IMAGINE 2022 Conference: For education, state, and local government leaders


For education, state, and local leaders

About the IMAGINE 2022 conference for education, state, and local leaders

Presented by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the IMAGINE 2022 conference is a no-cost event that brings together education, state, and local leaders to learn about the latest innovations and best practices in the cloud.

This in-person event combines thought leadership sessions, fireside chats, and networking opportunities centered around four key themes: modernize and secure, build the workforce of tomorrow, turn data into wisdom, and enrich the community experience.

The IMAGINE 2022 conference will take place on Wednesday, August 3 at the Seattle Convention Center in Washington. Join other mission-driven leaders for a full day of learning designed to leave you with inspiration, new connections, and tangible ideas to take back to your organization or institution.

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What to expect

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Hear inspiring stories from your peers
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Network with mission-driven leaders
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Explore Amazon resources supporting public sector
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Discover AWS Partner solutions

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Kim Majerus

Kim Majerus 

Vice President, US State and Local Government and Education, AWS

Kim Majerus leads US state and local government and education at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Her organization includes EdTech and GovTech independent software vendors (ISVs), solution and vertical strategy leaders who focus on health and human services, justice and public safety, transportation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) for state and local government.

Prior to joining AWS, Kim spent 16 years at Cisco Systems, most recently as vice president of Cisco Public Sector for the US state, local, and education market. Prior to moving to public sector, Kim held positions in engineering, service provider sales, partner channels, global channels, and as general manager for Ireland.

Kim dedicates much of her time to mentoring young women and promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education in her local community. She has received many honors, including State Scoop’s 2021 Top 50 Industry Leader award, State Top 50 Women in Technology, YWCA Silicon Valley leaders, and Top 50 Business Leaders in Ireland.

Denny Heck

Denny Heck

Lieutenant Governor of Washington

Denny Heck was elected Washington State’s 17th Lieutenant Governor in November 2020. He had previously been elected to serve five terms in the State House of Representatives and was selected by his colleagues to be House Majority Leader. Additionally, Lieutenant Governor Heck grew several small businesses in Washington state, co-founded TVW, the nation’s preeminent statewide public affairs network, and served as the first United States Representative from Washington’s 10th Congressional District.

As Lieutenant Governor, he is the President of the Washington State Senate and serves as chair of both the Senate Rules Committee and the Legislative committee on Economic Development and International Relations. In addition, Lieutenant Governor Heck serves as acting-Governor whenever Governor Inslee is out of the state, and runs his own small agency whose key issues include economic development, housing, and international relations. Lieutenant Governor Heck currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Export Import Bank of the United States and is a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Sarah Toms

Sarah Toms

Co-founder and Executive Director, Wharton Interactive, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Toms is the cofounder and executive director of Wharton Interactive, an initiative at the Wharton School to radically transform and democratize education. She is a serious games expert and demonstrates thought leadership in the education technology field fuel by a passion to find and develop innovative ways to make every learning environment active, engaging, more meaningful, and learner centric.

Sarah and her team have built the award winning Alternate Reality Courseware platform, as well as the most innovative catalog of games-based courses on the planet. She has spent more than twenty years as a leader in the technology sphere, and was an entrepreneur for over a decade, founding companies that built global CRM, product development, productivity management, and financial systems. In addition, Sarah is coauthor of The Customer Centricity Playbook, the Digital Book Awards 2019 Best Business Book.

Jeff Selingo

Jeff Selingo

Higher Education Author

Jeff Selingo has written about higher education for more than two decades and is a New York Times bestselling author of three books. His latest book, Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, was published in September 2020 and was named among the 100 Notable Books of the year by the New York Times. A regular contributor to The Atlantic, Jeff is a special advisor for innovation and professor of practice at Arizona State University. He also co-hosts the podcast, FutureU. He lives in Washington, DC with his family.

Mike Hofherr

Mike Hofherr

Director, Education Business Development and Strategy, AWS

Mike Hofherr leads the worldwide public sector education business development and strategy team at Amazon Web Services (AWS). His team works with K12, academic medical centers (AMCs), research, and higher education organizations and institutions.

As the former vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at The Ohio State University, Mike led three departments: the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), and Enterprise Security (ES). His responsibilities included all forms of the university's distance education and eLearning efforts, including online degree offerings, credit courses, non-credit certificates, and hybrid offerings.

In addition to these projects, Hofherr served as vice chair of Ohio State’s COVID-19 response transition task force, responsible for the transition to online learning in spring 2020 and the safe and healthy return to campus for students in fall 2020.

