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Amazon Web Services Makes a New Play in Public-Sector AI

Backed by $50 million worth of rewards, this new push from the cloud operator aims to spark innovation in generative AI projects. The move comes as Amazon’s AWS keeps expanding in government.

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Amazon's newest push into government technology involves artificial intelligence and $50 million.

The company recently launched what it calls the AWS Worldwide Public Sector Generative Artificial Intelligence Impact Initiative. AWS stands for Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing unit.

According to a blog post, Amazon envisions the two-year push as helping “public-sector organizations — and those that directly support their technology needs” to innovate via generative AI services from Amazon Web Services.

AI, of course, has quickly gained mainstream acknowledgement among local and state governments even as officials debate how to deal with its advancements.

Amazon says it has put up $50 million worth of AWS promotional credits, training and technical expertise to encourage more innovation for generative AI in the public sector.

The initiative is open to current or new AWS customers and partners, and runs until June 30, 2026. Awards will be based on such factors as customer experience with building new technology, how mature product ideas are and the breadth of generative AI skills already possessed by the customer.

“Across the public sector, leaders are seeking to leverage generative AI to become more efficient and agile,” wrote Dave Levy, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector at AWS, in the blog post. “However, public-sector organizations face several challenges such as optimizing resources, adapting to changing needs, improving patient care, personalizing the education experience and strengthening security.”

As Amazon tries to raise the profile of its AI services in the public sector, the company’s cloud services continue to gain traction among local and state agencies. One example of that came earlier this year when Tyler Technologies, one of the giants in the government technology industry, extended its business relationship with AWS.