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D.C. Small Business Hackathon

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4250 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203, USA

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Eastern Foundry and AWS are jointly organizing a hackathon focused on small business requirements. Public Spend Forum and FedTech are joining the effort. The goal of this Hackathon is to produce platforms/tools/products that a wider community can leverage for the benefit of Small Businesses.

AWS brings natural language processing, speech recognition, text-to-speech, and machine translation within the reach of every developer. Application services by AWS enable developers to plug-in pre-built AI functionality into your apps without having to worry about the machine learning models that power these services.

Put your skills to the test and apply language and vision intelligence to a new or existing application! Use language and speech APIs including Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, and Amazon Translate to gain customer insights, and personalize customer service.



The Challenges:

1. When natural disasters strike, small businesses get impacted significantly. SBA offers various programs to help in such situations, and with this Hackathon challenge, it aims to significantly enhance the quality of call/help center through voice/text-based automation. The goal is to provide a faster/quicker/easier and more accurate customer service through Voice and Text-based apps using AWS Alexa, Comprehend, Polly and Lex.

  • Voice-based (Alexa driven) automated customer service during Disaster Response
  • Text-based (Mobile App driven) automated customer service during Disaster Response
  • Infuse GPS/Location data to provide for relevant answers

2. SBA coordinates SBIR/STTR grants to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D). This challenge is to Produce a tool to help entrepreneurs, VCs, and the government agencies to gain insights in Federal R&D using AWS Analytics and Machine Learning platform:

  • Awardee companies’ probability of success based on various factors such as funding, technology, team size, and many more variables
  • Whether SBIR will meet awardee’s funding goals and improve the chances for success
  • Companies that use SBIR awards to create products (and economic value) vs companies whose business model is to win SBIRs
  • Principal Investigators (PIs) background and the probability of success pre/post-award

Data Sources: Available in the form of APIs, unstructured data as well as semi-structured data

The Prizes:

First Prize

$3,000 USD // $2,500 AWS Promotional Credits* // Featured in an AWS Machine Learning blog post / Swag bag (for up to 5 team members) Swag Bag includes: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Echo spot as well as other non-amazon devices

Second Prize

$2,000 USD // $1,500 AWS Promotional Credits* // Featured in an AWS Machine Learning blog post // Swag bag (for up to 5 team members)

Third Prize

$1,000 USD // $1,000 AWS Promotional Credits* // Featured in an AWS Machine Learning blog post // Swag bag (for up to 5 team members)

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REQUIREMENTS

Main requirements:

Use must use two or more of the following services: Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, Amazon Translate, and/or Amazon Rekognition.


HOW TO ENTER

  1. Register for the Small Business Hackathon.
  2. Create an account on AWS.
  3. Learn about machine learning and serverless from AWS with documentation here in resources and consider inspiration on how to get started.
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