Through a strategic relationship, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), one of the nation’s top masters-level universities, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), have launched the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS (DT-Hub). The DT-Hub has been created to accelerate digital transformation in the government, education and nonprofit sectors through the application of cloud technologies.

 Public sector, education, and nonprofit organizations face rapid changes in technology with limited personnel and financial resources to meet the intensifying digital expectations of their constituencies. The DT-Hub combines the power of AWS innovation techniques with the deep subject matter expertise and Learn by Doing philosophy of Cal Poly students and faculty.

 To meet real-world public sector digital transformation challenges, the DT-Hub will establish innovation communities composed of the practitioners and experts that truly understand the specific problem or opportunity being addressed. California State University (CSU) system, California state and local government expertise, and commercial innovators will be key members of these communities. Together, they will address innovation challenges such as creating more efficient methods for storing and using police body camera data, reducing the cost for agricultural research, and using technology to fight human trafficking.

 “Cal Poly is proud to be a part of the world’s first cloud innovation center developed as a collaboration between AWS and an educational institution,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “We have the unique opportunity to use our Learn by Doing philosophy to work with the worldwide leader in innovation to define the standard for digital transformation in government, education and nonprofits.”

 The DT-Hub team is adapting the AWS innovation process to engage communities of stakeholders, AWS resources, and Cal Poly/CSU subject matter experts to quickly understand problems from the viewpoint of the customer and then formulate solutions that address those needs. The solutions, including alternatives and lessons learned, will be placed in the public domain so they can be used by similar organizations across California and beyond.

 “We are excited to be working with Cal Poly to accelerate the development of innovative technology solutions that will provide insights into some of society’s toughest challenges. We are confident that the Cal Poly DT-Hub powered by AWS will help other public organizations solve their digital challenges using the power of the cloud and become a model for public sector digital transformation across the globe,” said Teresa Carlson, vice president, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. “I’m very optimistic that this will provide a learning opportunity for Cal Poly students to gain skills to continue solving these challenges through their career.”

For more information, visit dth.calpoly.edu.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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