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The AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program offers educators recognition, professional development, and exclusive benefits for helping students learn about cloud computing and prepare for the modern workforce. It is a community of engaged academic practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of cloud learning in the classroom.


Member Recognition
  • Recognition at AWS Events
  • Special designation in the AWS Educate portal
  • Inclusion in AWS Educate marketing
  • Ability to share thought leadership with AWS Educate global community
Professional Development
  • Special training at select AWS Events
  • Up to $1,000 in AWS Promotional Credit
  • Monthly office hours with AWS Solutions Architects
  • Quarterly Tech Talks with AWS service teams
Exclusive Access
  • Early access, under NDA, to select AWS services
  • Access to exclusive AWS events
  • Limited edition swag and gear
  • Access to AWS leadership
  • Discounted registration rate for AWS re:Invent

The AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program is available in all locations where AWS Educate is available. The program is available to AWS Educate educator members who are employed at a public or private school, college, university, or nonprofit agency/organization. To avoid conflicts of interest, superintendents, college or university presidents, and other top-level leaders of organizations are ineligible for the program given their official roles for purchasing decisions. Exceptions are evaluated on a case by case basis by the AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program team and the AWS legal team.

If you are not a member of AWS Educate, sign up.


AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program consists of two tiers: the AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Council and the AWS Educate Faculty Ambassadors.

The AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Council is invitation-only and will work closely with AWS Educate’s leadership to impact the future of cloud education. AWS Educate Faculty Ambassadors are selected annually and are leaders in cloud education. They are passionate AWS enthusiasts who teach students about the cloud and are interested in joining a community of experienced academic practitioners.  

To become an AWS Educate Faculty Ambassador, educators must:

  1. Be a member of AWS Educate. If you are not a member, sign up.
  2. During the annual submission period, complete a brief Faculty Ambassador application in the AWS Educate educator portal specific to the ACE initiatve. Annual submission periods are in Q1 of each year.
  3. Create and submit an original video documenting your current work. An example can be found in the AWS Educate educator portal.
In order to be a good standing member, AWS Educate Faculty Ambassadors are expected to:
  • Attend a virtual kickoff event and participate in a semiannual update call
  • Participate in at least two quarterly AWS Educate program feedback calls
  • Complete member survey (max. 2 per year)
  • Participate in at least one special interest group
  • Stay knowledgable about the effective use of AWS Educate's programs, features, and services
  • Share their knowledge and best practices with other educators
  • Membership standing is evaluated annually
Educator Recognition
  • Signed physical certificate
  • Portable digital credential
  • Recognition on educator’s AWS Educate member profile
  • Recognition in AWS Educate member portal
Professional Development
  • Additional AWS Promotional Credits
  • Monthly office hours with AWS Solutions Architects to discuss AWS services and features
  • Quarterly AWS tech talks including Q&A with AWS product teams
  • Share thought leadership perspectives to other educators in the AWS community via blog posts, webinars, regional training events, and more
  • No-cost, one-day professional development opportunity at select AWS Public Sector Summits
Exclusive Access
  • Access to quarterly AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program newsletter
  • Discounted registration rate for AWS re:Invent, AWS Summits, and Imagine EDU conferences (whenever available)
  • Access to special receptions at specific AWS-hosted events
  • Opportunity for beta access for new AWS features/services
  • Exclusive AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program swag/gear
  • Private section on AWS Educate educator portal for AWS Educate Faculty Ambassador members with member-only information

An AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program member is:

  • Effective – They go beyond creating cool things with AWS, and show the results of their students.
  • Innovative – They motivate students and peers to learn about technology, specifically AWS.
  • An expert in AWS – They know AWS technology at an advanced level, and they stay on top of trends.
  • A community builder – They build relationships and strengthen ties within their academic communities.
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University of Pennsylvania

True cloud expertise starts with hands-on learning. When Professor Zachary Ives decided to integrate AWS Educate into his classroom, his students immediately had access to the computing power they needed to be able to experiment and innovate. See how Professor Ives created real-world curricula that took students from theory to practice to understanding using AWS Educate.



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British Columbia Institute of Technology

Using AWS and AWS Educate, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), equips students with cloud-computing resources and skills to help them succeed after they finish school. BCIT is one of Canada's largest post-secondary polytechnic schools. Students at BCIT use their AWS Educate credits for compute resources used in labs, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Simple Storage Service, and Amazon Route 53. These exercises move from theory into practice, helping students get the skills they need to secure a job after graduation.

Miami Dade College

"Miami Dade College is the largest and most diverse institution of higher education in the U.S., offering an exceptional learning environment to our students. Our acclaimed School of Engineering and Technology is dedicated to advancing workforce education through innovative solutions and industry partnerships, and we are excited to integrate AWS Educate into our curricula beginning this fall. AWS Educate will provide our students with in-depth, project-based learning opportunities and access to AWS' cutting-edge technology, helping to give our students a competitive advantage in obtaining fast-paced, high-paying jobs upon graduation.”

Dr. Djuradj Babic, Director, School of Engineering and Technology, Miami Dade College

Miami Dade

Carnegie Mellon University

“In my course at Carnegie Mellon University, roughly 500 students per year utilize AWS Educate in both face-to-face and distance learning environments, and more than 20 of my peers teach with it. In my own classroom, AWS Educate has been transformative. My students work on real-world data, projects, and infrastructure that give them practical experience.”

Dr. Majd Sakr, Computer Science Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon

Cornell University

"Cornell Tech is a revolutionary model for graduate school, forging a new intersection between academia and industry, so we were excited to be among the first universities to use AWS Educate. The content, training, and educator collaboration Amazon has launched to accelerate cloud-related learning has become a great complement to our entrepreneurial programs."

Greg Pass, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Cornell Tech


AWS Educate provides its members with free access to learning content and AWS services designed to build knowledge and skills in cloud computing. It is available globally to students who are 14 or older, with the exceptions of China, Switzerland, and EU countries (16 or older); and Algeria, Lebanon, and Portugal (18 or older). The AWS Educate Terms & Conditions govern participation in the AWS Educate Program. Use of AWS Promotional Credits are subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions.