AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Category: Public Sector

How to Get Started with Alexa Skill Blueprints for Higher Education

Earlier this year, we announced Alexa Skill Blueprints, a way for anyone to create a variety of Alexa skills for personal use by just filling in the blanks. Now, we are adding the ability to publish skills created using Alexa Skill Blueprints to the Alexa Skills Store, so tens of millions of Alexa customers can discover, use, and review your skill. These new tools for content creators enable organizations to reach anyone with an Alexa-enabled device, simply by adding their content into an Alexa Skill Blueprint.

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Students Hack for Social Impact – Hoya Hacks

Georgetown University’s Hoya Hacks recently hosted a hackathon for social impact as part of the official Major League Hacking (MLH) 2019 season. Two hundred students from around the Washington, D.C, metro area spent 36 hours on campus building solutions on a variety of themes— gender equality, cybersecurity, digital forensics, and social innovation.

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AWS Educate Now Available in 10 Languages

AWS Educate’s 11 foundational Cloud learning Career Pathways are now available in ten new languages – Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Bahasa. Now, more students around the world have access to the skills that will provide them access to cloud-based careers and opportunities.

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Modernize voting and increase turnout with the cloud

After missing several elections as a graduate student living away from home, Seth Flaxman set out to build a reminder system alongside friend and classmate Kathryn Peters so no one would have to miss an election again. Energized by a vision to make voting a simple, seamless experience, Seth and Kathryn started Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the status quo. Democracy Works set out to build the tools needed to upgrade the infrastructure of our democracy and improve the voting experience for voters and election officials.

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Apply for AWS credits to build Earth observation applications that support environmental and development goals

To help countries realize the potential of Earth observations for sustainable development, we are teaming with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to provide $1.5 million worth of cloud services for projects that improve understanding of our planet. Eligible government agencies and research institutions can apply for up to $100,000 of AWS Promotional Credits to build Earth observations applications that support environmental and development goals, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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From data silos to data domains – Bringing common data together

Although more customers every day are using AWS to build, run and gain insights from data lakes, the journey to a data lake for many organizations can be one of uncertainty, and a path that may even seem too difficult to attempt. In this blog, we will discuss the challenges organizations can face with siloed data and how data from disparate systems can be brought together using data domains.

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Complying with DHS Emergency Directive 19-01 on AWS

On January 22, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted Emergency Directive 19-01, “Mitigate DNS Infrastructure Tampering.” The directive states that the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of multiple executive branch agency domains that were impacted by a DNS tampering campaign. The directive requires that by February 5th agencies must take four specific actions. For each action, we suggest guidance below for AWS customers.

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