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.
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 and chief executive officer of Capella Space. Payam explains how Capella’s Earth observation satellites use AWS Ground Station to speed up the process of downlinking data and delivering it to decision makers.
#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 Copalana uses AWS to deliver its online crowdfunding and volunteering platform.
#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, a Veteran and current AWS lead development representative for the Department of Defense (DoD). Caleb shared how he used the program to jumpstart his career at AWS, and how it shaped his current role.
#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 library of bite-sized lessons is geared toward learners from underserved communities and is designed to fit into anyone’s schedule. Next, the team talked to Pallavi Khandelwal, vice president, and Sriram Shankar, chief technology officer from EnglishHelper. EnglishHelper uses artificial intelligence and AWS to reach students across India and beyond. With their RightToRead initiative, the EdTech teaches students to read and write in English—a skill that can help close the educational gap.
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Insightful, interesting, and gives you hope in humanity again
Personally, I don’t always associate brands with good podcasts—but Fix This is an exception to that. These episodes really connect you with the people AWS is talking to and the causes those people care about. You can tell how invested the speakers are in their respective missions, and the discussions around the technology are easy to understand regardless of your technical expertise level. It’s so cool (and frankly, reassuring) to see how these orgs are using tech to make the world a truly better place. I didn't think I’d respond emotionally to stories about tech, but the way they tell these human stories really hits home. If you’re interested in tech, sustainability, or the general conversations around humanity and its future, give this a listen!
Is unlistenable a word?
From the hosts presentational style to the dated muzak transitions it feel like the podcast equivalent of listening to an infomercial. The topics are interesting, but the reporting around them is so shallow it feels like the hosts are reading questions based of the bullet points in a press release.
Episodes are short but feel like very long ads for Amazon or Alphabets cloud or data analytics services.