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18 minutes | a day ago
#28 - Streamlining fundraising for nonprofits
In honor of Giving Tuesday, the team sat down with an Amazon Web Services (AWS) subject matter expert and Copalana, a Switzerland-based startup, to learn how nonprofits can streamline fundraising efforts with the cloud. Mike George, an AWS senior solutions architect for nonprofits shares how organizations use AWS to reduce the burden associated with fundraising activities, so they can focus more on their mission. Next, the team chatted with Paul Ryatt, founder at Copalana. Paul discusses how Copalana uses AWS to deliver its online crowdfunding and volunteering platform.
14 minutes | 21 days ago
#27 - Veterans Day
From high school students to US Veterans, AWS Educate is a global initiative by Amazon to provide students and educators resources to learn about the cloud. In honor of Veterans Day, the Fix This team sat down with two Amazon Web Services (AWS) employees to learn how AWS Educate can help transitioning Veterans learn cloud-based skills. First, the team talked to Hannah Buffington, AWS Educate marketing manager, to learn about the basics of the program. Next, the team heard from Caleb Jarrett, a Veteran and current AWS lead development representative for the Department of Defense (DoD). Caleb shared how he used the program to jumpstart his career at AWS, and how it shaped his current role.
21 minutes | a month ago
#26 - Democratizing education
Organizations are building new ways to engage and reach underserved learners around the world with Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this episode of Fix This, the team sat down with two education technology (EdTech) organizations to hear how they use AWS to make learning more accessible. First, we chatted with Tariq Fancy, founder of the Rumie Initiative. Tariq shares how he envisioned a learning experience that could fit in the palm of anyone’s hand, virtually anywhere in the world. Rumie’s library of bite-sized lessons is geared toward learners from underserved communities and is designed to fit into anyone’s schedule. Next, the team talked to Pallavi Khandelwal, vice president, and Sriram Shankar, chief technology officer from EnglishHelper. EnglishHelper uses artificial intelligence and AWS to reach students across India and beyond. With their RightToRead initiative, the EdTech teaches students to read and write in English—a skill that can help close the educational gap.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
#25 - From clouds to climate change
In the quest to better understand and address climate change, machine learning (ML) can help researchers investigate massive Earth observation data sets, build predictive models, and better understand how the world around us is impacted by increasing temperatures. Clouds play an intricate role in Earth’s climate, and they are changing due to human behavior. To better understand these changes and their effects, the team chatted with Dr. Philip Stier, professor and head of atmospheric, oceanic, and planetary physics in the department of physics at the University of Oxford, and Dr. Duncan Watson-Parris, a postdoctoral researcher on Dr. Stier’s team. The duo shared how they use ML to track patterns in our clouds and scale their research using Amazon Web Services (AWS). Next, the team checked in with Dr. David John Gagne, an ML scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. David John discusses how ML can help researchers study extreme weather patterns to help decision makers predict and prepare for natural disasters.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
#24 - Building a resilient organization
Is your organization ready for anything? In this episode of Fix This, the team dives deep with Edgar Haren, Amazon Web Services (AWS) product marketing manager, and Shonte’ Eldridge, executive government advisor at AWS, to uncover the importance of business resiliency. From universities to local governments, our latest eBook, A Guide to Building Organizational Resilience, explains how public sector organizations can use the cloud to navigate emergencies and disruptions to maintain business continuity. Next, we checked in with Dan Beeston, ICT manager of Juniper. Dan shares his experiences helping Juniper, an Australian aged care nonprofit, digitally transform and prepare for the unpredictable future.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
#23 - National voter registration day
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, the team sat down with two nonprofit leaders to hear how they are using cloud technology to educate and encourage civic engagement. First, we checked in with chief education officer of iCivics, Dr. Emma Humphries. Emma explained how iCivics began and how they have used the AWS Cloud to create a platform dedicated to teaching K12 students what it means to be actively involved in our nation’s democratic process. Next, the team heard from #iVoted founder, Emily White. She shared how she turned her own music career into a mechanism to drive voter turnout with a data-driven, musical approach, all across the US.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
#22 - Back to school
Education institutions around the world are in a period of rapid digital transformation. Some students are returning to the classroom, some are learning remotely, and some now rely on a blend of in-person and remote options. To learn how the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud is helping to power this shift, the team chatted with two professors from the University of Notre Dame, Sharif Nijim and Chris Frederick. Sharif and Chris shared their lessons learned from teaching in a blended and an entirely remote environment, and how they use the cloud to meet students’ needs. Next up, the team talked to Dr. Amanda Broderick, vice chancellor and president of the University of East London, to learn how the university is offering synchronous blended learning to improve student and professor interactions, no matter where students may be physically.
