AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Category: Nonprofit

Solving a Patient Need: GameChanger Charity Brings VR and AR to Hospitals

Established in 2007, GameChanger Charity, through their use of Amazon Sumerian, has become a world leader in providing virtual reality and augmented reality experiences to hospital patients. These VR and AR experiences allow patients to escape the stark white walls that surround them in the hospital while simultaneously providing a sense of community and excitement.

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Promoting Cloud Skills for Youth Around the Globe

Training and skill-building for youth features prominently in the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Quality, inclusive, and relevant education for all is a key factor in breaking cycles of poverty and reducing gender inequalities worldwide. We are highlighting three organizations who dedicated to equipping youth and young adults with the skills needed to be successful in a changing global economy, and also sharing AWS programs that help build a pipeline of tech talent for the future.

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Ten Highlights from the 2018 AWS Public Sector Summit – DC

From skin cancer detection through the SkinVision app to a virtual tour of the White House through the White House Experience app, technology is bringing the previously unimaginable into the hands of the public. Over 100 customers shared their stories of cloud transformation at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C, and we had a front row seat to the action.

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Announcing the 2018 City on a Cloud Winners – Congratulations!

Today, AWS announced the winners of the 2018 AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. The City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge encourages cities, counties, universities, and organizations serving underserved populations to look to the cloud as they work to make the world a better place. From STEM-based collaboration to disaster recovery, this year’s winners have big plans for the cloud.

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Internet of (Good) Things: Technology for Creating Global Good

Data collected by the Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be used by organizations to measure the effectiveness of their work and steer their interventions towards greater impact for global good. By creating a culture of data, organizations and stakeholders are able to self-correct, evaluate, and improve health systems. But even with multiplying interventions based around IoT, many global health initiatives lack the transparent and objective field data needed.

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A Visit to Latin America: Collaboration with the Cloud

During my recent visit to Latin America, I was enchanted by the beauty, grace, and passion of tango dance during a show at the Buenos Aires Faena Hotel. The dancers reflect the Argentine people – honoring their history, tradition, and culture, but are not afraid to innovate, take chances, and lead. I was also amazed with the beauty of the Andes, delivering strength, power, a quiet peace and gentle inspiration. It is with this backdrop that I met with AWS customers in Latin America to discuss the power of cloud computing.

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Announcing the 2018 City on a Cloud Finalists

This year’s City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge saw a variety of applications from countries around the globe. Nominations included cities, counties, universities, and, for the first time, a diversity category (We Power Tech) using the cloud to improve the lives of their constituents. Learn more about the finalists and their projects, including emergency response and disaster preparedness, collaborative learning, securing elections, and more.

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3 Nonprofits to Know on World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, we are reminded it is up to all of us to better steward the finite resources of our planet. From limiting your utilization of single-use plastics to considering how a move to the cloud could help your organization reduce its overall energy consumption, each action matters. AWS provides infrastructure technology to nonprofits around the world who preserve and protect our environment, enabling not only mission-critical work, but also efficiencies in energy usage.

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