Amazon has announced a new program, AWS in Education, offering educational institutions and faculty access to grants to allow them to help students get hands-on experience
AWS in Education provides a set of programs that enable the worldwide academic community to easily leverage the benefits of Amazon Web Services for teaching and research. With AWS in Education, educators, academic researchers, and students can apply to obtain free usage credits to tap into the on-demand infrastructure of Amazon Web Services to teach advanced courses, tackle research endeavors and explore new projects – tasks that previously would have required expensive up-front and ongoing investments in infrastructure.
Allowing students and faculty reduced cost access is a genius move for Amazon. Why not allow students to learn their system – hoping that when those students graduate and get jobs in the field, they’ll look to Amazon as a place where they can use their skills and experience and get applications going quickly. Genius.