Cloud Innovation Centers

Accelerating public sector innovation

The Cloud Innovation Centers (CIC) Program provides an opportunity for nonprofits, education institutions, and government agencies to collaborate with other public sector organizations on their most pressing challenges, test new ideas with Amazon’s innovation process, and access the technology expertise of AWS.

Any nonprofit, education, or government organization can apply to work on a challenge with our global network of public sector-led innovation centers. Organizations bring their expertise and work through a challenge engagement, uncover new ways to solve complex problems, and publish their lessons learned to further drive public sector innovation.

AWS Cloud Innovation Centers

What's new

How Downtown Phoenix is using the power of a digital twin to create a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive future

Arizona State University's Smart City Cloud Innovation Center helped create a "digital twin" of Downtown Phoenix that can be used to improve the everyday lives of its citizens.

Becoming data-driven: Lessons from tackling Durban’s water crisis

AWS is helping eThekwini leaders solve a pressing problem, ensuring that all their residents have a reliable supply of water and helping them jumpstart a data-driven culture for further innovation.

Smart cities, health and wellbeing, and digital transformation

The CIC program brings students, researchers, and the technology expertise of AWS together to solve public sector challenges and gives students the opportunity to engage in project-based learning. Check out some of the CIC challenges during the third quarter of 2020.

NITI Aayog and AWS establish Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center in India

The NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies CIC is the first AWS CIC in India, and first around the world for AWS that is set up in collaboration with a government agency at a national level.

Students learn by doing at the Cal Poly DxHub

The Cloud Innovation Centers allow both students and staff at public sector organizations to learn as they collaborate and work through challenges. Teams access leading innovation processes and have the opportunity to apply cloud technology to real-world problems in the public sector. Learn more about how students at Cal Poly benefit from experiential learning at the Digital Transformation Hub.

Identify challenges

Identify challenges

Start with a problem in your community and work with a CIC to find new approaches to solving challenges.

Innovate

Innovate

Give your team the freedom to experiment with innovation techniques that have been built into Amazon’s DNA.

Solve complex problems

Solve complex problems

Bring people with diverse experiences together and work towards new solutions for complex challenges.  

Scale

Scale

Publish results open source to help people across the world learn from CIC collaborations.

Work with leading public sector organizations

Learn more about each public sector innovation program and how your organization can apply to work on a challenge.

Latest blog posts

Improving public safety and innovating through voice and video technology

Check out some stories of digital prototypes the CICs have published over the last few months that focus on improving public safety, adapting to the pandemic, and innovating through voice and video technology.

5 lessons for university leaders preparing for a return to campus and how the cloud can help

The AWS education team recently convened a small group of university leaders for a roundtable discussion to learn about how higher education institutions innovated to support learning, teaching, health and administrative processes, campus culture, and physical infrastructure.

Improving pandemic response, citizen services, and assessing beehive health

Learn more about some of the digital solutions on challenges the CIC team published over the last quarter such as working to prevent opioid overdose, discovering new coronaviruses, and using machine learning to monitor beehive health.

Using AI to rethink document automation and extract insights

Document automation helps reduce human entry error and provide backup services in case of natural disaster.

View all »

Collaborate with students and the community

Swinburne is collaborating with students and the community to drive innovation at the Data for Social Good CIC.

E-Scooter Surface Classification

E-Scooter Surface Classification

Learn how a California city is working to ensure e-scooters stay off sidewalks for pedestrian safety.

Ask Alexa About Water Quality

Ask Alexa About Water Quality

See how a water control board worked to innovate and find more ways to engage the public.

Digital Evidence Collection

Digital Evidence Collection

Explore how technology can be leveraged to improve compliance in digital evidence collection.

Pest Management Chatbot for Strawberry Farmers

Pest Management Chatbot for Strawberry Farmers

How can technology support innovations in farming? Learn about a new chatbot prototype.

Smart Cow Tracking for Cattle Ranchers

Smart Cow Tracking for Cattle Ranchers

Read about a solution for cattle ranchers to improve tracking cow location and temperature.

Measuring the Impact of Offshore Wind Energy on Deep Sea Animals

Measuring the Impact of Offshore Wind Energy on Deep Sea Animals

Learn about the prototype for researchers to assess the impact potential of offshore wind energy to the deep-water ocean ecosystem.

Contact AWS Cloud Innovation Centers