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Q:  What  is  the  AWS  Civic  App  Challenge? The  AWS  Civic  App  Challenge  is  a  competition  designed  to  identify,  award,  and  support  innovative  U.S.  based  businesses developing  civic  applications  on  AWS  solutions.  After  a  series  of  judging  rounds,  we  will  select  Four  Category  Finalists  (one for  each  category),  12  Category  Leaders  (3  for  each  category),  and  a  Grand  Prize  winner  (one  of  the  four  Finalists). Categories  are: 1.   Utilities  and  Energy 2.   Education 3.   Public  Safety  and  Health 4.   Community  Services We  encourage  all  eligible  businesses  who  are  transforming  public  data  into  scalable  solutions  for  citizens,  businesses,  and government  organizations  with  their  civic  application(s)  on  AWS  to  enter. Q:  Who  is  eligible  to  enter  and  win  this  contest? The  AWS  Civic  Apps  Challenge  (“Contest”)  is  open  to  privately  held  U.S.  businesses  legally  headquartered  in  the  50 United  States  or  the  District  of  Columbia  at  the  time  of  entry.  The  Contest  and  Official  Rules  are  void  where  prohibited  by law,  and  are  subject  to  applicable  laws.  Our  and  YouNoodle,  Inc.’s  (“YouNoodle”)  employees,  parents,  affiliates  and subsidiaries,  and  participating  advertising  and  promotion  agencies  and  prize  suppliers/funding  entities,  and  members  of their  immediate  family  (spouse,  domestic  partner,  parent,  child,  sibling  and  their  respective  spouses,  regardless  of  where they  reside)  or  those  living  in  their  household,  whether  or  not  related)  are  not  eligible.  Entrants  may  not  be  members  of any  guild,  union  or  other  organization  that  may  prohibit  them  from  participating  in  this  Contest  and  that  would  restrict, require  due  payment  or  otherwise  have  the  right  to  oppose  such  entrant’s  participation  in  this  Contest.  Prizes  will  be awarded  in  the  name  of  the  business  that  entered.  By  the  time  of  submission,  entrants  must  have  an  AWS  account  (see https://aws-­portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/developer/registration/index.html).  Any  individual  submitting  an  entry  on  behalf of  a  business  entity  represents  and  warrants  that  he/she:  (a)  is  an  individual  legal  resident  of  the  50  United  States  or the  District  of  Columbia  and  has  reached  the  older  of  18  years  old  or  the  legal  age  of  majority  in  their  state  of  residence, (b)  has  the  full  legal  capacity  to  participate  in  this  Contest,  and  (c)  is  authorized  to  submit  an  entry  on  behalf  of  such business  entity.  For  full  terms  and  conditions,  please  refer  to  our  detailed  AWS  Civic  App  Challenge  Official  Rules. Q:  What  is  the  judging  criteria? First  Round:  All  qualified  Entries  will  be  judged  by  a  panel  of  qualified  judges  that  we  select  (“Amazon  Judging  Panel”). The  Amazon  Judging  Panel  will  select  1  Finalist  (“Finalist”)  and  3  Category  Leaders  (“Category  Leaders”)  from  each  of  the following  4  categories:  1.  Utilities  and  Energy,  2.  Education,  3.  Public  Safety  and  Health,  and  4.  Community  Services.  The Amazon  Judging  Panel  will  judge  the  qualified  Entries  using  the  following  judging  criteria:  (a)  implementation  and integration  of  the  Paid  Services;;  (b)  originality  and  creativity;;  (c)  likelihood  of  long-­term  success  and  scalability;;  and  (d) effectiveness  in  addressing  a  need  in  the  public  sector  (the  “Judging  Criteria”).  We  reserve  the  right,  in  our  sole discretion,  to  select  fewer  than  3  Category  Leaders  from  any  of  the  4  categories  if  we  do  not  receive  a  minimum  of  4 eligible  and  qualified  Entries  from  such  category. In  end-­October  2013,  the  potential  Finalists  and  Category  Leaders  will  be  notified  by  e-­mail  or  phone.  In  order  to  proceed to  the  Final  Round,  each  potential  Finalist  must  notify  us  of  his/her  willingness  to  proceed  to  the  Final  Round  within  2

