In case you missed it: August 2020 top blog posts round up
In August 2020, the AWS Public Sector Blog covered cloud workforce development, partner programs for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and minority-owned businesses (MOBs), and more.
For more blog highlights from this month, you can also check out The Brief. Featured stories on this month’s The Brief include: Pivoting and scaling with AWS: Three EdTechs share their journey to support education, and Announcing the IMAGINE: The New World of Education Webinar Series.
States are transforming their workforce and addressing immediate unemployment and re-skilling challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One state—Utah—announced a plan to train and certify 5,000 students for cloud careers by June 2022. Yesterday, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the statewide initiative, enable training at Utah technical schools, community colleges, universities, and select K12 career and technical education schools with access to AWS education and training programs. Read this story.
Launched in 2018 as a two-day in-person cloud education program for government officials, AWS has redesigned AWS DigiGov in a virtual format. AWS DigiGov is a two-day education program with curriculum based on the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. Through lectures, cloud-based curriculum, and hands-on labs, participants representing federal, provincial, and municipal government learn to use the cloud within their environment and remove barriers to the cloud technology. Read this story.
According to the World Bank, SMEs account for about 90 percent of all companies. At AWS, more than half of our partners serving the public sector are fast-growing SMEs and MOBs. To support this important partner community, we’re launching a pilot of the Think Big for Small Business Program. Read this story.
AWS and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) announced the creation of the Coronavirus Genome Sequence Dataset to support COVID-19 research. The dataset is hosted by the AWS Open Data Sponsorship Program and accessible on the Registry of Open Data on AWS, providing researchers quick and easy access to coronavirus sequence data at no cost for use in their COVID-19 research. Read this story.
The COVID-19 pandemic magnified the health and financial strain in communities across the country. Before the pandemic hit, Wildfire, a state association for Community Action Agencies, was working with Prefix, an AWS Partner Network Technology Partner, to develop a cloud-based solution for utility and rental assistance. When the City of Phoenix requested they support the distribution of $20 million CARES Act funds, they shifted their resources and existing infrastructure and, in a matter of weeks, stood up a repeatable public-facing solution. Read this story.