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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.






#69 - Navigating climate risk with First Street Foundation

As climate change increases the chance of wildfires, floods, and droughts, individuals are unsure if or when these catastrophic events will reach them. First Street Foundation is on a mission to uncover actionable climate data to deliver peace of mind and to help individuals understand their own home’s climate risk through the power of shared data and knowledge. First Street Foundation is a research and technology nonprofit building on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create a suite of scalable...

#68 - Eliminating barriers to food security

Food insecurity and hunger are known global challenges, and as a result, many people rely on local organizations to feed themselves and their families. As the largest food bank in the United States, the Houston Food Bank depends on its robust volunteer program to serve the Southeast Texas population, including home-bound individuals. As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) IMAGINE Grant winner, the Houston Food Bank developed a mobile application to streamline its home delivery service and, in turn,...


#67 - Fostering a creative and inclusive gaming industry

People of all ages turn to games for entertainment, education, creative outlets, and community building spaces. Creative Assembly—a craft-led, European gaming studio owned by SEGA Europe with over 35 years’ experience—is on a mission to ensure the future of the games industry is reflective of its diverse audience by improving diversity, equity, and inclusion across the gaming industry. Creative Assembly is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer. It uses technology to not only create its...


#66 - Powering creativity and collaboration with Netflix

Netflix, one of the world’s leading entertainment services, offers viewers a variety of movies and shows across many languages and genres—all available to stream at the push of a button. Using Amazon Web Services (AWS), Netflix is improving its global content creation by building flexible collaboration tools and workstreams that allow teams to work from virtually anywhere. To learn more, the Fix This team sat down with Naz Pethani, head of product for Netflix media technology, and Steve...


#65 - Working for planet Earth with Salesforce

To help build a sustainable future, individuals and organizations have the opportunity to create and follow sustainability best practices every day. Salesforce, a customer relationship management company, uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to lead by example and innovate on behalf of its customers and planet Earth. Using the AWS customer carbon footprint tool in addition to other services from AWS, Salesforce aims to build sustainably at all levels of its business. To learn more about how the...


#64 - Improving access to farming equipment

Farming employs nearly 60 percent of the African population, but farming equipment can be hard to access across the country. Hello Tractor is a startup determined to bridge this gap by serving over 500,000 farmers via a mobile application built on Amazon Web Services (AWS). By using the Internet of Things (IoT), data, and the cloud, Hello Tractor facilitates equipment rentals and notifies users of tractor availability giving farmers the access to the equipment they need to be successful and...


#63 - Reimagining athlete engagement at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

Historically, sports have acted as a glue bringing communities together from around the world. In June, the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games hopes to do just that in Orlando, Florida. By building a new serverless application on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the organization is connecting athletes and attendees like never before. The Fix This team chatted with Lonnie Snyder, chief information officer of the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, to hear how the app is changing the games. From providing...


#62 - Improving transplant patients’ outcomes using AWS

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is collaborating with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) from the Medical College of Wisconsin to speed the time to clinical decisions and ultimately save lives of people seeking transplants. The organization, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) IMAGINE Grant winner, turned to AWS to power the Data Transformation Initiative (DTI) to connect transplant centers, data coordinators, and patient data. To learn more, the Fix...


#61 - Preserving history with the New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and it has over a century’s worth of archives including artifacts from performance history to images. To keep pace with online demand and to better serve the public, the New York Philharmonic turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to modernize its digital archives. To understand how the New York Philharmonic began its journey with AWS, the Fix This team sat down with Gabryel Smith, director of archives and...


#60 – Building a more sustainable world with CarbonCure

Buildings are one of the leading generators of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. But using new technologies, organizations can reduce a new building’s carbon footprint and build for a sustainable future. To learn more about how the cloud is being used to help pave the way for a greener world, the Fix This team chatted with Brad Vickers, senior director of engineering digital technologies at CarbonCure. Brad shares how CarbonCure aims to reimagine the way corporations around the world...


#59: Monitoring shark populations

Sharks play a critical role in maintaining the delicate ecosystem in the ocean and on land. Discover the importance of these apex predators—from biomedical research impacting humans to ensuring the food chain remains in balance. OCEARCH, a global nonprofit organization, is on a mission to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean and educate the public with its Shark Tracker app. By using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and data, OCEARCH connects experts, fisheries, and...


#58 – Protecting African elephants

As more and more species become endangered, researchers are finding ways to protect and conserve animals and their habitats. The Elephant Listening Project from Cornell University in New York captures audio data from across the rainforest in northern Republic of Congo to track the sounds of the elusive African elephants. These recordings help researchers dive deep into the patterns and habits of the largest animals on Earth. The dataset, Sounds of Central African Landscapes, is made...


#57 - Advancing patient care with precision medicine

Adverse drug reactions are one of the leading causes of death in the US. While healthcare costs and medication-related mistakes rise, pharmacogenomics—a field of research that studies how an individual’s genes affect how he or she responds to specific medications—is becoming more accessible. Coriell Life Sciences, a precision medicine company, uses genetic science and research to improve lives, reduce healthcare costs, and speed the time to clinical decisions with its tool, GeneDose LIVE...


#56 – Driving sustainable water usage with data analytics

Founded in 2015 amid the Chennai water crisis, WEGoT Utility Solutions aims to help people optimize their water consumption habits to live more sustainably. Today, the company has over 200 customers and has saved more than three billion liters of water. To understand how WEGoT built its water management platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Fix This team sat down with Abilash Haridass, cofounder and chief executive officer of WeGOT, and VijayRam Harinathan, head of product at WEGoT....


#55 - Accelerating pilot training with data and ML

As the world faces a shortage of pilots, the need for cost-effective training and upskilling tools increases. To learn more, the Fix This team chatted with Mikhail Klassen, chief technology officer of Paladin AI. Paladin AI is a technology startup focused on training the next generation of pilots with data, machine learning, and human expertise with its training tool, InstructIQ. Listen in to discover how Paladin AI builds on Amazon Web Services (AWS), how machine learning and data can be...


#54 - Season Three of Fix This

Welcome to season three of Fix This. Hear how Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers are innovating to solve some of today’s most pressing challenges to create a more sustainable and inclusive world. Subscribe to be the first to hear.


#53 – 2021 in review

Join the Fix This team to reflect on another year of conversations with customers working to solve some of today’s largest challenges using Amazon Web Services (AWS).


#52 - Distributing emergency funds

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US government created the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide financial assistance to Americans in need. With small businesses struggling and families facing housing insecurity or homelessness, decision makers across the country needed a fast solution to streamline the distribution of these funds. To better understand the situation, the Fix This team checked in with Kelly Cimino, director of the Department of Housing...


#51 - Diversifying the tech and entertainment industries

Founded in 1867, Howard University is committed to preparing diverse, talented, and ambitious students to learn and lead across industries. In May 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a collaboration with Howard University to develop courses and a Master’s in Data Science & Analytics. Shortly after, in October 2021, Howard University and Amazon Studios announced the launch of the Howard Entertainment Program for the third consecutive year. To better understand how these initiatives are...


#50 - Preserving Sahaptian, a Native American language

In honor of November’s National Native American Heritage month in the United States, the Fix This team chatted with Lisa Minthorn, Sahaptian language technology specialist for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Building on Amazon Web Services (AWS), CTUIR created the Umatilla Language Online Dictionary to preserve the Sahaptian language for generations to come. The language is currently registered as severely endangered by the United Nations Educational,...