Of course, given the company’s huge Amazon Web Services (AWS) business, it’s not exactly an altruistic move on its part. Nonetheless, AWS Educate aims to “help educators and students use real-world cloud technology in the classroom.”
The program will be free for educational institutions, teachers and students, following a successful application. If you are accepted, you’ll get credits fro AWS services for testing (like Amazon EC2, S3 and Amazon RDS).
There’s also Web training and self-study sessions to give hands-on experience with the technologies.
Amazon said it will also hold real-life and virtual events, as well as provide a wide-rage of materials for students and teachers.
With cloud computing looking set to be a mainstay of technology, tooling up the next generation makes a lot of sense. Particularly for Amazon if it can get a generation of cloud experts learning and locked-in to using its own tools.