AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Ingest Data from Orbiting Satellites and Save up to 80% with AWS Ground Station

Satellites are used by an increasing number universities and governments for applications including weather, surface imaging, communications, and video broadcasts. To do this today, they must build or obtain long-term leases on ground antennas to communicate with the satellites. This is a significant undertaking and cost because customers often require antennas in multiple countries to maintain satellite connectivity. Beginning with the recently announced AWS Ground Station, customers can save up to 80% of their ground station costs by only paying for satellite communications when their organization needs them.

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Announcing New Upgrades to the AWS Educate Job Board, Including the AWS Educate Interview Accelerator

AWS Educate released significant enhancements to its job board and career-management tools for members to create a pipeline of cloud-ready students for companies that use AWS. The program, available at no cost to students and educators around the world, is also launching the AWS Educate Interview Accelerator in the U.S. and then followed by additional countries, putting qualified students in the fast lane to job opportunities.

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Announcing ATO on AWS

We announced the Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS program, which provides resources to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who aspire to achieve a compliance authorization, such as FedRAMP, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Payment Card Industry (PCI), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and many other compliance programs.

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Connect with AWS Government, Education and Nonprofit Competency Partners at re:Invent

With re:Invent 2018 just a few days away, take the opportunity to meet our AWS Public Sector Competency Partners who will be sponsoring an exhibiting with us in Las Vegas. Within the APN, the AWS Competency Program validates our partners’ solutions to ensure they have deep expertise and proven customer success in their chosen focus areas – government, education, and nonprofits.

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EPFL Designs Robots through Artificial Evolution

RoboGen™ is an open-source educational and research platform for the co-evolution of robot bodies and brains. It was developed at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL led by Professor Dario Floreano with the focus on evolving robots, which has a capability to introduce new body morphology and actuation that have never been imagined before. The team’s goal is to develop a low-cost, simple and versatile platform for research, answering questions around embodied cognition, crossing the reality gap, and learning via Darwinian principles.

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Coventry University Migrates Moodle to AWS

Coventry University’s logo includes “the Phoenix,” which mirrors the university’s ability to reinvent itself. Coventry University has been on a continuous cycle of reinvention over the past 175 years – from its origins as the Coventry School of Design in 1843 through to its growth as a technical college in 1902. Having gained university status in 1992, Coventry’s reinvention has led it to become the top modern university in the UK.

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GÉANT Framework Agreement: Education and Research Built on AWS

Students, educators, and researchers are key drivers of technological innovation and the backbone of modern economies. The European research community is using AWS technologies to further invent and advance scientific discovery. A few customers who are leading the way in education and research in Europe are the University of Liverpool and the University of York.

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UNIwise Uses AWS to Administer Digital Exams Across Europe

Exams can be stressful for students, but the performance of their testing platform should not be a concern. Students expect the same level of tech they are used to in their daily lives, so universities must keep pace. In 2010, the founders of UNIwise, at the time working in managing positions at Aarhus University in Denmark, identified a student desire to bring and use their own computers for exams. At that time, no technology was available that would prevent cheating and plagiarism during digital exams.

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