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business  days  of  notification  and  satisfy  other  eligibility  requirements  described  in  these  Official  Rules. If  a  potential  Finalist  does  not  timely  satisfy  all  requirements  set  forth  in  the  Official  Rules,  as  determined  by  us  in  our sole  discretion,  a  runner-­up  may  be  notified.  The  Finalists’  names  will  be  announced  on  the  Contest  Website  on  or  about the  end  of  October,  2013. Final  Round:  The  final  round  of  judging  will  take  place  on  or  about  November  14,  2013  in  Las  Vegas,  Nevada,  at  the Amazon  Web  Services  (AWS)  re:Invent  2013  conference.  Each  Finalist  must  be  present  in  person  at  the  Final  Round  and must  prepare,  at  his/her  expense,  a  10-­minute  presentation  and  demo  of  his/her  Civic  App  Proposition.  The  presentation and  demo  must  be  in  English  and  will  be  presented  to  the  Amazon  Judging  Panel.  Each  presentation  and  demo  will  be followed  by  up  to  15  minutes  of  Q&A  by  the  Amazon  Judging  Panel.  The  Amazon  Judging  Panel  will  then  meet  privately to  conduct  a  final  review  of  the  Finalists’  Entries  and  judge  the  Entries  using  the  Judging  Criteria.  Then  a  representative from  the  Amazon  Judging  Panel  will  announce  one  Grand  Prize  winner  for  the  Contest.  Finalists  must  be  present  at  the Final  Round  to  be  eligible  to  win  the  Grand  Prize.  Following  announcement  of  the  Grand  Prize  winner,  the  Finalists  may be  asked  to  present  their  Civic  App  Propositions  to  the  AWS  re:Invent  2013  conference  audience. Tie  Breakers.  In  the  event  there  are  two  or  more  identical  and  equally  qualified  Entries,  as  determined  by  us  in  our  sole discretion,  only  the  first  one  to  be  submitted  will  be  considered.  In  the  event  of  a  tie  in  any  round,  an  additional  tie-­ breaking  judge  selected  by  us  will  determine  the  Category  Leader(s),  Finalist(s)  or  Grand  Prize  winner,  as  applicable, using  the  Judging  Criteria.  All  decisions  of  the  Amazon  Judging  Panel  and  any  tie-­breaking  judge  are  final  and  binding.  For the  purpose  of  these  Official  Rules,  the  Grand  Prize  winner,  the  Finalists  and  the  Category  Leaders  may  also  be  referred to  in  these  Official  Rules  as  “winners”. Q:  Can  I  submit  more  than  one  entry? More  than  one  Entry  may  be  submitted  by  any  entrant.  However,  no  more  than  one  Entry  per  entrant  will  be  selected  as a  Finalist  or  Category  Leader.  Any  Entry  submitted  by  an  entrant  must  be  substantially  different  than  any  other  Entry submitted  by  that  entrant. Q:  Do  I  need  to  register  for  Amazon  Web  Services  in  order  to  be  eligible? Yes,  part  of  the  judging  criteria  is  the  use  and  implementation  of  any  paid  service  from  Amazon  Web  Services  in  your Civic  Apps  proposition.  In  order  to  use  Amazon  Web  Services,  you  must  first  register  at  https://aws-­ portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/developer/registration/index.html. Q:  Does  my  application  need  to  include  a  new  idea  or  business? No,  you  can  submit  a  Civic  App  Proposition  in  idea,  prototyping  or  growth  stage. Q:  I  am  concerned  about  the  confidentiality  of  my  submission.  Will  it  be  made  public? By  participating  in  the  Contest,  each  entrant  warrants  that  it  has  the  authority  as  sole  owner  of  its  Civic  App  Proposition to  provide  it  to  AWS,  and  that  its  Civic  App  Proposition  and  any  other  materials  or  information  provided  by  it  in connection  with  the  Contest,  including  Civic  App  Marketing  Materials  (collectively,  “Submission  Materials”)  do  not  infringe or  misappropriate  any  intellectual  or  other  property  right  of  any  other  person  or  entity,  including  any  patent  or  trade secret.  Each  entrant  understands  that  his/her  Submission  Materials  are  non-­confidential  and  may  be  made  public,  in whole  or  in  part.  