In 2015 Amazon teamed up with CoMotion at the University of Washington to announce Amazon Catalyst, a program that helps students, faculty, and staff launch truly innovative ideas that aim to solve real-world problems at large scale and make a positive, meaningful social impact. To date, Amazon Catalyst has funded 50 UW teams – Amazon Catalyst Fellows – across a range of disciplines. See examples of Amazon Catalyst Fellows below.
This year, we are trying something different. To tightly focus inspiration on the pressing issues of our time, this round of Catalyst will be based on specific themes: Urban Transportation and Computational Social Science (i.e. using data and computing analysis like machine learning and simulation, to address social problems). Proposals must address one of these themes. Preference will be given to those which leverage machine learning.
-Greg Newbloom, Amazon Catalyst Fellow, CEO, Membrion