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Cal Poly Taps AWS To Help It Solve Public Sector Tech Problems

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) this week launched an initiative with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help government, education and nonprofit organizations keep pace with emerging technologies.

The university is touting its new Digital Transformation Hub (or DT-Hub) as the "world's first university-based cloud innovation center powered by [AWS]." Its launch is an extension of Cal Poly's existing partnership with AWS announced this past June, involving the migration of "all core applications" to the AWS cloud.

The DT-Hub aims to combine AWS' technical expertise with Cal Poly's resources as one of the top STEM universities in the country to solve technology and business problems submitted by public sector organizations. Accepted projects can cover a wide swath of public sector categories, from agriculture to law enforcement.

As projects are submitted to the DT-Hub, a team made up of AWS employees and Cal Poly students will do research on the problem, consult with experts in the relevant fields, as well as with various stakeholders in the public sector community, and then propose a solution -- a process that takes roughly 10 weeks from start to finish.

The group will make the solutions available in the public domain "so it can be duplicated by other organizations and benefit citizens across California," according to the DT-Hub Web site.

"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," said Teresa Carlson, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector at AWS, in a prepared statement. "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."

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