AWS Public Sector Blog

May 2019 Top Blog Roundup

From inside the classroom to inside the human brain, the blog stretched to new heights this past month. Check out five of our best posts from the month of May:

1. Announcing the Winners of AWS Educate’s Alexa Skills Challenge

From January 24, 2019 – April 22, 2019, AWS Educate hosted the Alexa Skills Challenge for student members in the United States. Students built solutions to address challenges in the academic setting related to student life, learning, and the community. Participants learned and built solutions using a variety of AWS technologies such as machine learning and conversational artificial intelligence. With AWS Educate’s resources and support, participants delivered helpful Alexa Skills. A panel of judges selected a grand prize winner, the top category prize winners, and honorable mentions. And now (drumroll please), here are the winners of the AWS Educate Alexa Skills Challenge. Read more.

2. AWS Educate Announces its Inaugural Cloud Ambassador Cohort

AWS Educate is excited to announce the 2019 cohort for the AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program. The AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program provides leading educators recognition, professional development, and exclusive benefits for helping students learn about cloud computing and prepare for the modern workforce. The program consists of two tiers – the AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Council and AWS Educate Faculty Ambassadors. The select group of AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Council members were invited into the program and represent a diverse group of educators. They will work closely with AWS Educate’s leadership to increase the program’s impact on cloud education. The list of the 2019 AWS Educate Faculty Ambassadors can be found here. Read more.

3. Detect vulnerabilities in the Docker images in your applications

With cyberattacks on the rise against higher education institutions, it is critical to detect vulnerabilities in the Docker images that may run your applications. This involves not just vulnerability scanning of the applications, but of the OS packages installed in a Docker image as well. Read this guest post by Shane Riddell, Technical Fellow, ellucian®.

4. Have you registered for the AWS Public Sector Summit in DC?

The AWS Public Sector Summit Washington, DC, is a chance to get inspired, dive deep, and begin to build. Join the innovators who are building the future with secure, AI-ready cloud services. Connect with colleagues and peers, see what digital transformation looks like, and discover how cloud-based skills empower the workforce of today and tomorrow. Read more to see what you can expect at the Summit.

5. Teaching the Allen Brain Observatory: technical challenges, cloud solutions

The mission of the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to accelerate our understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. As part of this mission, scientists collect massive amounts of data, which is publicly released to help accelerate research in the field of neuroscience. Massive datasets can be challenging to share, so the Allen Institute uses AWS to share them around the world. Read more.

Interested to learn more about the latest AWS updates for the public sector? Join us at the AWS Public Sector Summit June 11-12 in Washington, DC. Register here.

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the AWS Public Sector blog team writes for the government, education, and nonprofit sector around the globe. Learn more about AWS for the public sector by visiting our website (, or following us on Twitter (@AWS_gov, @AWS_edu, and @AWS_Nonprofits).