Last fall, we first announced our vision for Amazon Sidewalk, a neighborhood network designed to make your devices work better—both inside your home and beyond the front door. Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Amazon Sidewalk uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the 900 MHz spectrum, and other frequencies to simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices, and help devices stay online and up-to-date even if they are outside the range of home Wi-Fi.
This fall, millions of teachers, students, and families are beginning what will undoubtedly be the least traditional back-to-school moment they’ve experienced. Parents have to find new ways to balance their work, virtual learning for their children, mental load, and the other things that keep the household running.
Amazon’s commitment to The Climate Pledge means that we are focused—first and foremost—on decarbonizing our operations and sending strong signals that we are in need of new solutions and technologies to help accelerate our path to net zero carbon by 2040. Air cargo is an important part of Amazon operations, but also a highly carbon-intensive part of the global supply chain. Finding sustainable alternatives and working with all industries to accelerate the transition to more sustainable products and services is one of the most important, yet challenging, elements of our work to meet The Climate Pledge.
One of the unique features of the Amazon Future Engineer program is its long-term approach—focusing on students STEM-literacy from childhood to career. Long-term thinking is common at Amazon, and when it comes to students’ access to quality computer science education, it is critical to include elementary school students.