With education programs and initiatives for startups, small businesses and governmental organizations, AWS argues that the initiative will give Portuguese citizens and civil servants access to training in technical skills, including practical laboratories and technical certification programs.

“It will also provide startups and small businesses with greater access to advanced technology services and support through acceleration and incubation programs”, he adds, adding that, in addition, the initiative will help transform public administration through joint collaboration developing cloud applications for use by citizens.

At the signing of the memorandum, a ceremony where AWS representatives were present virtually, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Minister of Economy and Digital Transition, Siza Vieira, defended the need for future generations to have technical skills to support a competitive global economy and promote the development of new startups, in addition to modernizing services to citizens.

The official recalled the approval, in February, of the national plan for the digital transition and praised the use of digital technologies to “increase productivity and project Portugal in the world”.

The general director of the European public sector of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cameron J. Brooks, spoke at the meeting on the future of smart cities, from AWS “help” to the Portuguese during the pandemic crisis, as the covid ‘call center’ -19 in the Amazon cloud.

“Amazon is available for hiring cloud computing services,” said Cameron J. Brooks, also stating that, through the memo, a thousand ‘startups’ were supported.

AWS Activate will support the startup community by providing credits, technical support and AWS training, a combination of tools and expert support that the company considers “right” to optimize performance, manage risk and keep costs under control.

“Under this program, AWS plans to help 1,000 Portuguese startups over the next two years,” says AWS, in a statement released today.

AWS Educate, a program aimed at educational institutions, educators and students, and AWS Academy, a program to enable higher education institutions to prepare students for AWS certifications and cloud careers recognized by the industry, aim to support the developing the next generation of cloud builders and developing a future cloud-ready workforce in Portugal.


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