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Category: Public Sector

Alexa Announcements at ISTE 2019

This week, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) team is at the 2019 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ISTE supports educators as they rethink the status quo and use technology to drive good practice. At the event, ACT, Frontline Education, and Kahoot! are rolling out Alexa Skills that make it possible for customers to engage with their products through Alexa.

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Earth Science Information Partners: Promoting Innovation for Earth Science Data

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a US-based nonprofit organization funded by NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. ESIP is playing a critical role in facilitating collaborative efforts to improve the collection, stewardship, and use of Earth science data and information. As part of the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, we invited Dr. Annie Burgess, ESIP Lab Director, to share the story of how ESIP is advancing knowledge of Earth-system science.

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University of Nicosia in Cyprus turns to the cloud to better serve its students

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is the largest university in Cyprus, and it is located in Nicosia, the capital. UNIC is a global university with more than 12,000 students from over 70 countries. Beyond Nicosia, UNIC has a presence in 18 additional cities across the globe. It’s the largest university in southern Europe that teaches primarily in English. To better serve its students, UNIC turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for reliability, cost savings, and innovation.

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Unleashing Seismic Modeling at Scale: We Can’t Stop Quakes, But We Can Be Better Prepared

The terrible headlines are all too familiar. A major earthquake strikes, with a devastating impact on lives, economies, and the environment. The initial event often triggers additional disasters, such as fires or tsunamis that unleash substantial damage. The 2004 Indian Ocean undersea earthquake spawned a tsunami that took more than 225,000 lives. More than 100,000 people were lost as a result of a 7.0 temblor in Haiti in 2010. In some cases, the impact of a major seismic event will continue for decades or longer, as we’ve seen in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011.

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ACT to release a new Alexa Skill to help students prepare for the ACT test

Every year, students across the U.S. and around the globe begin preparing for college entrance exams. These tests are a key component of any student’s application to college. The ACT, a nonprofit organization that administers the ACT test, wanted to make the process of researching, studying for, and taking the ACT less stressful for students and parents. Today, they are announcing a new Alexa skill that helps guide high school students through the process of preparing for and taking the ACT.

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Building a Developer Community in the Public Sector

At the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington D.C, we unveiled a number of activities for developers. Developers were able to get hands-on and build solutions, learn from developers in the community, meet and join user groups in the mid-Atlantic area, and even see projects currently being built using AWS products and solutions.Take a look back at the activities that kept developers busy at the Summit.

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A Fireside Chat with Andy Jassy at the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC

Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO, Andy Jassy, spoke with Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at AWS, in a fireside chat at the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. The conversation spanned a variety of topics including how AWS is helping public sector customers accelerate their pace of innovation, how organizations can leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence, the unwavering support of AWS for our defense and national security customers, and the critical nature of moving fast to solve public sector challenges.

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15 Highlights from the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit Keynote

As cloud transforms the public sector, every organization has the ability to think big and transform their ability to achieve their mission. From enabling the workforce to securing data to finding the right tool for the right job, organizations can design for a future of continual innovation, enabled by AWS. See below for the 15 highlights, speakers, and announcements from the Tuesday Keynote at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC.

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George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College Announce the Region’s First Bachelor’s Degree for Cloud Computing with AWS Educate

George Mason University (Mason) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), in collaboration with AWS Educate, announced a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) pathway in cloud computing. This degree offers students a seamless transfer pathway from a two-year associate degree to a four-year bachelor degree in the cloud, providing a clear path to high-demand careers in cloud computing at AWS partners and customers.

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