Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of a Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) at the University of British Columbia, the first of its kind in Canada.

Part of an ongoing relationship between AWS and UBC, the CIC will provide students, staff, and faculty access to cloud technology to advance projects, along with training on how to employ Amazon’s innovation processes.

Opening in early 2020, the CIC will focus on issues of health and wellbeing and is officially called the UBC Community Health and Wellbeing CIC, powered by AWS.

The CIC will support student teams tackling real-world issues and challenges, where application of novel and emerging technology or computing approaches are essential.

The CIC will change the way UBC teams use cloud technology, drive innovation, and improve agility and cost. Teams working on projects will also have in-person support from a Vancouver-based AWS team of cloud computing and data experts.

Using Amazon’s innovation methodology, dedicated UBC and AWS CIC staff will work with students, staff, and faculty, as well as community, government or not-for-profit organizations to define challenges. The team will engage with subject matter experts, identify potential solutions to the challenges, and to build Proof of Concepts (PoCs).

All of the innovation challenge outputs, including the PoCs, will be published as open source for other community members to access and use.

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