Last summer Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of a Cloud Innovation Centre at the University of British Columbia. The first of its kind in Canada, the CIC is part of an ongoing relationship between AWS and UBC, and one of seven other AWS CICs around the world.
This week AWS and UBC officially launched the CIC in a ribbon cutting ceremony with UBC President Santa Ono, Dr. Shez Patrovi, the head of business development for Healthcare and Life Sciences at AWS, and the rest of the CIC at UBC team.
The CIC will change the way UBC teams use cloud technology, drive innovation, and improve agility and cost. Students, staff, and faculty will have access to cloud technology to advance research projects, while employing Amazon’s innovation processes, including in-person support from a Vancouver-based AWS team of cloud computing and data experts.
Initial projects will focus on issues of health and wellbeing, supporting student teams tackling real-world issues and challenges, where application of novel and emerging technology or computing approaches are essential.