We’re happy to share the news of yet another feather in Minnesota’s tech community cap. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge has recognized Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) for two projects completed in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The first, a Point of Dispensing (POD) Medical PreCheck and POD Locator Applications, was named a winner in the “Constituent Services Award.” Another project, using AI and machine learning tech to quickly scan documents for personally identifiable information (PII), was a finalist in the “Dream Big Award” category.

The annual City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge spotlights regional and local governments, private and public schools and districts, and organizations that innovate with the goal of serving the public sector.

“We are excited by the opportunities that cloud-based services can provide the state, and proud of our teams that are embracing the new technology to provide better service for Minnesota,” MNIT Commissioner Tarek Tomes said in a release. “With the MDH applications serving as a model, we will continue to leverage innovative capabilities that cloud-based services provide.”