About AWS GetIT

Amazon Web Services (AWS) GetIT is a fully funded programme aimed at young students, especially girls, to help them to gain digital skills, challenge gender stereotypes within the industry, and consider a career in technology. The programme enables students to design an ‘app for good’ that makes real, tangible social change within their school and community. 

As they prepare to present their ideas to wider audiences, students will build experience working in teams and gain self-confidence, all while being exposed to technology as a potential career. 

AWS GetIT and Future Foundations have teamed up to offer this programme to schools across the UK, Ireland, and Germany. 

95
Schools nationwide taking part in AWS GetIT 2019/20
16,500
12-13 year-olds reached through assemblies in 2019
6
AWS GetIT bootcamps delivered across London, Manchester and Cambridge in 2019

Applications from UK and Ireland schools are now being accepted 2021-22 academic year. To apply, please complete the country-specific form below. Because this application process is very competitive and not all school applicants will be accepted for our limited slots, we recommend applying as soon as possible. 

How does AWS GetIT work?

AWS GetIT begins in the school’s Autumn term and runs through the full academic year.

Launch Assembly

Each school begins the programme with a launch assembly led by an AWS GetIT Ambassador. During the assembly, students are introduced to the AWS GetIT programme and a wealth of opportunities that exist for women working in technology.

Bootcamp

Following the assembly, students will start working on their app design using the AWS GetIT Challenge Pack.  As they complete the AWS GetIT Bootcamp, they will learn about the different types of technology and how best to design an app focused on solving issues in their school or local community. The bootcamp will be delivered virtually with a series of videos and other online content. During the bootcamp, the school’s AWS GetIT Ambassador will provide ongoing support to help students get the most out of their experience.

Idea Submission and Competition

After completing the bootcamp, the app ideas students created can be considered for submission into AWS GetIT’s inter-school app design competition. The school’s AWS GetIT Ambassador will work with the school to provide support and feedback to the students as they continue working on their app ideas leading up to the competition submission deadline. Each school can submit two team’s app ideas to the competition. All submissions are then judged and the top 10 selected for the Semi-finals where teams will present their ideas to a group of judges from AWS.

Alumni Opportunities 

AWS GetIT provides returning schools and alumni students with opportunities and experiences that will help inspire students to consider a career in technology. Alumni students are invited to attend a Mentoring Events a year after they finish the programme. Alumni students are mentored by tech professionals. During the mentoring events, alumni students can ask them about how they started their career in technology.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is AWS?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centres globally. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing start-ups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster. AWS is an Amazon.com company.

Learn more about what cloud computing is from this video: https://youtu.be/mxT233EdY5c.

Who are ambassadors and what is their role?

During the programme, each school will be assigned an AWS GetIT Ambassador. Ambassadors are Amazon employees or AWS customers who are responsible for: introducing AWS GetIT to the students via a launch assembly; participates in the bootcamp; assists student teams with their competition submissions; and provides ongoing support to help students get the most out of their experience. All ambassadors complete training and a DBS check before engaging with youth audiences.

The programme is aimed at girls, but can boys take part?

While this programme is aimed at girls, we welcome boys to take part as we’re keen for everyone to be aware of the opportunities in the technology, and to challenge the gender stereotype within the industry.

If we are a Special Educational Needs school can we still take part in the programme?

We can support your school to make adjustments and are available for telephone calls and video calls during the programme.

Contact

If you have any questions about the AWS GetIT programme, please contact our team at: aws@future-foundations.co.uk