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10 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
#53 – 2021 in review
Join the Fix This team to reflect on another year of conversations with customers working to solve some of today’s largest challenges using Amazon Web Services (AWS).
13 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
#52 - Distributing emergency funds
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US government created the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide financial assistance to Americans in need. With small businesses struggling and families facing housing insecurity or homelessness, decision makers across the country needed a fast solution to streamline the distribution of these funds. To better understand the situation, the Fix This team checked in with Kelly Cimino, director of the Department of Housing and Community Development of Howard County, Maryland. Kelly shares how the county leveraged Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deploy a cloud-based portal that provides a single front door for citizens to access multiple assistance programs.
19 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
#51 - Diversifying the tech and entertainment industries
Founded in 1867, Howard University is committed to preparing diverse, talented, and ambitious students to learn and lead across industries. In May 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a collaboration with Howard University to develop courses and a Master’s in Data Science & Analytics. Shortly after in, October 2021, Howard University and Amazon Studios announced the launch of the Howard Entertainment Program for the third consecutive year. To better understand how these initiatives are taking shape, the Fix This team sat down with Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh, provost and chief academic officer of Howard University, and Dr. John Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University.
10 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
#50 - Preserving Sahaptian, a Native American language
In honor of November’s National Native American Heritage month in the United States, the Fix This team chatted with Lisa Minthorn, Sahaptian language technology specialist for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Building on Amazon Web Services (AWS), CTUIR created the Umatilla Language Online Dictionary to preserve the Sahaptian language for generations to come. The language is currently registered as severely endangered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
28 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
#49 – Accelerating climate research
The Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) is collaborating with SilverLining and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to run the first full-production climate-model simulations in the cloud. Using cloud-based technology and hosting the resulting datasets in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Open Data Sponsorship Program will open a powerful new avenue to accelerate climate research and democratize access to tools and information that will help protect our planet. The Fix This team sat down with Kelly Wanser, executive director at SilverLining; Jean-Francois Lamarque, Climate & Global Dynamics Laboratory director at NCAR; and Chris Lennard, research staff and climatologist at the Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
12 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
#48 - Swindon Borough Council tackles litter with AI
From forgotten objects to illegally dumped waste, Swindon Borough Council (Swindon) in the United Kingdom noticed an uptick in city-wide litter. To understand how Swindon fast-tracks cleanup and engages with residents to report illegal waste, the Fix This team chatted with Sarah Talbot, emerging technologies lead for Swindon. Sarah explains how residents use the updated service powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help Swindon locate and prioritize litter removal. The solution uses artificial intelligence (AI) to estimate object sizes and streamline pickup.
15 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
#47 – Environmental justice and green infrastructure solutions with Urban Systems Lab
The immediate impacts of climate change disproportionately affect socially vulnerable populations across the United States. The Environmental Justice of Urban Flood Risk and Green Infrastructure Solutions research project from the Urban Systems Lab at the New School explores solutions to this issue using flood risk mapping, analysis, and visualizations. The research project is supported by the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) and through Amazon Web Services (AWS) promotional credit in addition to the Kresge Foundation’s CREWS initiative. To learn how proper planning can help protect at-risk neighborhoods, the Fix This team chatted with two team members from the Urban Systems Lab at the New School—Christopher Kennedy, assistant director, and Pablo Herreros Cantis, research fellow.
18 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
#46 – Behind the art: Smithsonian’s FUTURES exhibit and me + you, the interactive AI and light sculpture
The Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building (AIB) is temporarily reopening to celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with a special, 9-month exhibition. The FUTURES exhibit will feature the artificial intelligence (AI) and light sculpture by artist Suchi Reddy. The sculpture, me + you, was commissioned by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Fix This team sat down with Suchi Reddy, artist, Rachel Goslins, director of the Smithsonian AIB, and Isolde Brielmaier, curator and cultural strategist. Visit the FUTURES exhibit in person from November 2021-July 2022 or experience the online version at www.meplusyoufuture.com.
