Fix This

Fix This

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.

Episodes

May 26, 2022 15 min
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...
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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 s...
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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 CarbonC...
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April 7, 2022 19 min
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...
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April 1, 2022 11 min
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 da...
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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 th...
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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 ...
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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 Ama...
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February 18, 2022 1 min
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.
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December 20, 2021 9 min
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).
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December 16, 2021 12 min
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 ...
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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 thir...
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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 ...
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November 5, 2021 27 min
The Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) is collaborating with SilverLining and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to run the first full-production climate-model simulations in the cloud. Using cloud-based technology and hosting the resulting datasets in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Open Data Sponsorship Program will open a powerful new avenue to accelerate climate research and democratize access to tools ...
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From forgotten objects to illegally dumped waste, Swindon Borough Council (Swindon) in the United Kingdom noticed an uptick in city-wide litter. To understand how Swindon fast-tracks cleanup and engages with residents to report illegal waste, the Fix This team chatted with Sarah Talbot, emerging technologies lead for Swindon. Sarah explains how residents use the updated service powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help Swindon l...
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The immediate impacts of climate change disproportionately affect socially vulnerable populations across the United States. The Environmental Justice of Urban Flood Risk and Green Infrastructure Solutions research project from the Urban Systems Lab at the New School explores solutions to this issue using flood risk mapping, analysis, and visualizations. The research project is supported by the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative ...
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The Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building (AIB) is temporarily reopening to celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with a special, 9-month exhibition. The FUTURES exhibit will feature the artificial intelligence (AI) and light sculpture by artist Suchi Reddy. The sculpture, me + you, was commissioned by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Fix This team sat down with Suchi Reddy, artist, Rachel Goslins, director of the Sm...
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The Fix This team sat down with Dr. Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer of Amazon and host of Now Go Build. 2021 marks the 15-year anniversary of Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this time, Dr. Vogels has traveled the world to meet with customers using AWS to solve hard, human problems. Tune in to hear Dr. Vogels discuss the customer stories that most inspire him, what they are creating, and what makes him optimistic for the futur...
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With over 500,000 children to serve, the US Children’s Bureau needed a solution that could quickly connect child welfare professionals to the right data and resources. ICF has managed the Child Welfare Information Gateway for 30 years. It is the nation’s largest library dedicated solely to child welfare and contains nearly 110,000 titles and receives over 3 million sessions annually. The Child Welfare Information Gateway is now pow...
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Lithium-ion batteries power vehicles, appliances, and plenty of items we rely on every day. In order to build a sustainable future, TWAICE, a software technology company, uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to gain valuable insights about how to improve the lithium-ion battery lifecycle. To better understand the role these batteries play in creating a more sustainable world, and how AWS is supporting their mission, the Fix This team cha...
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