Press Release

October 19, 2017
 
Media Contact:
Amy Schwartz
Communications Specialist
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(805) 756-5567

Cal Poly Launches World’s First University-Based Cloud Innovation Center Powered by Amazon Web Services

The Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS will address public sector technology challenges with proven innovation methods

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – 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), will today launch the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS (DX-Hub). The DX-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 DX-Hub combines the power of proven 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 DX-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 DX-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 DX-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.”
 
About Cal Poly
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 21,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit www.calpoly.edu.
 
About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world -- including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies -- to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.
 
About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.
 
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Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong speaking at launch event
Teresa Carlson of AWS speaking at launch event
Teresa Carlson of AWS and Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong mingling at launch event

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