About Amazon Web Services (AWS) GetIT

Amazon Web Services (AWS) GetIT is an education programme and competition designed to inspire and empower all young students to learn how to use tech and the cloud to solve real-world problems, explore different types of tech careers, challenge stereotypes, and meet professionals in tech. AWS GetIT and Future Foundations are collaborating to bring the programme and competition to schools across the United Kingdom.

The AWS GetIT programme starts in the Autumn term and finishes at the end of the Spring Term, running for 6 months through the academic year.

To sign up for the 2022-23 AWS GetIT programme please click on the link below to complete the form or email: aws@future-foundations.co.uk

How does AWS GetIT work?

AWS GetIT enables students to think about their futures and design an app that makes real, tangible social change within their school and community. Throughout the programme, students will build experience working in teams and gain self-confidence, all while being exposed to technology as a potential career. AWS GetIT is divided in three pillars:

Engage and Inspire

AWS GetIT introduces students to the programme and the cloud with a kickoff presentation at their school and introduction to the cloud sessions. The kickoff presentation and introduction sessions introduce students to the AWS GetIT, the cloud and how it’s used everyday life, a variety of technology career opportunities that exist, and design thinking.

Learn and Play

Students form teams to start learning and practicing technical and human skills in bootcamps. In their teams, they will spend time designing an app idea to solve a problem in their school or community via hands-on interactivities, games, and simulations, while being supported by their ambassador.

Design and Present

Continuing the work created in Learn and Play, students will have the option to continue to explore their app ideas to create a project submission for a country-wide AWS GetIT competition. Project submissions will be considered for the Semi-Finals and Finals, where the teams present to a panel of industry experts. In the United Kingdom AWS GetIT begins in the school’s Autumn term and runs for 6 months through the academic year.

Alumni Opportunities

AWS GetIT provides returning schools and alumni students with opportunities and experiences that will continue to inspire students to consider a career in technology.

Peer Mentoring: Alumni students are encouraged to mentor the students currently undertaking the AWS GetIT programme, helping them refine their app idea and support them in team work. 

Mentoring Panel Events: Alumni students are mentored by tech professionals. During the mentoring events, alumni students can ask them about all about their career in technology, gaining valuable advice and insight.

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 startups, 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxT233EdY5c&t=2s

How much does it AWS GetIT cost to participate?

The programme is full funded and is available at no cost for schools, educators and students.

Who are ambassadors and what is their role?

AWS GetIT Ambassadors are underrepresented in tech minority professionals from Amazon or AWS teams and customers who are passionate about inspiring the future generation of inclusive and diverse tech leaders. Each school participating in AWS GetIT is paired with an AWS GetIT Ambassador. During the programme, ambassadors introduce AWS GetIT to the students via a kickoff presentation and assist student teams with their competition submissions; and provide ongoing support to ensure educators and students get the most out of their experience.

Who can participate in AWS GetIT?

AWS GetIT strongly encourages every school to ensure participation is inclusive and representative of the population at the school, with at least 50% of programme participants being girls and underrepresented minorities. AWS GetIT wants to welcome all individuals to ensure promotion of equitable knowledge sharing of the opportunities in the technology, and to challenge the gender stereotype within the industry.

AWS GetIT is committed to building a culture of inclusion by intentionally featuring underrepresented in tech minority professionals as ambassadors, inclusive language throughout the programme materials, and recommendations on how students can ensure equitable collaboration as they design their app ideas.

I am a Special Educational Needs school. Can we participate in AWS GetIT?

Yes! We can support your school by making adjustments and providing additional support via telephone calls and video calls during the programme.

Are there any benefits after completing AWS GetIT?

Students that complete the programme are considered AWS GetIT alumni. Alumni students and returning schools receive additional AWS GetIT opportunities and experiences to help foster students’ interest in a future career in technology. Alumni students are invited to attend Mentoring Events a year after they finish the programme to receive mentorship opportunities at schools from tech professionals. During the mentoring events, alumni students can ask tech professionals about how they started their career in technology.

Where can I send my additional questions?

If you have any questions about AWS GetIT:

Learn more at: https://aws.amazon.com/campaigns/aws-get-it/

Contact our team at aws@future-foundations.co.uk

Contact

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