GSB 2013: Introducing the ‘Activate Circle’ powered by Amazon Web Services

A few weeks ago, we announced the 2013 edition of Global Startup Battle and we promised there would more amazing ways to win than ever before. We’re calling these ‘Circles’ (themed battles within GSB), and today we’re thrilled to introduce another.

Please welcome the Activate Circle powered by Amazon Web Services to Global Startup Battle!

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Every team that uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) during the Global Startup Battle will be eligible to compete for the Activate Circle prizes. They are pretty sweet, and we definitely recommend finding a creative way to use a range of AWS products and services as part of your team over the weekend. (Qualifying list below in ‘Judging Criteria’)

Grand Prize:

  • $15,000 USD in credit from AWS for Paid Services (other than Amazon FPS, reserved instances or support services) to be used within 2 years from the date of award; and
  • 5 Dedicated Tweets from @AWSStartupsInclusion in one blog post on the AWS Blog (aws.typepad.com)
  • An AWS Swag Pack, consisting of an AWS T-Shirt, Stickers, Coffee Mug and Kindle Paperwhite

First Prize:

  • $10,000 USD in credit from AWS for Paid Services (other than Amazon FPS or reserved instances or support services) to be used within 2 years from the date of award; and2 Dedicated Tweets from @AWSStartups
  • An AWS Swag Pack, consisting of an AWS T-Shirt, Stickers, & Coffee Mug
  • Inclusion in one blog post on the AWS Blog (aws.typepad.com)

Second Prize:

  • $5,000 USD in credit from AWS for Paid Services (other than Amazon FPS or reserved instances or support services) to be used within 2 years from the date of award; and
  • 1 Dedicated Tweet from @AWSStartupsInclusion in one blog post on the AWS Blog (aws.typepad.com)
  • An AWS Swag Pack, consisting of an AWS T-Shirt, Stickers, & Coffee Mug

If you want to be a part of Global Startup Battle this year, look for an event in your area that takes place or subscribe to StartupDigest and be notified of all upcoming startup events in your area.

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Amazon Web Services is a proud Global Technology Sponsor of Startup Weekend. They provide startups with the tools needed to get up and running quickly at a low cost, allowing you to fail quickly and experiment often.

 


Prepare to win the Activate Circle from AWS by following the judging criteria below. As we get closer to November, every Circle will have a page at globalstartupbattle.co with all the details, official rules, and instructions on how to enter.

Judging Criteria

The Amazon Judging Panel will judge the qualified Entries using the following judging criteria:

  • Implementation and integration of AWS Paid Services: Amazon Glacier, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS), Amazon Mechanical Turk, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Amazon Simple Email Service (SES), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Redshift, Amazon OpsWorks (collectively, the “Paid Services”)
  • Originality and creativity
  • Likelihood of long-term success and scalability
  • Effectiveness in addressing a need in the marketplace.
  • We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to select fewer than 3 Prize Winners if we do not receive a minimum of 6 eligible and qualified Entries from such category.

 


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What is a ‘Circle’?

A Circle is a themed battle within Global Startup Battle. Based on different ways to qualify, GSB startup teams can enter one or more of the Circles our GSB partners are hosting. Every Circle has it’s own prizes, eligibility requirements, and judging criteria. This means more ways to win and more prizes than in previous years. It also means ALL teams will qualify for one or more of the themed Circle battle, even those not winning on the local level. With Circles, every single Startup Weekend team formed at every event during GSB will have a chance at startup glory! Stay tuned as we reveal all the Circles and how you can qualify for each.