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Amazon "Unlaunches" & Postpones $100,000 Civic Apps Contest For AWS

timothy posted about 10 months ago | from the taking-a-mulligan dept.

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reifman writes "In an unusual move, Amazon abruptly pulled the plug on its $100,000 Civic Apps contest for AWS, redirecting contestants to the AWS government site. All entrants through October 15th were to receive a $50 AWS credit. Amazon AWS PR says they, '...accidentally pushed this out early, but please stay tuned for more information on this program later this year.' The contest site, rules (pdf) and FAQ (pdf) of the apparently still upcoming contest can be read from the google cache. Contest prize winners would have had to 'spend' their AWS credits by December 2014."

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17 comments

MEssage ball (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44908563)

]a

AC "launches" a deuce, drops a first post on yall (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44908567)

sup bitches

keep it real for da homies

Thanks, NSA! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44908627)

Your chickens are coming home to roost.

Re:Thanks, NSA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44909853)

Your chickens are coming home to roost.

I'm going to guess they didn't bring the car back with them. Oh well, Ma, break out the big stew pot!

Accupy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44908649)

Solidarity!

Hey everyone, join *my* contest instead! (2)

pla (258480) | about 10 months ago | (#44909371)

FTA: "All eligible entrants who submit a qualified Entry will receive an AWS promotional credit (“Promotional Credit”) of $50 USD to be used toward Paid Services (does not include Amazon FPS, reserved instances or support services) by December 31, 2014 in accordance with the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions available at https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits/ [amazon.com] (the “Credit T&Cs”). Individual Promotional Credit codes valued at $50 USD will be emailed to such entrants following the announcement of the Grand Prize winner in November, 2013 " (bolding mine).

Now hold on just a sec... So they intend to give participants a $50 AWS credit... But not up-front? So to enter, you need to pay up front for access so you can develop and deploy your app, and then after you lose they'll give you credit to continue using something you no longer have a reason to keep alive?

Wow. Best scam ever! I need to run one of these "contests" myself!

Re:Hey everyone, join *my* contest instead! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44912279)

FTA: "All eligible entrants who submit a qualified Entry will receive an AWS promotional credit (“Promotional Credit”) of $50 USD to be used toward Paid Services (does not include Amazon FPS, reserved instances or support services) by December 31, 2014 in accordance with the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions available at https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits/ [amazon.com] (the “Credit T&Cs”). Individual Promotional Credit codes valued at $50 USD will be emailed to such entrants following the announcement of the Grand Prize winner in November, 2013 " (bolding mine).

Now hold on just a sec... So they intend to give participants a $50 AWS credit... But not up-front? So to enter, you need to pay up front for access so you can develop and deploy your app, and then after you lose they'll give you credit to continue using something you no longer have a reason to keep alive?

Wow. Best scam ever! I need to run one of these "contests" myself!

The same thing happens with AWS partners. Signing up a partner gives you $1000 of service credits, but you can't become a partner unless you know that your systems are compatible. The only way to check if your systems are compatible, you have to pay for their services while you do the testing. So by the time you get your credits, you've completed the testing and you don't need them anymore.

Granted, we're only talking a hundred bucks or so, but still.

WTF is AWS?!? (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 10 months ago | (#44909407)

It would be nice if the first time an acronym is mentioned in an article, it was identified. For those who were as confused as I was, I googled it: Amazon Web Services.

Re:WTF is AWS?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44909539)

How the fuck are you on Slashdot, in 2013, without knowing what the fuck AWS is?

Re:WTF is AWS?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44909983)

I think the more important question is, in 2013, why the fuck are we on Slashdot?

Re:WTF is AWS?!? (1)

Aighearach (97333) | about 10 months ago | (#44910443)

Because we're too old to learn anything new. Now get off my lawn, Sonny!

Re:WTF is AWS?!? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 10 months ago | (#44910677)

Because there's no entrance exam. Pardon us for coming here in order to learn new things.

Re:WTF is AWS?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44911297)

It means Asians With Swagger, obviously. It is a spin on NWA which means N-Word With Attitude.

Re:WTF is AWS?!? (1)

HoleShot (1884318) | about 10 months ago | (#44913681)

For sure. Acronyms, abreviations, buzzwords, and some brand names should be spelled out the 1st time they are used in an article. If only for us old bastards that have been reading Slashdot from the start, and still don't what AWS is.

Re:WTF is AWS?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44920781)

Yes, we should be sure to spell out such things as "Central Processing Unit", "Random Access Memory", and so on.

In fact, the summary needs numerous clarifications. It should have "Apps (short for 'Applications')"... "PR (Press Release)"... "FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)"... "pdf (Portable Document Format)".

I mean, WTF is a PR?

For that matter, what is "Amazon"? Should I need to track every little company out there? A one-line description would be helpful.

Amazon Got Me to Thinking (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 10 months ago | (#44909453)

The Pandorabots vs. the Tax Code? I'd watch that on Pay-Per_View,(and my tax account said she would to).

Makes the MS "award" for Win8 apps look generous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44911861)

Microsoft was going to give lucky developers $250 or something like that not too long ago if you paid up-front to join their walled-garden, which I thought was a ridiculously awful award - but this $50 credit towards Amazon services is even worse. Why bother having a "contest" when it's insulting to software developers?

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