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Johns Creek wins Amazon’s City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge

June 20, 2018

Alexa skill awardThe City of Johns Creek won the Best Practices Award for Amazon’s “City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.” 

The award recognizes the City’s development of a municipal Amazon Alexa skill, which leverages Johns Creek’s open data portal (DataHub). Winners were announced today at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C.

Johns Creek is the first city in the world to use open data with Amazon Alexa, which pulls information from the Johns Creek website and DataHub to answer users’ questions.
 
This new Amazon Alexa skill makes key data about the city's operations more accessible to citizens through the skill and Alexa's natural language question-answer workflow. By simply asking the "City of Johns Creek" skill, users can find out information such as where police and fire activity has occurred, what the current traffic conditions are, and even learn more about what the zoning is of any property in Johns Creek.