Amazon Web Services (AWS) brings computer vision, 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 vision APIs including Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon LexAmazon Translate, and Amazon Rekognition to gain customer insights, personalize content recommendations, identify celebrities, objects and scenes, and much more!

Use AWS Lambda to run the code and business logic for your intelligent application. Using Lambda with machine learning services by AWS enables a serverless architecture, meaning you can run the application without having to manage, scale, or operate any servers or infrastructure.

See resources to learn more about machine learning and serverless from AWS and inspiration for some ideas on what you can build.


AWS Machine Learning Services Portfolio


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$11,200 in prizes

First Place

• $5,000 USD
• $2,500 in AWS Credits

Second Place

• $3,000 USD
• $1,500 in AWS Credits

Third Place

• $2,000 USD
• $1,000 in AWS Credits

NEW: Honorable Mention (4)

• $300 AWS Credits for each of 4 Honorable Mention submissions

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Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Register for the AWS Artificial Intelligence Challenge on this page.
  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.
  4. Build! Create a new project or add intelligence to an existing project. Shoot your demo video that demonstrates your project in action. Prepare a written summary of your application and what it does.
  5. Provide a way to access your project for judging and testing. Include a link to your repo hosting the AWS ML service code and all deployment files and testing instructions needed for testing your project. (The Github or BitBucket code repository may be public or private. If the repository is private, share access with
  6. Submit your project on before November 7th, 2018 @ 5pm ET and be sure to share the links to access to the repo and the deployment files.


Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft
VP Cloud Architecture Strategy at AWS

Ian Massingham

Ian Massingham
Technical & Developer Evangelism at AWS

Randall Hunt

Randall Hunt
Senior Technical Evangelist at AWS

Nino Bice

Nino Bice
Senior Product Manager at AWS

Humphrey Chen

Humphrey Chen
Rekognition Head Accelerator

Vikram Anbazhagan

Vikram Anbazhagan
Head of PM – Language technologies - AWS

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    (Includes creativity and originality of the idea.)
  • Implementation of the Idea
    (Includes how well AWS machine learning services were leveraged by the developer.)
  • Potential Impact
    (Includes the extent to which the solution can be widely useful.)

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