If you have a great idea for building a start-up around Amazon's Web Services, you have just another week to sign up for the the Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge.Based on the submission, the Amazon judges' panel will review and select five finalists based on "originality and creativity of the idea, likelihood of long-term success, how well it addresses a need in the marketplace, and the implementation of pay-as-you-use Amazon Web Services."
Finalists will be announced in November, and the community will then vote for their favorite start-up.
Amazon's collection of Web infrastructure services include hosted storage (S3), compute cycles (EC2), computer-to-computer messaging (SQS), payments (FPS), and an on-demand workforce (Mechanical Turk)... AWS has already attracted more than 265,000 developers.
The $100,000 prize is split between $50,000 cash and $50,000 credit for Amazon's infrastructure services. The winner also gets an investment offer from Amazon and mentoring sessions from an Amazon Web Services Technical Expert.
And, oh yes, this contest is open to America start-ups only.
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