25 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
#45 - Dr. Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO, discusses the new generation of entrepreneurs
The Fix This team sat down with Dr. Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer of Amazon and host of Now Go Build. 2021 marks the 15-year anniversary of Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this time, Dr. Vogels has traveled the world to meet with customers using AWS to solve hard, human problems. Tune in to hear Dr. Vogels discuss the customer stories that most inspire him, what they are creating, and what makes him optimistic for the future of entrepreneurs who are building with sustainability top of mind.
12 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
#44 – Improving child welfare with the US Children’s Bureau and ICF
With over 500,000 children to serve, the US Children’s Bureau needed a solution that could quickly connect child welfare professionals to the right data and resources. ICF has managed the Child Welfare Information Gateway for 30 years. It is the nation’s largest library dedicated solely to child welfare and contains nearly 110,000 titles and receives over 3 million sessions annually. The Child Welfare Information Gateway is now powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). To understand how the AWS Cloud is redefining how the US Children’s Bureau and ICF can meet social workers’ needs, the Fix This team chatted with Kary James, senior managing director of child welfare and education at ICF and Matthew McGuire, child welfare program specialist at the US Children's Bureau.
12 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
#43 - TWAICE builds a greener world with lithium-ion batteries and predictive analytics
Lithium-ion batteries power vehicles, appliances, and plenty of items we rely on every day. In order to build a sustainable future, TWAICE, a software technology company, uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to gain valuable insights about how to improve the lithium-ion battery lifecycle. To better understand the role these batteries play in creating a more sustainable world, and how AWS is supporting their mission, the Fix This team chatted with Dr. Stephan Rohr, founder and co-chief executive officer of TWAICE.
14 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
#42 - Thinking big for small businesses
Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the AWS Think Big for Small Business Program to support small or minority-owned AWS Partners in their cloud journeys. To learn about the program, the Fix This team sat down with Sandy Carter, vice president of worldwide public sector partners and programs at AWS, and Tia Dubuisson, co-founder and president of Belle Fleur Technologies. Sandy explains how minority-founded organizations can benefit from tailored resources to help them grow their technical expertise and develop go-to-market strategies necessary to build a small business, and how the AWS Think Big for Small Business Program supports these gaps. Tia shares insights on her experience with the program and how she successfully launched Belle Fleur Technologies.
12 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
#41 - NGA 911 modernizes emergency response
There are more than 6,000 public safety answering points (PSAPs) across the US—many of which rely on aging infrastructure to respond to emergency calls. Cloud-powered solutions from NGA 911 can help provide PSAPs with the insights, reliability, and redundancy needed to continue to serve citizens. To understand how NGA 911 uses Amazon Web Services to help modernize emergency response services, the Fix This team chatted with Ed Vea, chief technology officer of NGA 911.
12 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
#40 – Hello Sunday Morning scales access to alcohol-related health services with AWS
This week, the Fix This team chatted with Hello Sunday Morning (HSM), an Australian nonprofit organization. HSM uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help change people’s relationship with alcohol consumption by providing access to professional health support and a community of like-minded individuals looking to change their alcohol consumption habits. To better understand how the AWS Cloud helps scale the app by ten-fold, the team spoke to Andy Moore, chief executive officer of HSM. Andy discussed the mobile app, Daybreak, which offers 24/7 support to those in need.
15 minutes | May 27, 2021
#39 - UsAgainstAlzheimer’s promotes brain health education
May is Mental Health Awareness month. To explore the topic, the Fix This team sat down with Brooks Kenny, executive director of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and director of the Be Brain Powerful Campaign at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. Brooks talks about the recently launched BrainGuide, made in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Biogen who provided in-kind and financial support. From an assessment to resources, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s aims to reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and deliver information that sparks conversation about brain health.
