Build sustainable solutions using AWS to ensure the survival of nonprofits and cultural institutions

Due to today’s evolving challenges, nonprofits and cultural institutions need our help to stay viable to serve our local and global communities. Amazon’s Raise-up Buildathon presented by AWS is a way for developers, technology enthusiasts, and advocates to band together and help these important institutions deliver mission impact and drive the critical donations needed to operate and grow. 

Join today to be a part of creating a path to sustainability that aids the nonprofit sector and cultural institutions in capitalizing on innovative technology to address current and future challenges.

How can you help? 

Choose at least one of these categories: Nonprofit Fundraising, Nonprofit Program & Service Delivery, and Preserving Cultural Institutions to build an impactful solution. 

All solutions must leverage AWS, but each category also has a prize for an impactful solution that leverages Amazon Pay.

View the categories page to learn more about these topics.

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Office Hours

Visit the #officehours channel on the buildathon's Slack workspace during the following days to engage with and ask questions to the AWS team:

  • July 1 - 4PM to 5PM EDT
  • July 8 - 4PM to 5PM EDT (particulary for Alexa Skill questions)

 

View full rules

Prizes

$40,800 in prizes

Best in Nonprofit Fundraising

• $5,000 USD
• $2,000 AWS credits
• AWS blog post featuring the winning teams
• 60-minute meeting with AWS Nonprofit team to discuss the winning project

Best in Nonprofit Fundraising - Amazon Pay Integration

• $4,000 USD
• $1,000 AWS credits
• AWS blog post featuring the winning teams
• 60-minute meeting with AWS Nonprofit team to discuss the winning project

Best in Nonprofit Program & Service Delivery

• $5,000 USD
• $2,000 AWS credits
• AWS blog post featuring the winning teams
• 60-minute meeting with AWS Nonprofit team to discuss the winning project

Best in Nonprofit Program & Service Delivery - Amazon Pay Integration

• $4,000 USD
• $1,000 AWS credits
• AWS blog post featuring the winning teams
• 60-minute meeting with AWS Nonprofit team to discuss the winning project

Best in Preserving Cultural Institutions

• $5,000 USD
• $2,000 AWS credits
• AWS blog post featuring the winning teams
• 60-minute meeting with AWS Nonprofit team to discuss the winning project

Best in Preserving Cultural Institutions - Amazon Pay Integration

• $4,000 USD
• $1,000 AWS credits
• AWS blog post featuring the winning teams
• 60-minute meeting with AWS Nonprofit team to discuss the winning project

Honorable Mentions (4)

• $1,000 USD
• $200 AWS credits
• AWS blog post featuring the winning teams

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry (most countries set the age of majority at 18 including the US, UK, Germany)
  • Teams of Eligible Individuals
  • Organizations

(See full eligibility requirements in section 3 of the rules)

Requirements

Main Requirement: Develop (or update) sustainable solutions that help the nonprofit sector and cultural institutions engage the public to drive critical donations, uphold mission delivery, and address the evolving challenges faced by the sector. Solutions must integrate at least one AWS service into their solution and address at least one of the available categories.

Important Notes:

  • Makers who integrate Amazon Pay within their solution(s) must adhere to the main requirement of the hackathon.
  • Makers who build an Alexa Skill must integrate Amazon Pay within their solution(s) and adhere to the main requirement of the hackathon.

Available categories:

  • Nonprofit Fundraising – Solutions that enable nonprofits to reach new and existing donors (individual and corporate) to generate monetary donations/giving (examples: outreach platforms, storytelling/impact showcase tools, digital media/engagement applications, and more).
  • Nonprofit Program & Service Delivery – Solutions that allow nonprofits to enhance and/or continue delivering services to their intended audiences (examples: remote telehealth tools, data-driven mission action capabilities, virtual support tools, volunteerism tools, AI chatbots/voice assistants, and more).
  • Preserving Culture Institutions – Solutions that meet the needs of cultural institutions to further nurture their patrons and/or capture new patrons (examples: Solutions that enhance ticket sales and merchandise purchasing, tools to connect artists and art patrons, AI/ML tools to aid in engaging new audiences and predicting emerging art interests, artist collaboration tools, and more).

Submit the following materials: 

  1. Demo video (hosted on YouTube, Facebook Video, Vimeo, or Youku). Your video should be around 5 minutes long and include a demo of your working application. 
  2. Repository access to your working application for judging and testing. Include a link to your repo hosting the code and all deployment files and testing instructions needed for testing your project. (Repositories may be public or private — if your repository is private, share access with testing@devpost.com AND Nonprofit-buildathon@amazon.com.
  3. Submission form on Devpost before the deadline, July 15th at 5PM EDT.

Judges

Scotts Mills

Scotts Mills
Global Chief Information Officer, World Vision

Alphonse MacDonald

Alphonse MacDonald
Director of Marketing and Technology, National Academy of Sciences

Rob Gleave

Rob Gleave
Sr. Manager, AWS Nonprofit Solution Architect

Michael Thatcher

Michael Thatcher
Chief Executive Officer, Charity Navigator

Michael Green

Michael Green
Chief Executive Officer, Social Progress Imperative

Ezra Wiesner

Ezra Wiesner
Chief Technology Officer, The SHED & President, CIOArts

Dan Hoffer

Dan Hoffer
Chief Information Officer, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust & Vice President, CIOArts

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    Includes creativity, originality of the idea, and the ability to deliver the intended benefit/value of the solution.
  • Implementation of the Idea
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer.
  • Potential Value to Nonprofits and Cultural Institutions
    Includes the extent to which the solution is reusable and can help the most nonprofits and cultural institutions.