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Cal Poly Launches Digital Transformation Hub for Innovation

A new project at California Polytechnic State University will focus on problem-solving and innovation around public sector technology challenges. Created to "accelerate digital transformation in the government, education and nonprofit sectors through the application of cloud technologies," the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DT-Hub) is a joint effort between the university and Amazon Web Services.

"Cal Poly is proud to be a part of the world's first cloud innovation center developed as a collaboration between AWS and an educational institution," said Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong, in a statement. "We have the unique opportunity to use our 'Learn by Doing' philosophy to work with the worldwide leader in innovation to define the standard for digital transformation in government, education and nonprofits."

The DT-Hub will convene "innovation communities" made up of experts from the California State University System, California state and local government, and commercial enterprises, to share ideas on addressing a variety of digital challenges. Possible topics include creating more efficient methods for storing and using police body camera data, reducing the cost for agricultural research, and using technology to fight human trafficking.

The problem-solving efforts will adapt the "AWS innovation process" to "engage communities of stakeholders, AWS resources and Cal Poly/CSU subject-matter experts to quickly understand problems from the viewpoint of the customer and then formulate solutions that address those needs," according to a news announcement. The resulting solutions and ideas will be made publicly available.

For more information, visit the DT-Hub website.

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