AWS Public Sector Blog
Announcing the AWS Public Sector Summit Online and a special Fix This podcast series
This spring certainly looks different for everyone, everywhere—COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives in many ways. Usually at this time, I am able to meet in-person with customers around the globe through our Summit series. But with everyone’s health as our top priority, we have shifted the format of our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC.
I am happy to share that the first AWS Public Sector Summit Online will happen virtually on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Registration is now open, and we are building an experience that you will be able to access right from your own home. We hope to “see” you there, where we’ll have a day of virtual sessions, moderated chats and interactive experiences to help you come away with what you need.
It is my hope that we can continue to build and connect with one another, even if our surroundings look a bit different than they have in the past. In the coming weeks, you will see more details, so please register today to save your spot.
Leading up to the Summit, I am also excited to announce the release of a new, five-part series of the Fix This podcast. I will be one of the guest hosts, and I look forward to speaking with government, education, and healthcare customers about how they are solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges with technology. The first one is now live, and you can stream it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, Overcast, iHeartRadio, and via RSS.
In this first episode, I sat down with four AWS leaders to discuss the unique challenges our customers face globally. Sandy Carter, vice president of worldwide public sector partners and programs at AWS, joined me to talk about the inspiring work we’ve seen from our partners. From standing up call centers with Amazon Connect to building innovative solutions to support remote work and learning, our partners have played a critical role in helping organizations of all sizes continue to deliver on their missions.
I also caught up with Maggie Carter, global lead for the AWS disaster response program. Maggie shared how her experience in disaster and crisis response has helped inform a global response to COVID-19, including a brand new program, the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (AWS DDI). In times like these, I love seeing so many people come together to collectively work toward a solution.
In the second half of the episode, I chatted with Blair Anderson, director within AWS public policy. Blair helped us understand some of the common hurdles facing governments in their journeys to the cloud. As governments look to support citizens, what role does the cloud play, and how has this time challenged us all to think of innovative ways to serve citizens?
And last, but not least, we heard from John Dancy, director of professional services at AWS, about what his team has seen and learned from helping organizations and governments migrate large, mission-critical applications to the cloud.
I’m looking forward to the next four episodes where we’ll take a deeper dive into education, government, and healthcare stories to hear directly from customers about all of their recent, innovative work.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback, so please leave us a comment. Listen to Fix This to stay up to date with all of our conversations, and I hope you will join us and register for the AWS Public Sector Summit Online today.