AWS + LWJ — build a retro app, win a prize!

Watch the episode for inspiration

See how Dev, Ben, Lindsay, and Jason tackled the challenge to get your creative gears turning!

What is AWS Amplify?

AWS Amplify has everything you need to create and deploy web and mobile apps in just a few hours! In this challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to get started with AWS and level up your skill set.

Amplify has a variety of features that you can use in this challenge.

  • Data - Build secure, real-time APIs backed by AWS databases.
  • Auth - Enable secure authentication flows and control access to data, files, and more.
  • Storage - Storage and manage app content and data.
  • Fuctions - Add functions and configure environment variables.
  • Hosting - Deploy your website globally.

To get started, use the quickstart guide. Amplify is part of the AWS free tier!

We’re giving away a dream desk setup!

In every episode of Web Dev Challenge, developers from around the community challenge themselves to build an app that meets a prompt and uses a given tool.

Now you can be one of those devs! Build your own take on the app prompt and submit it to the showcase to learn something new, show off your work, have some fun with the web dev community, and learn (or practice) practical skills.

And, as a bonus, one dev will win a dream desk setup: Ugmonk’s complete Gather collection.

The complete Gather Collection from Ugmonk

Enter to win this dream desk setup! Credit: Ugmonk

The prompt: “build a retro games-themed web app using AWS Amplify”

For this episode, the devs are building a web app for any kind of retro gaming theme they can think of. A Dr. Mario tournament app? Pong leaderboard? Investment advice for Monopoly players? It’s all fair game!

Amazon Web Services is sponsoring this episode and giveaway, and the apps must be built using AWS Amplify, which can be used for the frontend deployment and/or for the backend of your web app.

How to enter

If you want to play along, here’s how to enter:

  1. Build a web app that has a retro games theme
  2. Spend 30 minutes or less on planning your app
  3. Spend 4 hours or less on building your app
  4. Use AWS Amplify as part of your web app
  5. Release the source code as a public GitHub repo
  6. Publish the web app to a public URL
  7. Submit your web app using the form below by 11:59 pm Pacific on Monday, July 29, 2024

Submit your web app

All apps must be submitted to the Google Form to be eligible to win prizes. App submissions are accepted until 11:59 pm Pacific time on July 29, 2024.

Play along with friends!

If you’re looking for others who are getting involved, we’ve set up a dedicated channel in the Learn With Jason Discord (called #builder-chat) for people to brainstorm, share ideas, and keep each other accountable.

We’ve also got friends from the AWS team available to answer your AWS Amplify questions as you’re building.

Happy building! Let’s have some fun.