14 minutes | 3 months ago
#21 - Livestreaming nature
Livestreaming powered by the cloud is a valuable tool to help us understand nature and protect it. The team sat down with Charlie Annenberg, founder of Explore.org, to discover all of the ways livestreaming natural scenes from around the globe—elephants in Africa, bears in Alaska, and more—can foster a deeper appreciation and knowledge of nature. Next up, we talked with Peter Girgis, chief technology officer of Bigmate about their livestreaming solution built for the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency, which helps the local government monitor bushfires in real-time. This livestreaming solution helps the government react quickly to bushfires and make data-driven decisions.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
#20 - The future of work
Cloud computing is changing the future of work. Dive into today’s episode to learn how Mount Sinai Health System in New York built a multilingual chatbot using Amazon Web Services (AWS) that has streamlined the patient experience and changed the way their staff works. The team sat down with Benjamin Maisano, chief technology officer and head of application engineering for consumer digital at Mount Sinai Health System to learn more. Next up, we chatted with Cas Holloway, head of public enterprise at Unqork, to explore how their public sector customers can benefit from incorporating modern tech solutions into their standard workflows.
16 minutes | 4 months ago
#19 - COVID-19 diagnostics research
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Disaster Response team launched the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) to support organizations in diagnostic research in rapid and accurate patient testing for COVID-19. AWS DDI provides technical support and AWS Promotional Credit for organizations. Hear directly from Maggie Carter, head of the AWS Disaster Response team on the importance of funding diagnostic research. Next, listen to our conversation with Dr. Duncan Ferguson, a resident in the University of British Columbia radiology department, who works at Vancouver General Hospital in Canada. Dr. Ferguson shares how his team uses machine learning to speed the time to diagnosis. Last, we chatted with Dr. Marco Ali from Centro Diagnostico Italiano in Italy about the importance of global collaboration within the scientific community.
12 minutes | 5 months ago
#18 - Keeping students on the right track
The team dives into how cloud-based solutions are helping students from grade school to higher education stay on track. First up, the team sat down with Patrick Craven, the director of The Center for Cyber Safety and Education, to learn about their global program to educate young children on internet etiquette and personal safety rules. Then, the team chatted with Dennis Gilbert, enterprise architect in the Office of Information Technology at Portland State University, to discuss their new machine learning-based tool that helps students find faster, efficient routes to graduation.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
#17 - Mission critical cloud: Healthcare
In the final episode of the Mission Critical Cloud series by Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the team focuses on healthcare. The first interview features Dr. Christopher Longhurst, the chief information officer and associate chief medical officer at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Health. Dr. Longhurst talks about UCSD’s research using artificial intelligence to analyze lung images for signs of pneumonia—a common symptom related to COVID-19. Next, the team spoke to Adriana Dunn, senior brand marketing manager of Semantic Scholar from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), about the CORD-19 project. Last, the team interviewed Dr. Ethan Booker, emergency physician and medical director of the MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center and MedStar eVisit, about how the cloud has helped the organization to scale up its telehealth solution and deliver integrated digital and in-person medical services for patients.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
#16 - Mission critical cloud: Federal government
Part four of the Mission Critical Cloud series explores how federal government customers use the cloud to reduce costs, think big, and find new ways to deliver on their missions. Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector at Amazon Web Services (AWS) is joined by Dave Levy, vice president of the US government business at AWS, to guest host the episode. First up, the team chatted with Deron Burba, chief information officer at Smithsonian Institution and Effie Kapsalis, a senior digital program officer at Smithsonian Institution about the Smithsonian Open Access Initiative. Next, the team discussed how the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has adopted the cloud at scale to reduce costs and experiment more with Joe Foster, cloud computing program manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
21 minutes | 6 months ago
#15 - Mission critical cloud: State and local government
