AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Category: Public Sector

Funding opportunity! 2019 AWS Imagine Grant Open

Calling all nonprofits with technology-driven projects! We are now accepting applications for the 2019 AWS Imagine Grant Program from eligible 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States. New this year, organizations have the opportunity to receive up to $100,000 in unrestricted funding and up to $100,000 in AWS Promotional Credits, in addition to other capacity-building resources, including AWS training and implementation support.

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Expanded Cloud Computing Capabilities for Compliance-Driven and Regulated Organizations with AWS GovCloud (US)

Since announcing the opening of the second AWS GovCloud (US) Region last year, we continue to focus on driving innovation and access to new services and infrastructure. This year, we launched over 220 services and features into the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. This includes some of our customers’ most requested AWS services such as Amazon S3 Glacier, AWS PrivateLink, AWS Transit Gateway, AWS Resource Access Manager (RAM), Amazon Route 53, and Amazon Workspaces. We’ve also made it easier for customers to centrally manage compliance, access, licenses, deployment, and billing for workloads in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions with the recent launches of AWS Organizations, AWS Service Catalog, and AWS License Manager.

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Get started on your path to an ATO

Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS is an AWS Partner Network (APN) program, which provides resources to solution providers running on AWS who need assistance in their pursuit of a compliance authorization. This includes the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and many other compliance programs.

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Earth & Space on AWS Public Sector Summit 2019 Keynote – Recap

“The earth is breathing, the earth is speaking, but are we listening?” said Dr. Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From the warming of Earth over the decades to the resulting melting of the Greenland ice shelf (which can correspond to a 6-meter rise in sea levels), the Earth’s vital signs are real. “But we need to understand the Earth to save it,” said Lori Garver, CEO of Earthrise Alliance. What can we all do to address these issues?

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Announcing Cloud Grants to Improve Understanding of Our Planet

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) announced the 21 projects from 17 developing countries that will be awarded $1.5 million USD worth of cloud services, grants, and technical support through the Earth Observation Cloud Credits Programme. Under the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI), this programme will enable Earth observations and applications to support sustainable environmental development including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub, powered by AWS, to accelerate satellite-driven innovation in education and the public sector

Cal Poly has announced the Satellite Data Solutions (SDS) Initiative to support the growing opportunity to solve the planets most critical challenges with low earth orbit (LEO) satellite data. The DxHub will work closely with the AWS Ground Station team to test and improve satellite connectivity and improve access to satellite-acquired data to solve problems. Through the DxHub and the SDS Initiative, students and faculty will have access to AWS services, technologies, and technical expertise to experiment with ‘born-in-the-cloud’ solutions that build on, and add to, space-based data analytics.

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20 Public Sector Partners Achieve Government and Education Competencies

AWS Competency Partners have the expertise to help you succeed at each stage of your cloud journey. The AWS Competency Program helps you identify and choose top APN Partners that have been vetted, validated, and verified by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Guidance from these partners can provide value-added services and solutions, leading to bigger results that help organizations at any stage of their cloud adoption journey. At the AWS Public Sector Summit, we highlighted the following APN Partners who were recently awarded AWS Government and Education Competency designations.

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Building a Website that Brings the Outdoors, Indoors

Recreation.gov is your gateway to discover America’s Outdoors and more. From trip planning to information sharing to reservations, the webpage is the one-stop shop to plan your American adventure. As a digital portal to 3,500 federal areas and over 100,000 facilities and activities, the webpage needs the right technology to bring the outdoors to your computer screen. Booz Allen Hamilton designed a new Recreation.gov website that launched in the fall of 2018 that runs completely on AWS. The website personalizes the user experience through data analytics and recommendation engines, while keeping all data secure.

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