about 1 month ago

Announcing the winners...

First of all, let us congratulate all of the Amazon Raise-Up Buildathon participants for contributing in such innovative and meaningful ways.  We are so proud of everyone who participated and the hard work you put in - thank you for your efforts.  These innovative solutions built with AWS products and services will help the nonprofit sector and cultural institutions engage the public to drive critical donations and uphold mission delivery.

We also would like to congratulate the winners:

  • Best in Nonprofit Fundraising: Cloutvocate
  • Best in Nonprofit Fundraising - Amazon Pay Integration: Gudville
  • Best in Nonprofit Program & Service Delivery: voluntree.ml

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2 months ago

Final call: Submissions close July 22

Just a final shout-out these are the last few days to work on your project and submit to the Amazon Raise-Up Buildathon.

Final checklist:

  • Are you submitting a solution that helps 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?
  • Does your submission use one or more AWS products and services?
  • If you’re building an Alexa Skill, did you integrate Amazon Pay?
  • Have you created a submission video? Does your video clearly demonstrate the functionality of the application?(See these video-making tips)
  • Did you…

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2 months ago

Live #officehours tomorrow!

Get your questions ready and join the last #officehours session in Slack tomorrow, July 16th at 10AM EDT.

This is an opportunity to engage with the Amazon Raise-up Buildathon support team and get help on your submission, so don't miss it!

Questions?

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


3 months ago

Deadline extended to July 22nd! (open for other important updates)

We have some good news for you — the Amazon Raise-up Buildathon submission period has been extended to July 22nd at 5PM EDT.

But that’s not all…

If you’re building an Alexa skill, an adjustment has been made so that you do NOT need to submit for Alexa skill certification. Here is what you need to remember:

  • Makers who build an Alexa skill must integrate Amazon Pay within their solution(s) and adhere to the main requirement of the hackathon. 
  • To integrate Amazon Pay, follow the steps noted here Alexa Skill + Amazon Pay Integration Update. Don’t forget, you’ll need…

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3 months ago

One week left to deadline - keep going!

There’s only one week left to enter your submission to the Amazon Raise-Up Buildathon.  Don’t wait until the last minute - submissions are due July 15 before 5pm EDT. (Find out what time that is in your city)

Amazon Mentors

Do you have questions to help get your project wrapped up?  Join the category Slack channels - the Amazon mentors will be monitoring your technical questions. 

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your project meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize…

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3 months ago

Two weeks to go – submit early!

There are two weeks left to enter your submission to the Amazon Raise-Up Buildathon.  Submissions are due July 15 before 5pm EDT. (Find out what time that is in your city)

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. (We’ll walk you through our submission form process if you need help.)  And if you've just recently joined the challenge, explore the Slack Channel, the Resources Tab and your “to-do” list for more info to help you get started.

Submission checklist

Run through this list before you sit back from your project:

  • Are you…

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3 months ago

Attention! Office hours available

Get your questions ready and join the first #officehours session in Slack on Wednesday, July 1st from 4pm EDT to 5pm EDT. 

This is your opportunity to engage with the AWS team and other participants to receive help on your submission. 

Can't make it? Don't worry! Post your questions in the #officehours channel and a support team member will try to get back to you ASAP.


3 months ago

Three weeks to go + video tips for your submission

There are three weeks remaining in the Amazon Raise-Up Buildathon. Submissions are due July 15 before 5pm EDT. (Find out what time that is in your city)

We know as devs and innovators, your expertise normally lies behind the scenes, however, the submission video needs time too! It's often the first (and sometimes only!) thing that judges review.

Your video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear to showcase your software and talent in a video: 

  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain how your solution helps the nonprofit…

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3 months ago

Alexa Skill + Amazon Pay Integration Update

 

Thinking of building an Alexa Skill for the buildathon? Don’t forget, you need to integrate Amazon Pay within your solution (and use at least one AWS service).

For this buildathon, we’ve laid out a few important steps to help you integrate Amazon Pay into your Alexa Skill:

  1. Turn on the Amazon Pay permission in your skill
    • If you are in the US, add your skill ID using this link to go directly to the permissions page
  2. Fill out this form to register for an Amazon Pay developer account without signing up for the merchant registration
  3. Once the permission has…

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3 months ago

You’re Halfway There - Keep Going!

 

We are halfway through the Amazon Raise-up Buildathon and are already so impressed by the work and collaboration we are seeing as developers and innovators come together across the globe to help solve some of the challenges nonprofit and cultural institutions are facing.

These are the organizations that support our communities on a daily basis and now it’s time to give back to them. It is a possibility the pandemic will be detrimental to many organizations, and we are confident that the projects you all are working on will help these organizations continue to support the communities and causes…

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3 months ago

Did you know?! Fun Hack Fact Friday

Did you know?!

The AWS Marketplace Developer Challenge: ML Powered Solutions had some amazing submissions.  Gustavo Zomer took home the third place prize in the AWS Marketplace Developer Challenge: ML Powered Solutions for his project, Alex, and wanted to pass along these tips to help you with your Amazon Raise-Up Buildathon project:

My first tip is to work backwards from the video to the code. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the best approach for finishing a hackathon is to have a clear idea of what you want to demo in the video. The video is one of the first

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4 months ago

Awesome Prize Edits!

AWS Credits have been added to the prizes! 

You have the opportunity to earn AWS credits for you to continue developing after the buildathon has ended. 

Check out the prize section on the home tab to see how much credits will be awarded.

For more information on prizes, be sure to read the rules.


4 months ago

Webinar Recording, Collaboration + More To Help You Build

Missed the AWS Raise-up Buildathon Kickoff Webinar last week?

Check out the recording where you’ll hear from three experts who will share more about the challenges nonprofits face and the ways in which the developer community can help organizations embrace digital solutions to improve donor engagement, enhance service delivery, and preserve cultural institutions. 

https://alex.dinnouti.com/video/keynote%20Amazon%20Raise%20Up%20Buildathon.mp4

Featured Speakers:

  • Michel Thatcher, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Navigator  
  • Michael Green, Chief Executive Officer, Social Progress Imperative
  • Ezra Wiesner, Chief Technology Officer, The SHED & President, CIOArts

Collaboration

Whether or not you have started building your AWS Raise-up Solution, the Slack Channel is the perfect place…

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4 months ago

Join the Kickoff Webinar (featuring Charity Navigator CEO, Michael Tatcher)

Mark your calendars!  

Join us for the AWS Raise-up Buildathon Kickoff Webinar tomorrow May 27 at 12PM EDT.

You’ll hear from three experts who will share more about the challenges nonprofits face and the ways in which the developer community can help organizations embrace digital solutions to improve donor engagement, enhance service delivery, and preserve cultural institutions. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Michel Thatcher, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Navigator  
  • Michael Green, Chief Executive Officer, Social Progress Imperative
  • Ezra Wiesner, Chief Technology Officer, The SHED & President, CIOArts

To attend, please go to the Chime meeting on May 27th at 12PM: https://chime.aws/4850504761

Don't worry,…

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