technology companies are registered to report Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Read more about the issue here.

You can build serverless applications that help eliminate CSAM from the internet.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


4 months ago

Tips and Tricks for Building Serverless Apps on AWS

 

The AWS Serverless team recently aired a webinar that offers step-by-step examples for building serverless apps using AWS SAM and publishing them to the AWS Serverless Application Repository.

You can watch the webinar or explore other helpful resources like recordings of live coding sessions on Twitch and in-depth developer guides on the AWS Serverless Application Repository Resources page.

Happy building!

Sincerely,

Devpost + AWS

Questions?

If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.


4 months ago

Quick-Start Guide

Here's how to get started with the AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon! The submission period opens on July 23, 2018 and ends October 2, 2018, at 5pm ET.

Find featured applications and helpful resources for how to build and publish serverless applications in the AWS Serverless Application Repository

  1. Sign up for a free AWS account. If you don’t have an AWS account yet, sign up for one (it’s free!).
  2. Review the rules. Thoroughly read the competition rules to ensure your submission complies. Make sure you package your serverless application using the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM),…

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