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Event overview


8:00 - 9:00 AM | Networking breakfast
9:00 - 9:45 AM | Breakouts
10:00 - 10:45 AM | Breakouts
11:00 - 12:00 PM | Keynote

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12:00 - 1:30 PM | Networking Lunch
1:30 - 2:15 PM | Breakouts
2:30 - 3:15 PM | Breakouts
3:30 - 4:15 PM | Closing general session
4:30 - 5:30 PM | Networking reception

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Breakout sessions

Develop the workforce of tomorrow
Explore breakout sessions in this theme
Revitalizing local workforce systems with the AWS Cloud
Many startups are on a mission to improve the use of technology solutions in government, and the AWS GovTechStart program is helping accelerate that transformation. Join this session to learn how one startup, RiseKit, is enabling local workforce systems to provide a more predictable and impactful end-to-end experience for under-resourced communities navigating their way to gainful employment. Get insight into how to build the next generation of technology solutions for state and local government.
Accelerating skills development in the cloud
As digital transformation speeds up, talent is essential to compete and drive growth. Explore how Bowdoin College, collaborating with EdTech Coursera's global online learning platform powered by AWS, is transforming the student experience through career-focused programs, workshops, and bootcamps. Also, learn about the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development’s approach to state-wide training programs for thousands of displaced workers.
Empowering entry-level talent to drive cloud modernization
As organizations across the public and private sector transform with the cloud, they need talent with the skills to support cloud adoption. In this session, explore how educators and industry collaborate with AWS to build solutions that prepare diverse students for cloud roles. Hear how community colleges in California and Texas built programs that create long-term, sustainable pipelines for cloud-skilled talent. Learn how Slalom works with AWS to bridge its IT skills gap to train and empower entry-level talent to drive cloud modernization. And, hear from an AWS Education Programs graduate who now works as an entry-level software engineer about his experience.
Modernize and secure your organization
Explore breakout sessions in this theme
Leverage best in class tools in defending against ransomware
For public K12 institutions, ransomware attacks risk data and financial losses, as well as their reputation and trust in the critical services they provide. AWS, CrowdStrike, and Presidio help organizations establish a strong cloud security foundation to protect against ransomware attacks. In this session, hear how schools and governments are using standards and information from NIST security framework to gain comprehensive visibility and breach protection by quickly detecting and preventing attacks, mitigating risks by preventing lateral spread, and quickly recovering business operations through immutable cloud-based backup.
How data is changing policing
State and local public safety agencies are exploring new ways to collect, store, and analyze large amounts of data to improve emergency response, criminal investigations, and operational excellence. The Seattle Police Department is finding this data extremely valuable, and has modernized their systems by migrating to the cloud. In this session, you’ll hear from a panel of public safety thought leaders, discussing the impact that data and cloud computing will have on policing, strategies to better use data for mission, common challenges and pitfalls to avoid, and what this all means for your agency and community.
Taking the first step towards cloud infrastructure migration
Although migrating your enterprise resource planning (ERP) infrastructure to the cloud might seem like a challenge, AWS and its partners are here to help. This collective experience led to ERP modernization approaches that are fast, safe, and predictable. In this session, hear from a panel of IT leaders who have faced this decision and what ultimately motivated them to take the first step. Learn about both the short and long term benefits this decision has made on their broader digital transformation strategies, too.
Modernizing the research experience
Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with higher ed researchers who are addressing core scientific challenges facing our world today. During this session, learn from a diverse group of researchers who elevate their work using the latest AWS technologies and services. Explore ways that these approaches accelerate time to results, increase scientific impact, and generate a more cohesive scientific community at large.
Turn data into wisdom
Explore breakout sessions in this theme
Improving student outcomes with better data sources
Educators and policy makers can personalize and optimize educational programs by connecting data from the right sources and time while leveraging modern data pipeline, analytics, and machine learning. Learn how the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and Hillsborough County Public Schools are benefitting student outcomes by more effectively using their data. Dive into how their efforts resulted in quickly getting answers from their data to their educators, students, parents, and policy makers.
Thinking big to improve youth mental health outcomes
In 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health. Youth and particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color youth are left further behind by a widening digital divide in the healthcare, education, and social services systems. Join this session to learn how data is crucial to customizing affordable and accessible mental health for students. Dive deep into how technology can drive behavior change in service of health equity via public-private partnerships such as the University of California (UC) Davis Health Cloud Innovation Center (CIC).
Powering tomorrow’s education with data
For global education institutions and providers, the sector is in flux—driven by rapid changes in learner needs and preferences, education technology, public policy changes, and budget pressures. Responding to these challenges will require adaptation through better use of technology and data. This panel of education leaders will discuss the key data strategies they have implemented, and how the journey is leading to new and more agile decision making.
Enrich the community experience
Explore breakout sessions in this theme
Building life-saving applications through public-private sector collaboration
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drug overdose is now the number one cause of unintentional death in the United States. To mitigate opioid overdoses, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County formed the SLO Opioid Safety Coalition. Over the last year, they collaborated with the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build Naloxone Now. The web application helps connect the SLO community to life-saving medication when an overdose occurs. In this session, learn how they brought this idea to life, the importance of engaging in impactful public-private sector collaborations, and how you can leverage the Cal Poly student-built Naloxone Now application to address a similar need in your area.
Personalizing the student experience to better connect learners
Students today are looking for, and needing, highly engaging, personalized educational experiences that offer flexibility, connection, and resources on demand. In this session, learn how AWS is working with colleges and universities to effectively engage learners inside and alongside the classroom while leveraging data and analytics to iterate and improve the student experience.
Utilizing cloud technology to transform school safety
Deploying effective safety technology to address issues such as school violence, cyberbullying, and physical and mental health challenges are crucial to improving school safety. Learn how Georgia’s Fulton County Schools and AWS Partner CrisisGo are collaborating to strengthen safety standards. Gain insights into ways to use community cooperation and advanced technology like artificial intelligence (AI) to safeguard student wellness.
Make services and learning equitable and accessible for all
Explore breakout sessions in this theme
Rethink learning opportunities to prioritize digital equity
Technology is crucial to providing equity and accountability for all learners. In this session, hear from the US Department of Education, Houston Community College (HCC), Region 4 Education Service Center, and AWS Partner Kaltura. Hear use cases from panelists, including as how HCC uses virtual learning opportunities, including virtual reality (VR), to support 50 percent of their student body and to extend engaging, equitable, and accessible education to local K12 students with intellectual and developmental challenges.
Addressing student mental health crisis through an end-to-end mental health hotline
The social emotional wellbeing of students and their families is a priority for K12 schools. According to the Pew Research Center, 13 percent of adolescents reported having a major depressive episode, but there is a shortage of licensed professionals to address the need. AWS and Gaggle, whose solutions help K12 districts manage student safety and wellbeing on school-provided technology, joined together to create an end-to-end mental health hotline for students and families. Hear how customers use the solution to combine the advantages of Amazon’s Connect cloud contact center with Gaggle Therapy, enabling access to licensed therapists—anytime, anywhere.
Driving digital transformation with AWS Education Champions
The AWS Education Champions program recognizes, celebrates, and supports education leaders driving digital transformation with cloud computing. The champions share the AWS vision of creating a world where education is always available, personal, and lifelong for everyone. In this session, learn how these champions overcame roadblocks, built a culture supportive of digital transformation, and implemented cloud technology that yields results. Hear inspiring stories, thought-provoking perspectives, and lessons learned and learn and effective practices for your own digital transformation.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Where and when will the IMAGINE 2022 conference take place?