In part three of the Mission Critical Cloud mini-series by Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the team explores how state and local government customers use the cloud to deliver services to citizens. Teresa is joined by Kim Majerus, a leader within the state and local government business at AWS. First up, an interview with Joshua Spence, chief technology officer of the State of West Virginia, and Robert Groat, executive vice president of technology and strategy of Smartronix. Joshua and Robert talk about the leadership and cultural changes that led to their one-weekend implementation of an Amazon Connect solution to better serve West Virginians. To learn more about taking workers remote with more than 30,000 remote desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0, we chatted with Benny Chacko, deputy general manager at Los Angeles County Internal Services Department.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
#14 - Mission critical cloud: Remote education
In part two of the Mission Critical Cloud mini-series by Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the team explores remote education. Teresa is joined by Ann Merrihew, a director within the education business at AWS. This episode begins with an interview featuring Dr. David Baca, chief of schools of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest K12 district in the United States. Next, we talked to Jennifer Schaeffer, vice president of IT and chief information officer of Athabasca University, Canada’s only 100 percent open and online digital university. And we ended the episode with Andrew Gilfillan, vice president of product management at Pearson, a global learning company.
27 minutes | 7 months ago
#13 - Mission critical cloud: A chat with AWS leaders
Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS), guest hosts. Join Teresa for a deep dive discussion with other AWS leaders, including Sandy Carter, vice president of partners and programs; Maggie Carter, global lead for the disaster response team; Blair Anderson, director within AWS public policy; and John Dancy, director of professional services. Teresa and guests explore how technology helps public sector organizations continually deliver on their missions. This is the first episode in a special, five-part series leading up to the first AWS Public Sector Summit Online.
16 minutes | 8 months ago
#12 - Happy Earth Day
Explore how the AWS Cloud can increase an organization’s sustainability. Pierre Lussier, director of Jour de la Terre, a Canadian nonprofit, shares how Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps them deliver on their mission to make the world a “greener” place. Nat Sahlstrom, director of energy at Amazon, talks about a 2019 study that shows how migrating enterprise workloads to the AWS Cloud can reduce an organization’s IT carbon footprint by upwards of 88 percent.
20 minutes | 8 months ago
#11 - Tracking Birds
Open data connects the world in unexpected ways—like tracking bird populations and migrations using weather data and machine learning. Listen to learn why birds are important “measuring sticks” for how our environment is changing, and why we should all care about how and why their numbers are dwindling. We sat down with Jed Sundwall, head of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) open data program to learn more about what open data is and what role it plays in research around the world. We also chatted with three researchers from the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, including John Fitzpatrick, director of the lab, and Adriaan Dokter and Tom Auer, two researchers working on the lab’s BirdCast and eBird projects. They shared how they use weather data to track bird migrations, populations, and more with open data and machine learning.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
#10 - Zero waste trucking
Buckle up! We’re driving straight into the world of sustainable trucking. Ray Rogers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) chats with Aaron Terrazas, director of economic research at Convoy Inc. (Convoy). He discusses the impact of “empty miles” in terms of its environmental impact, worker impact, and industry impact and how machine learning on AWS is part of the solution. Next up, Ray caught up with Jennifer Wong, head of sustainability at Convoy, to take a deep dive into what zero waste actually means, how sustainability intersects with freight delivery, and how other companies can benefit from Convoy’s sustainable approach to trucking.
16 minutes | 9 months ago
#09 - More than voting…
Elections are more than voters casting votes. From voter engagement to elections management, innovative use of the cloud like an Alexa Skill or an e-poll book solution can help make the election process more accessible. In this episode, the team chats with Deputy Secretary of State for the State of New Hampshire, David Scanlan. In 2020, New Hampshire celebrated its 100th first-in-the-nation primary. Deputy Secretary Scanlan discusses how New Hampshire’s new Alexa Skill makes information about how to vote more available. Trisha Bandstra, sales director of KNOWiNK, talks about how the organization’s e-poll books solution helps to make elections processes more efficient. Rob Rock, director of elections for Rhode Island, chats about how e-poll books have been introduced across the state.
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