US: Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to help strengthen STEM education through the ConnectED initiative, Esri has announced that it will provide free ArcGIS Online account to the more than 100,000 K-12 schools in the United States. The ArcGIS Online accounts will run on cloud infrastructure provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
ConnectED is a government education program developed to prepare K-12 students throughout the United States for digital learning opportunities and future employment. Esri has offered a free ArcGIS Online account to all K-12 schools in the United States. AWS is supporting this initiative through a three-year commitment to provide cloud infrastructure to support Esri and every school using this product. Because each ArcGIS online account is valued at more than $10,000, the potential value of the contribution to the initiative is estimated around $1 billion.