Sri Lanka Association of Software & Services Companies (SLASSCOM) acts as the catalyst of growth of the Sri Lankan IT and BPM industries by facilitating trade and business, propagating education and employment, encouragement in research and innovation, and supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework.

The objective of the collaboration with AWS Educate is to rapidly skill Sri Lanka’s workforce to compete both locally and globally in an emerging tech frontier. This collaboration with AWS was sought by the SLASSCOM leadership based on the Hot Skills Survey 2018 which concluded that Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) and Big Data are the top trending areas globally.

This strategic and evolving collaboration will work towards transforming the education system by enabling it to produce a robust supply of future-proof digital talent for Sri Lanka.

The following cloud learning paths have been worked out for the students in Engineering & Non-Engineering courses across the universities & institutes in Sri Lanka.

Program Name: Cloud Literacy Program, Powered by AWS Educate

About the Program:
This course explores cloud computing models and Amazon Web Services (AWS) fundamentals. The program also covers the basic level of understanding of important cloud security concepts.

Learning Audiences:
- Cloud Literacy
- Any engineering/ polytechnic /non-engineering Student (preferably- 1st-year student)

Pre Requisites:
- Basic knowledge of Windows/ Linux operating systems
- Working knowledge of any web browser
- AWS Educate membership. Instructions will be provided by the college on how to register in the program.

Program Name: Cloud Computing Fundamentals, Powered by AWS Educate

About the Program:
Learn about the Amazon Web Service (AWS) solutions - including compute, storage, analytics, databases, networking, and developer tools – that companies large and small across the globe use to build their businesses.

Registered students will have access to self – paced content designed to introduce cloud computing technologies that drive innovation in fields such as artificial intelligence, voice, and facial recognition, gaming, medical advancement, and more.

Learning Audiences:
- Engineering / Polytechnic /Non-Engineering students – 2nd year

Pre Requisites:
- Basic knowledge of Windows/ Linux operating systems
- Working knowledge of any web browser
- Understanding of Databases, Computer Architecture & Java Programming

Program Name: Foundation in Cyber Security, Powered by AWS Educate

About the Program:
As the world becomes more connected, security will continue to be a foundational element of technology. Cybersecurity specialists use their expertise to identify security risks and protect computer systems, networks, applications, and data. This program focuses on the skills and expertise cybersecurity specialists use to keep user information safe in the cloud, including network protocols, coding, and risk identification and management.

Learning Audiences:
- Foundation in Cyber Security
- 3rd year students from any engineering/polytechnic branch

Pre Requisites:
- Basic knowledge of Windows/ Linux operating systems and working with any browser
- Theoretical concepts of computer networks, ISO-OSI layers, and networking protocols
- AWS Educate Membership. Instructions will be provided by the college on how to register in the program.

Program Name: Basics of Machine Learning, Powered by AWS Educate

About the Program:
Learn about the diverse knowledge and skills machine learning scientists use every day, including distributed systems, programming and scripting, and data analytics.

Leaning Audiences:
- B.E / B.Tech , Final year Computer Science / Information Technology / Electronics & Communications , B.Sc Computer Science 3rd year

Pre-Requisites
- Knowledge of Java, Python, and Scala
- Knowledge of database concepts including relational and NoSQL Databases
- Experience with linear algebra, probability theory, calculus, calculus of variations, graph theory, statistics and probability, differential equations, mathematical statistics, optimization, regression and time series, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, Bayesian Modeling and fitting of a distribution

======================================================================================

AWS Educate Program
The AWS Educate program ("AWS Educate") is Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to greatly accelerate cloud-related learning and to help power the workforce of tomorrow. The program offers a robust set of no-cost tools, resources, and AWS Promotional Credits for students and educators to skill up on the cloud.

Students receive several benefits upon approval into AWS Educate:
- AWS Promotional Credits to explore AWS tools and service
- Specialized content & hands-on activities designed to get students comfortable with the basic of cloud computing
- Access to 12 Cloud Career Pathways covering in-demand topics such as machine learning, cybersecurity, and software development, each with 30+ hours of content
- Ability to earn AWS badges for different competencies such as IoT, gaming, and Alexa skills
- The AWS Educate job board with job and internship opportunities from Amazon and other companies in the AWS Partner network

Student interaction with AWS Educate is focused initially on learning pathways to enable students to understand AWS technology and how these skills relate to in-demand career opportunities.

To learn more about the AWS Educate program, visit www.awseducate.com

Benefits for Students
• The program enables students to build basic cloud computing skills. After successful completion, learners will receive an AWS Cloud Badge.
• Each student from an AWS Educate member institute is eligible to receive AWS Promotional Credit on enrollment.

Program Support
SLASSCOM will provide the step by step process to join AWS Educate at the Institute/University level. Students will require the domain email IDs of their respective Institute to join the program.

A detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions have been provided in the following link –
AWS Educate Frequently Asked Questions

Other Initiatives