By  submitting  an  Entry,  each  entrant  grants  to  us  and  our  affiliates  an  irrevocable,  nonexclusive, worldwide,  fully  paid-­up,  perpetual  and  royalty-­free  license  to  make,  use,  reproduce,  display,  publically  perform,  create derivative  works  of  all  or  a  portion  of  the  Submission  Materials,  as  well  as  use  the  entrant’s  name  and  company  name, trademarks  and  logos,  in  any  promotional  materials  produced  by  or  for  us  or  our  affiliates.  Further,  each  entrant,  by submitting  an  Entry,  grants  to  us  or  our  affiliates  an  irrevocable,  nonexclusive,  worldwide,  fully  paid-­up,  perpetual  and royalty-­free  license  to  make,  use,  reproduce,  display,  publically  perform,  create  derivative  works  of,  and  disclose  all  or  a portion  of  any  Submission  Materials  in  connection  with  the  Contest.  The  foregoing  grants  shall  be  limited  for  a  period  of  2 years  for  all  eligible  Entries;;  for  5  years  for  Entries  submitted  by  the  Category  Leaders;;  and  in  perpetuity  for  Entries submitted  by  the  Finalists  (or  to  the  maximum  extent  permissible  under  applicable  law).  The  entrants,  by  the  Official Rules,  do  not  grant  any  other  licenses  to  us  or  our  affiliates  under  existing  or  future  copyrights  or  patents.  The  entrants should  be  guided  by  their  own  attorneys  as  to  the  desirability  of  seeking  patents  or  other  protection  for  their  Civic  App Propositions.  Each  entrant  acknowledges  that  we  or  our  affiliates  may  currently  or  in  the  future  be  developing information,  products,  concepts,  services,  or  techniques  internally,  or  receiving  information,  products,  concepts,  services, or  techniques  from  other  parties,  that  is  similar  to  Submission  Materials  (“Our  Developed  Materials”).  Nothing  in  the Official  Rules  will  be  construed  as  a  representation  or  agreement  that  we  or  our  affiliates  will  not  develop  or  have developed  information,  products,  concepts,  systems,  services  or  techniques  that  are  similar  to  or  compete  with  the products,  concepts,  systems,  services  or  techniques  contemplated  by  or  embodied  in  any  Submission  Materials.  Each entrant  agrees  to  waive  any  claims  or  action  he/she  has  or  may  have  in  connection  with  Our  Developed  Materials. Q:  What  services  can  I  use  to  enter  the  contest? Amazon  Glacier,  Amazon  CloudFront,  Amazon  Elastic  Compute  Cloud  (EC2),  Amazon  Dynamo  DB,  Amazon  ElastiCache, Amazon  Elastic  MapReduce,  Amazon  Flexible  Payments  Service  (FPS),  Amazon  Mechanical  Turk,  AWS  Elastic  Beanstalk, Amazon  Redshift,  Amazon  Relational  Database  Service  (RDS),  Amazon  SimpleDB,  Amazon  Simple  Notification  Service (SNS),  Amazon  Simple  Email  Service  (SES),  Amazon  Simple  Queue  Service  (SQS),  Amazon  Simple  Storage  Service  (S3), Amazon  Virtual  Private  Cloud  (VPC)  (collectively,  the  “Paid  Services”) Q:  If  I  experience  technical  problems  using  Amazon  Web  Services,  whom  should  I  contact?

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Please  post  your  technical  questions  to  the  AWS  Developer  Forums  where  AWS  staff  and  the  community  are  best equipped  to  help  you. Q:  When  will  finalists  be  notified? In  end-­October  2013,  the  potential  Finalists  and  Category  Leaders  will  be  notified  by  e-­mail  or  phone. Q:  If  I  am  chosen  as  a  finalist,  can  I  bring  someone  with  me? If  you  are  chosen  as  a  finalist,  Amazon  will  pay  airfare  and  hotel  for  one  individual  to  Las  Vegas,  Nevada,  USA.  However, you  are  welcome  to  bring  along  your  business  partner  to  present  your  business  proposition  to  the  judges  panel  at  your own  cost. Q:  How  do  I  get  my  $50  AWS  credit? Credits  and  prizes  (excluding  the  trip  to  the  Final  Round)  will  be  delivered  up  to  60  days  after  the  winners  are announced.  Promotional  Credit  prizes  from  AWS  for  Paid  Services  are  not  cumulative;;  each  winner  will  be  awarded  no more  than  1  Promotional  Credit  from  AWS  for  Paid  Services. Q:  If  I  have  questions  about  the  application  or  the  rules,  whom  should  I  contact? Please  email  your  questions  to  civicapps@amazon.com

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