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Fix This

This is Fix This. A bi-weekly podcast of bites-sized stories from Amazon Web Services (AWS). We talk to leaders from around the globe about how they use technology to fix some of the world’s most pressing issues.

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#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.


21 Apr 2021

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#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.


9 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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#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.


19 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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#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.


5 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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#33 - Accelerating public sector innovation

Designed to help drive experimentation and accelerate innovation in the public sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the Cloud Innovation Centers (CIC) Program. To learn more, the Fix This team chatted with Ben Butler, senior manager of the global CIC program, and Jason Whittet, digital innovation business development manager of the Arizona State University (ASU) CIC. Ben and Jason explain how CICs work from challenge to solution. Collaborating directly with universities and students, the AWS CIC program can help students prepare for future jobs, foster public and private collaboration, and create replicable solutions. To better understand how students and cities benefit from the CIC program, the team spoke with current ASU student and CIC intern, Maria Fassinger. From chatbots to future goals, Maria explains how working at the CIC has helped her develop her skillset.


24 Feb 2021

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#32 - Safer Internet Day

The Fix This team chatted with the nonprofit Childnet International and educational technology (EdTech) company 2Simple about Safer Internet Day. Kate Jones, deputy chief executive officer at Childnet, explains how the organization creates content to empower educators, parents, and youth to have conversations about online safety. Next, Jacob Doran, head of technology at 2Simple, shares how the organization uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to scale and store their educational resources for their learning platform Purple Mash. With Purple Mash, students can play games and watch videos to learn how to remain safe while online.


9 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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#31 - Expanding financial access

The Fix This team chatted with Ashish Anand, founder and chief executive officer of India-based startup, Whrrl. Ashish shares how Whrrl uses blockchain and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help farmers maximize profits on their crops. Next, the team is joined by Matthew Davie, chief strategy officer of Kiva, an AWS Imagine Grant program winner. By providing access to banks and microloans, Kiva hopes to create financial opportunities. With a cloud-powered platform, Kiva provides financial on-ramps people all around the world.


25 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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Season Two of Fix This

The team returns for season two of Fix This to explore how tech ideas and solutions are changing the world. Stay tuned for bi-weekly episodes on financial inclusion, bridging the digital divide, and more. Subscribe to hear the latest from Fix This.


11 Jan 2021

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#30 - 2020 in review

From COVID-19 research to fighting climate change, the Fix This team spent the year chatting with inspirational Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers who use the cloud to solve some of today’s largest challenges. Tune in for a recap of 2020.


22 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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#29 - To the stars, through the cloud

The Fix This team chatted with retired General Clint Crosier, the director of aerospace and satellite business at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Clint shares his thoughts on how the AWS Cloud will help customers approach challenges differently in order to deliver on their missions. From being customer obsessed to discovering more about life on Earth through space exploration, Clint discusses how AWS will help customers explore the new frontier. Next, the team talked to Payam Banazadeh, founder and chief executive officer of Capella Space. Payam explains how Capella’s Earth observation satellites use AWS Ground Station to speed up the process of downlinking data and delivering it to decision makers.


18 Dec 2020

Rank #10