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.
#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 Kowalski, director of engineering for production infrastructure at Netflix. Naz and Steve share how flexible workstations help Netflix reach and retain creative talent without geographical limitations. Empowering creators from around the world helps the company build authentic collaboration and diverse content to delight its growing global audience.
#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 cloud helps Salesforce advance its goals, the Fix This team chatted with Patrick Flynn, senior vice president and global head of sustainability at Salesforce. Patrick shares insights into what the company has achieved so far in its sustainability goals, how climate change presents enormous opportunity for individuals and businesses, and how customers can place sustainability at the center of their work.
#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 independent. To learn more about how Hello Tractor is connecting farmers to equipment and in turn opening new financial opportunities, the Fix This team spoke to Jehiel Oliver, founder and chief executive officer at Hello Tractor.
#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 virtual cheers to hosting up-to-date schedules and more, the application will act as the single source of truth to help remote or in-person attendees navigate and celebrate the athletes during the 2022 USA Games.
#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 This team chatted with Dr. Jeffery Auletta, senior vice president of patient outcomes and experience at NMDP and chief scientific director of CIBMTR Be the Match. Dr. Auletta shares how using the cloud will help clinical decision makers and patients alike.
#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 exhibitions, and his colleague, Bill Levay, digital archivist at the New York Philharmonic. Gabryel and Bill share how the organization uses the cloud to preserve history, further engage with visitors, and more. Dive into the archives at: archives.nyphil.org, and listen to the opening music—a New York Philharmonic performance of Beethoven 9 with Kurt Masur, former music director, conducting.
It’s obvious that Brad and Rachael put extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world. Such a great space for learning about the latest tech innovations making a positive difference!
This is really interesting information, but it’s just so scripted that it’s hard to listen to. I suggest letting it be more natural and less like an infomercial.
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!