SINGAPORE, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Wednesday (November 24) the four startups from Asia Pacific that made it as far as the semifinals of their annual Start-Up Challenge. Into its fourth year, the competition seeks to honour start-ups using AWS's offerings for excellence and innovation in building their businesses. This year saw the participation of young companies from 22 countries spanning the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.
AWS named the following regional semi-finalists from Asia Pacific:-
* LabSlice (Australia): LabSlice allows businesses to create demos, evaluations and training environments that are stored in the AWS cloud which can be easily shared.
* Kaggle (Australia): Kaggle provides statistical/analytics outsourcing on AWS cloud via global data modeling competitions for businesses and researchers to upload datasets and problems, allowing data scientists to submit solutions and compete for prizes.
* Dialify (India): Dialify builds applications and social games on AWS cloud, with dynamic audio interfaces for easy delivery over telecommunication networks in India.
* Cinemacraft (Japan): Cinemacraft provides a single platform for mobile as well as IPTV services on AWS cloud that enables the delivery of high quality live video or video on demand on networks such as 2.5G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, broadband.
A fifth company, Mediology from India, which provides software-as-a-service solution on AWS cloud that enable print publishers to digitise their print content, add social media interactivity and distribute the content via web and mobile devices, was also named one of the seven global finalists.
According to a statement just released by AWS, All contestants are evaluated based on the originality and creativity, the likelihood of long-term success and scalability, how well they address a need in the marketplace, and the degree to which the business implements and integrates the pay-as-you-go technology platform and services offered by AWS.
The statement also enumerated prizes slated for each qualifying semi-finalist, finalist and ultimate winner of the global competition: Regional semi-finalists will receive US$2,500 in AWS service credits. Global finalists will receive US$10,000 in AWS service credits and a trip to Palo Alto, CA., U.S.A for the final judging and awards ceremony. The global grand prize winner will be awarded US$50,000 cash, US$50,000 in AWS service credits, premium support services and technical mentorship from Amazon Web Services for one year, as well as a possible investment offer from Amazon.
The grand finals are scheduled for December 8, will be held in Palo Alto, CA, USA, and its proceedings will be streamed live across the Web.
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