AWS Public Sector Blog

July 2019 top blog roundup

From new collaborations to cloud degree announcements, take a look at the AWS Public Sector blog’s greatest hits this past month:

1. First University-Based Cloud Innovation Centre in Canada to Open in Early 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of a Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Part of an ongoing relationship between AWS and UBC, the CIC will provide students, staff, and faculty access to cloud technology to advance research projects, while employing Amazon’s innovation processes. The CIC is the first of its kind in Canada. Read more.

2. Highlights from the 2019 IMAGINE: A Better World, A Global Education Conference

Over 1,000 students, educators, university presidents, college administrators, superintendents, and business leaders from 43 different countries met in Seattle, Washington, to discuss the opportunities in the world of education, and how AWS can be used to create innovative solutions. The conference revolved around three core themes: building the workforce of tomorrow, innovation and transformation, and the role of machine learning in education. Read more.

3. Call for Proposals for the 2019 Amazon Research Awards

Amazon announced the 11 focus areas of the 2019 Amazon Research Awards, a program that provides up to $80,000 in funding and up to $20,000 in AWS Promotional Credits to academic researchers investigating topics related to machine learning (ML). This is the fifth year of the program, which in 2018 funded 82 projects. Each grant is intended to support the work of one or two graduate students or postdocs, under the supervision of a tenured faculty member, for one year. Last year’s grant recipients represented 60 universities in 14 countries, and their projects spanned topics from security, privacy and abuse prevention to automatic photo and video captioning to robotics. Read more.

4. Three Major AWS Educate Cloud Degree Announcements

Building off of momentum on AWS Educate’s Cloud Degree initiative from last year, including the launch of the 19-school California Cloud offering and the cloud degree launched last year with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), AWS Educate has been working around the world to bring cloud opportunities to students from the US to the UK. The AWS Educate Cloud Degree initiative is a collaborative effort between AWS Educate and leading educational institutions to develop degrees and certificates in cloud computing that will prepare students from colleges, vocational schools, and technical academies for in-demand cloud jobs. Read more.

5. Instructure Collaborates with AWS Educate to Integrate Cloud Computing Content into the Canvas LMS

Instructure is announcing a new offering in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Canvas Learning Management Platform users with AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to build cloud skills that will help students land jobs. This offering provides one-click access to AWS Educate, granting students and teachers seamless registration. The offering includes a series of tools for educators to help them design, build, and launch new courses and modules. This is available for all students in cloud computing and project-based learning environments, making grading fast and easy. Read more.

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