AWS Public Sector Blog

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

Author: AWS Public Sector Blog Team

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the AWS Public Sector blog team writes for the government, education, and nonprofit sector around the globe. Learn more about AWS for the public sector by visiting our website (https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/), or following us on Twitter (@AWS_gov, @AWS_edu, and @AWS_Nonprofits).

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What you need to know (part 1): The public sector guide to technical sessions at re:Invent 2019

re:Invent 2019 is less than a month away! This year’s conference is going to be the biggest yet, with more than 60,000 attendees and more than 2,500 technical sessions. Check out the AWS Public Sector Guide to re:Invent 2019 and read more details on the technical sessions specific to the public sector.

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Scratch and AWS Educate build new activity for annual Hour of Code

For the second year, Scratch and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate program built a new activity for Code.org’s Hour of Code, the annual global event to introduce students to computer science. Held annually during Computer Science Education Week on December 9-15, the Hour of Code is designed to demystify “code,” show that anybody can learn the basics, and broaden participation in the field of computer sciences.

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SM Educamos uses Alexa to improve school communication with K12 families across Spain

Today, at the Simo Education trade show in Madrid, Spain, SM Educamos, an educational network learning platform, announced the launch of its new Alexa skill SM Educamos. Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the skill is available free of charge to SM Educamos’s one million current users and in more than 1,200 educational centers.

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A snapshot of the Water Observations from Space (WOfS) continental-wide data product from DE Africa for the Bintang Bolong River in The Gambia. Derived from USGS Landsat data, blue and purple colors indicate persistent observations, while red and orange colors indicate more sporadic observations.

Digital Earth Africa: Enabling insights for better decision-making

As part of the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is supporting Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa). DE Africa is enabling African nations to track changes across the continent in unprecedented detail by making Earth observation (EO) data more easily accessible. This will provide valuable insights for better decision-making around prevention and planning in areas including flooding, droughts, soil and coastal erosion, agriculture, forest-cover, land use and land cover change, water availability and quality, and changes to human settlements.

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Cancer Research UK finds freedom and culture change with AWS and the cloud

As nonprofits work toward their missions, resource efficiency is top of mind, so that as much of their budget as possible is dedicated to achieving their mission. Working with limited budgets, nonprofits and charities use the cloud to help them remain lean, scale their missions, and address their skills gaps. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is the world’s largest independent cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through cancer research.

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Modernizing 911 to meet the evolving communications needs of constituents

Emergencies and national disasters can strike at any moment. And with the change in how people communicate – from the internet to cell phones and more – emergency response systems need to be modernized to meet the immediate urgent needs of constituents. Amazon Web Services (AWS) supports many disaster recovery architectures, from those built for smaller workloads to enterprise solutions that enable rapid failover at scale. AWS provides a set of cloud-based disaster recovery services that enable fast recovery of your IT infrastructure and data.

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Name the next Mars Rover – enter the Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest

Know a student in kindergarten through 12th grade? They could name the next Mars Rover. Eligible students can submit a 150-word essay with their Mars Rover name suggestion to the NASA via the Mars 2020 Mission – Name the Rover Contest website. Submissions are due by November 1, 2019. After a finalist from each U.S. state is announced, the public will vote on a final winner. The winner will be announced in February 2020.

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Join AWS Compliance Week to learn how to navigate security and compliance in the public sector

AWS GovCloud (US) isn’t just for government agencies – U.S. commercial companies in aerospace, defense manufacturing, law enforcement, healthcare, financial services, and energy with regulated workloads, sensitive data, and export-controlled data rely on AWS GovCloud (US) to modernize IT. Learn more during next week’s AWS Compliance Week. Themed “Achieving Cloud Compliance and Security in the AWS Cloud,” AWS solutions architects will discuss in five webinars how customers can meet cloud security and compliance challenges using AWS GovCloud (US).

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Data Lifecycle and Analytics in the AWS Cloud guide

Building a data analytics practice across the data lifecycle

Data is an organization’s most valuable asset, and the volume and variety of data that organizations amass is always growing. Simpler data analytics, cheaper data storage, advanced predictive tools like machine learning (ML) and data visualization are necessary to make data-driven decisions and maximize the value of data. The new Data Lifecycle and Analytics in […]

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