Redlands, California—May 27, 2014—Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to help strengthen STEM education through the ConnectED Initiative, Esri President Jack Dangermond announced today that Esri will provide a grant to make Esri’s advanced mapping software running on cloud infrastructure provided by AWS available for free to the more than 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States.

“The connection between STEM education and a 21st Century career path is undeniable, and early experience with technical skill development will help prepare our K-12 students for high-paying, rewarding careers later in life. Geographic information is part of how we view our world today–-not just how to get from here to there, but also in learning to perform analysis, communications and planning functions. We are excited to support the President’s ConnectED initiative and Esri’s effort to bring information and technology into the lives of students by providing free cloud-based infrastructure to K-12 schools across the country to support the ArcGIS initiative.”

Teresa Carlson Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services Inc.

ConnectED is a government education program developed to prepare K-12 students throughout the United States for digital learning opportunities and future employment. The Initiative sets four goals to establish digital learning in all K-12 schools in the United States during the next few years. These goals include: high-speed connectivity to the internet, access to affordable mobile devices to facilitate digital learning anytime anywhere, high-quality software that provides multiple learning opportunities for students, and relevant teacher training to support this effort.

Esri, the world’s leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, has offered a free ArcGIS Online account to all K-12 school in the United States. AWS is supporting this initiative through a three-year commitment to provide cloud infrastructure to support Esri and every school using this product. Because each ArcGIS online account is valued at more than $10,000, the potential value of the contribution to the President’s ConnectED Initiative exceeds $1 billion.

To participate in the program, visit