Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Customer Stories
See how customers are advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion using AWS.
8PERCENT: A Korea-Based Startup in the AWS Women in Tech Series
The pioneering financial technology (FinTech) firm, 8PERCENT, launched in Korea in 2014 as a mid-interest rate, peer-to-peer lending platform to offer alternatives when only high and low interest rates were the norm. Building on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company can process upwards of six million transfers per month, which translates to 500,000 applications per hour. The woman-founded startup has raised 28T KRW in loan application funds (roughly the equivalent of $23B USD). 8PERCENT aims to change the future for borrowers and investors and grow the wealth of Koreans with inclusive financial services.
Artificial Intelligence Art Exhibit’s Women-Led Team
An all-women team—Suchi Reddy, artist; Rachel Goslins, director of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building (AIB); and Isolde Brielmaier, curator and cultural strategist—created a luminous, interactive sculpture commissioned by AWS and powered by AWS artificial intelligence (AI). Titled, me + you, the sculpture is on display at the AIB on the National Mall in Washington, DC and is complemented by an online, digital version of the sculpture. The AIB is temporarily reopening to celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with the special, 9-month FUTURES exhibit. The Fix This podcast team sat down with Reddy, Goslins, and Brielmaier.
Portland State University Accelerates Student Degree Completion Using Machine Learning
“PSU’s commitment to putting students first demands that we employ the best information to ensure that we are using our resources most effectively in supporting students to achieve their educational goals. We’re really excited to test how ML can be an active component of that information landscape.”
Susan Jeffords, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, PSU
Portland State University (PSU) is using machine learning (ML) to help students find the most effective pathways to graduation. By tracking the course history of successful graduates and presenting recommendations to current students, PSU can provide guardrails and best practices for a focused journey towards degree completion. The PSU and AWS Professional Services (AWS ProServe) team developed ML models that: use transfer students’ course histories to predict the best alignment for degree plans; alert students when they choose courses that deviate from their degree plan; and assist in capacity planning based on the paths of students currently enrolled.
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Decade-Long Nasdaq and AWS Collaboration Scales New Heights as Women Leaders #BreakTheBias
In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek Podcast recorded just after International Women’s Day 2022, senior executives from Nasdaq and AWS discussed the landmark moment in Nasdaq’s cloud journey to build the next generation of cloud-enabled infrastructure for the world’s capital markets, running on AWS. The International Women’s Day theme for 2022 is #BreakTheBias.
AIH Tech Uses AWS to Bring an Inclusive Approach to Facial Recognition Apps
Girls Who Code Aims to Close the Tech Gender Gap
Girls Who Code, one of the largest international nonprofit organizations for girls, is on a mission to close the gender gap in entry-level tech jobs by 2030. It supports and guides girls, especially those of color, to step into tech roles. Dr. Tarika Barrett, chief executive officer at Girls Who Code, discusses what’s next for DEI in tech.
Women in Games Global Conference: A Fireside Chat
The nonprofit, Women in Games (WIGJ), helps women achieve their full potential in the games industry by working with ambassadors and partners to create a games industry, culture, and community free of gender discrimination and full of equal opportunity. Hear from UKIR sales lead for AWS Game Tech and advisory board member of the nonprofit organization, Women in Games (WIGJ), Sarah Calveley, who recently hosted a fireside chat at the WIGJ Global Conference.