17 minutes | May 15, 2021
#38 - Rush University and City of Chicago build cloud-based analytics hub
The Fix This team sat down with Dr. Bala Hota, vice president and chief analytics officer at Rush University Medical Center, to learn about the analytics hub the university created in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health. The hub aggregates and analyzes multi-hospital data, which allows clinicians to monitor bed availability across the city and make data-driven decisions. The analytics hub is powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
31 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
#37 - Earth Day 2021
This Earth Day, the Fix This team explores how Amazon Web Services (AWS) can help organizations create sustainable solutions and advance their sustainability goals. To learn more about sustainability of the cloud and in the cloud, the team chatted with Ken Haig, senior manager for public policy in the Asia Pacific region at AWS. Next, the team turned to Ana Pinheiro Privette, lead for the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI), to learn why data is key to creating scalable, sustainable solutions. Wrapping up the episode, Adam Lewis, managing director at Digital Earth Africa joined the discussion. Adam discusses how Digital Earth Africa works with ASDI to make Earth observation data accessible across Africa to help innovators on the ground.
32 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
#36 - Mission critical cloud: Physical wellbeing
Wrapping up the 2021 Mission Critical Cloud series, the Fix This team explored how Amazon Web Services (AWS) can help organizations support the physical wellbeing of communities. Jeff Kratz, director of AWS Worldwide Public Sector in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, kicked off the episode to discuss how the region has transformed with the cloud—including working and learning remotely during the pandemic. Next, the team heard from Brian Hettler, senior manager of mapping and program support for the Amazon Conservation Team, and Matt Hallas, technical lead of sustainable development practice for Maxar Technologies. The two explained how satellite imagery is used to protect isolated, Indigenous tribes in South America. Last, we checked in with Bobby Cagle, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Bobby shared how deploying Amazon Connect provided business continuity during physical distancing requirements so the department could deliver on its mission of protecting the wellbeing of over 36,000 children a year.
29 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
#35 - Mission critical cloud: Building an inclusive future
In part two of the Mission Critical Cloud series, the Fix This team is joined by Dave Levy, vice president of US government sales at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Dave shares how AWS remains customer obsessed by building diverse and inclusive teams. Dave also dives into how the cloud can power solutions that create opportunities for the public to learn, grow, and gain access to knowledge and resources. Next, the team chatted with Aedan McDonald, founder and program manager of Justice Through Code, and Kevin Harper, Justice Through Code graduate and teaching assistant. Justice Through Code is a no-charge, semester-long program teaching coding skills to formerly incarcerated populations. The program was developed by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and the Center for Justice at Columbia University. Aedan and Kevin discuss the importance of bridging the technical divide and upskilling underserved communities. Wrapping up the episode, Dr. Tarika Barrett joins the conversation. Tarika is the current chief operating officer and incoming chief executive officer of the international nonprofit Girls Who Code. Tarika emphasizes the significance of building and retaining diverse teams and empowering girls and women to pursue careers in technology. To hear more from Tarika and Girls Who Code, register for the virtual AWS Public Sector Summit Online on April 15.
26 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
#34 - Mission critical cloud: Transforming education
Fix This is back with a second installment of the Mission Critical Cloud series. To kick things off, the team checked in with Max Peterson, vice president of worldwide public sector international sales at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Max recounts educational institutions who successfully transformed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and shares his thoughts on how education will continue to evolve in the months ahead. Next up, the team learned about the Oxford X-Reality Hub, where researchers are collaborating with the Oxfordshire County Council to apply virtual reality and machine learning to English literature. Dr. Mattia Montanari, postdoctoral researcher at the engineering department of the University of Oxford, shares how Oxford has brought English literature to life through virtual reality and gamification with the goal of bridging access to education and classic literature among children. Rounding out the episode is Charles Lavigne, cofounder and president of LlamaZOO, a Canadian-based tech company that specializes in 3D visualizations. Charles explains how their app, EasyAnatomy, was developed to create detailed, medically accurate 3D models of canine anatomy for virtual dissection to keep students learning anywhere they are.
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