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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.

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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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.






#40 – Hello Sunday Morning scales access to alcohol-related health services with AWS

This week, the Fix This team chatted with Hello Sunday Morning (HSM), an Australian nonprofit organization. HSM uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help change people’s relationship with alcohol consumption by providing access to professional health support and a community of like-minded individuals looking to change their alcohol consumption habits. To better understand how the AWS Cloud helps scale the app by ten-fold, the team spoke to Andy Moore, chief executive officer of HSM. Andy...


#39 - UsAgainstAlzheimer’s promotes brain health education

May is Mental Health Awareness month. To explore the topic, the Fix This team sat down with Brooks Kenny, executive director of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and director of the Be Brain Powerful Campaign at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. Brooks talks about the recently launched BrainGuide, made in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Biogen who provided in-kind and financial support. From an assessment to resources, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s aims to reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s...


#38 - Rush University and City of Chicago build cloud-based analytics hub

The Fix This team sat down with Dr. Bala Hota, vice president and chief analytics officer at Rush University Medical Center, to learn about the analytics hub the university created in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health. The hub aggregates and analyzes multi-hospital data, which allows clinicians to monitor bed availability across the city and make data-driven decisions. The analytics hub is powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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,...


#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...


#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...


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.


#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.


#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...


#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...


#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,...


#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...


#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,...


#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...


#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...


#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...