|[January 24, 2013]
Grand Cru, LogMyCalls, MortarData and TraceLink Named Winners of the Sixth Amazon Web Services Global Start-Up Challenge, Receive $100,000 in Cash and AWS Service Credits
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
Amazon Web Services (News - Alert), Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN),
today announced the winners of the sixth AWS Global Start-Up Challenge.
Grand Cru, LogMyCalls, MortarData and TraceLink were each awarded
$50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits, AWS Support services at the
Business-level tier for one year and technical mentorship from AWS. The
four winners were selected based on their originality and creativity,
likelihood of long-term success and scalability, how well the business
addresses a need in the marketplace, and implementation of AWS solutions.
This year, AWS selected four grand prize winners - one from each of the
Grand Cru - Gaming
LogMyCalls - Consumer Applications
MortarData - Big Data & High Performance Computing
TraceLink - Business Applications
"We are very happy, proud and honored to have been named the best Gaming
start-up in the 2012 Amazon Web Services Global Startup Challenge," said
Markus Pasula, CEO and Co-Founder of Grand Cru. "Being a mobile
free-to-play gaming company, having a great cloud based server and
storage solution is critical for our success and a key component of
everything we do. Only AWS fulfills our demands and provides the
scalability and flexibility we require."
"We are elated to be a Grand Prize Winner. The market values what
LogMyCalls delivers--cloud-based analytics of phone conversations so
businesses can optimize their marketing, automate marketing, and make
more money from phone calls," said Jason Wells, CEO of ContactPoint,
maker of LogMyCalls. "Our platform and our capabilities are built on AWS
and they are central to our expansion strategy as we grow and require
seamless scalability. It's an honor to be selected out of 2500 companies
from 85 countries and we're excited to work with AWS for the long-term."
"We are humbled that AWS has selected us from such a large pool of
impressive startups," said K Young, CEO of MortarData. "Our mission is
to make big data accessible to companies of all sizes - allowing them to
analyze data and build complex big data apps with ease. We've combined
the Mortar open source frameworks' focus on collaboration and simplicity
with our Hadoop platform-as-a-service built on AWS's Elastic MapReduce
service. Using Mortar, our customers take on machine learning, natural
language processing, regression analysis, and much more using their
existing skills-and because we build on AWS, our customers never have to
worry about scaling or operations."
The TraceLink Life Sciences Cloud protects life and enables health by
creating complete global connectivity, traceability and visibility of
pharmaceuticals from raw materials through production, distribution and
delivery to the patient. "Counterfeit drugs threaten the safety of
millions of people each year. Eighty percent of medicines are consumed
by only 15 percent of the global population. Over 2 billion patients
lack access to essential medicines," said Shabbir Dahod, President and
CEO, TraceLink. "The AWS platform is fundamental in giving us the scale
and reach we need to help the global Life Sciences supply network
address these critical issues and securely track and trace the billions
of pharmaceutical products produced each year. With a single point and
click connection, we enable shared visibility and complete collaboration
across all supply, production and distribution processes that a company
executes with each and every partner in their network."
New to the Global Start-up Challenge this year was an Audience (News - Alert) Favorite
award. Finalists made short presentations at the finale event and the
audience voted for their favorite finalist. This year's Audience
Favorite went to Poikos, who earned $5,000 in AWS credits.
Amazon Web Services recognized twenty-four semi-finalists from around
the world. From these, twelve finalists were selected to move into the
final round and were flown to San Francisco, California to attend the
AWS Start-Up Challenge finale event. At the event, each finalist
presented their ideas to a panel of judges with representatives from
AWS. The finalists also had the opportunity to present their business to
venture capitalists during "lightning round" sessions. At the end of the
day, the judges selected the winners and announced the results at the
evening awards ceremony. After accepting their award, the four winners
were presented with the coveted "Golden Hammer," and then partook in the
annual AWS Start-Up Challenge ritual of using the hammer to demolish a
real server, symbolizing how companies no longer need to own servers
when they operate in the cloud.
AWS congratulates the winners and all of the 2012 AWS Global Start-Up
Big Data & High Performance Computing
Data (Hong Kong) - Real-time analysis of consumer and small
business profiles to improve decision making.
(USA) - Open source framework and runtime environment for building big
data pipelines on Elastic MapReduce.
(USA) - A wearable sensing platform that monitors physical activity,
sleep, and falls for older adults.
(USA) - A mobile replacement for construction blueprints.
(Netherlands) - Imaging and measurement of the human body in 3D using
(USA) - Connect people, processes, and information across a global
(USA) - A marketing and analytics platform for the phone.
(Australia) - A battery-powered security camera combined with a social
network to protect people, places, and things.
(Poland) - A web-based Wiki platform for community sites, personal
blogs, gaming, and more.
Studios (UK) - Real-time multiplayer cross-platform games.
Cru (Finland) - The Supernauts game, a casual take on the
Minecraft style of sandboxed building.
(India) - A configurable API for instant access to a comprehensive set
of pre-built data models, components, and workflows.
About Amazon Web Services
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key
infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now
widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud
computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and
turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no
longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or
months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon's
expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business
needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon
Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost
infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands
of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190
countries around the world. AWS offers over 30 different services,
including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple
Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database Service
(Amazon RDS). AWS services are available to customers from data center
locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Japan, Singapore and Australia.
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