    This in-person event will take place at the Seattle Convention Center located at 705 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. We will share exact meeting rooms prior to the event.

  • Who should attend?

    Business and IT leaders in education, state and local government, as well as EdTech and GovTech leaders interested in learning more about how technology can accelerate digital transformation to improve the learner and constituent experience.

  • Why should I attend?

    This event features education, state and local government leaders who have successfully leveraged cloud technology for efficiency, effectiveness, and growth, and AWS experts supporting these journeys. The sessions, exhibits, and more will provide inspiration and practical guidance on how to get started and advance your cloud adoption. AWS has an entire team dedicated to helping colleges and universities, K12 schools and districts, state and local governments, and EdTech and GovTech companies succeed. The event will serve as an introduction to programs and resources you need to build and scale quickly with AWS and Amazon. Hear how your peers are using the power of the cloud to drive their mission forward, solving pressing problems like connecting citizens to benefits faster, training the workforce of tomorrow, and making learning available anywhere, anytime.

  • What health measures are in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19?

    The health and safety of our customers, partners, and employees remains our top priority. All badge holders at the IMAGINE 2022 conference will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or show a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test to attend in-person this year. 

    At this time masks are no longer required for everyone, but highly encouraged. Measures are subject to review and may change in line with government guidelines. The IMAGINE 2022 conference is following the same health measures as AWS Summits. 

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  • Is there a cost to attend?

    No. Registration is complimentary for this event.

  • Where should I stay if I plan to attend?

    There is not a dedicated attendee room block for this event. Explore nearby hotels

  • Where should I park if I plan to drive?

    There are two parking garages available at the convention center and the venue is also accessible by public transportation. View parking details.

  • How can I contact the IMAGINE 2022 conference planning team?

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