AWS launches BugBust contest: Help fix a $100m problem for a $12 tshirt

AWS has set up a competition for its customers’ developers to find and fix one million bugs.

AWS CTO Werner Vogels on Friday introduced BugBust, which he described as “the world’s largest bug bashing challenge.”

Eliminate software errors and save millions of dollars using Amazon CodeGuru, and win prizes and glory in the first annual AWS BugBust Challenge, he declared. Let the bug busting begin.

But it’s always worth reading the fine print. Under the rules of the contest, AWS customers appoint a BugBust administrator who creates a BugBust event with a customer-controlled Python or Java code repository (GitHub, GitHub Enterprise, Bitbucket, and AWS CodeCommit repos only). The bugs flagged by the automated detection tool are then made available to participating developers, or players, to fix.

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