Welcome to the AWS Lab Challenge Contest!
In this contest, you will try to accomplish a series of four AWS programming tasks from a browser-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You'll use the exclusive Cloud Academy lab challenges tool to understand the goals, create the code to solve the problems, and verify your solutions.
Each task within the challenge will allow you to demonstrate your abilities with AWS. Your solutions will be checked in real-time. You can take as many attempts as you need at each task, but only your first successful attempt at the entire challenge will count for the best time competition. The fastest finishers will receive prizes, and everyone who successfully completes the lab challenge will be entered in the drawing for runner-up prizes.
This FAQ contains answers to the following questions:
- Who is eligible?
- My Cloud Academy subscription expired. Do I have to buy a new one to play?
- How do I complete the challenge?
- What are the prizes?
- How long does the challenge take?
- I'm new to Cloud Academy. How can I prepare?
- How can I brush up my knowledge before the contest?
- What if I run into problems during the challenge?
- When will winners be announced?
- What if I complete the lab challenge steps but didn't register for the contest?
Who is eligible?
There is no additional charge to join the challenge. You must have an active subscription or a free account, or start a free trial, to join the challenge. Cloud Academy employees may not join. One entry per person, please.
My Cloud Academy subscription expired. Do I have to reactivate it to play?
Yes. After you reactivate your account, the lab challenge contest is free to join. Just register on the AWS Lab Challenge Contest website. When you get the email about starting the challenge, you'll be able to use your regular credentials to log in and work on the challenge.
How do I complete the challenge?
Everyone who enters must first register on the Lab Challenge Contest website. You can register any time between now and November 7, 2021, when the first challenge will close. You will receive an email with further instructions after you register.
When the first challenge opens, you will be directed to a special AWS lab. Complete it as fast as you can any time before it closes! You'll receive emails for each of the challenges:
- Challenge 1: Opens October 25, 2021. Finish it by November 7, 2021.
- Challenge 2: Opens November 8, 2021. Finish by November 14, 2021.
- Challenge 3: Opens November 15, 2021. Finish it by November 21, 2021.
- Challenge 4: Opens November 29, 2021. Finish it by December 3, 2021.
The five people who complete all four challenges the fastest will win the grand prize. Everyone who registers and successfully completes the challenge will be entered into a drawing for four runner-up prizes.
What are the prizes?
- Fastest time: $1000
- 2nd fastest: $500
- 3rd, 4th, and 5th fastest: $250
Our judges will use system logs to determine the fastest completion. The judges may disqualify entries for any irregularities in the system logs.
Runner-up prizes of Cloud Academy merchandise will be awarded by random drawing to many eligible participants.
How long does the challenge take?
Each lab has a timer during which you must complete all the steps. Most labs have a 60-minute timer. You can start the timer any time between when the challenge opens and when it closes.
After the contest closes, the special lab challenges will remain available as a regular part of the training library for users with paid accounts.
I'm new to Cloud Academy. How can I prepare?
How can I brush up my knowledge before the contest?
You are welcome to review using the AWS training content in the Cloud Academy training library.
Note: If you are using a free account, you may not have access to every piece of AWS training content. You can start a free trial to increase your access.
What if I run into problems during the challenge?
The support team is available via chat (within the lab itself) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help you if you run into problems with the challenge. Note: If technical problems substantially increase the time it takes you to complete the challenge, you may be able to start over. Contact support for help.
Tip: Before the challenge begins, you might want to familiarize yourself with these articles for some tips on dealing with problems with labs:
When will winners be announced?
Winners will be announced by email after all four challenges of the event close.
What if I complete the lab challenge steps but didn't register for the contest?
The special AWS lab challenges for the contest will be available in the regular Cloud Academy training library for anyone to find, even those who did not register for the contest. However, you must register for the contest to be eligible for any prizes.