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APDS selected to accelerate innovation for governments in global AWS GovTech Accelerator

The Ed-Tech company APDS will use AWS cloud solutions to address educational barriers incarcerated individuals face.

New York, NY (Sept 19, 2023) — APDS announced its selection to participate in the global AWS GovTech Accelerator, a new program from Amazon Web Services (AWS) designed to help startups develop solutions that address the needs of government agencies.

Across the United States, many 911 centers are running on legacy technology vulnerable to disaster-related outages, while others face staffing gaps as high as 50%. Courts and other justice and public safety organizations are targeted by a rising number of cyber events, as the digitization of paper workloads increases the amount of sensitive data requiring secure storage. In response, AWS launched its first GovTech Accelerator, focusing on justice and public safety

The goal is to support the development of technologies that can address challenges such as increasing community engagement, deterring crime, and reducing recidivism. The AWS GovTech Accelerator includes a four-week virtual program and in-person technical and business mentorship opportunities for GovTech startups. 

APDS is one of 13 organizations selected for the inaugural AWS GovTech Accelerator. This opportunity will support APDS’ efforts to develop new products designed to help improve outcomes for the justice-impacted and ultimately reduce cost and recidivism.

Nate Ober, APDS’ Chief Technology and Product Officer, expressed his gratitude, noting that “AWS is the backbone of our technology as we continue our mission to reduce recidivism by providing pathways to sustainable careers for the incarcerated. We’re excited to be a part of the AWS GovTech Accelerator, strengthening our relationship with AWS even further as we bring a new and exciting product to our learners.” 

The AWS GovTech Accelerator provides hands-on AWS and technical training as well as business mentorship from AWS customers and members of the AWS Partner Network (APN). APDS will also receive AWS computing credits and opportunities to speak with leaders in government technology to understand their unique needs and challenges. 

“Innovation is one of our core leadership principles at AWS,” said Kim Majerus, vice president of global education and US state and local government at AWS. “That is why we launched the AWS GovTech Accelerator, to help startups innovate solutions supporting first responders, courts, emergency services, and more. We want to help accelerate these crucial solutions’ development, iteration, and launch.”

Learn more about the AWS GovTech Accelerator



Founded in 2014, APDS’ mission is to prepare every justice-impacted individual for a living wage career. Through the career readiness platform, their proprietary “Whole Learner Framework™” delivers education technology assessments designed by expert educators to transform learners for renewed career-readiness and reskilled education and training on a customized pathway to earn living wage employment and reenter society to rebuild their lives.

APDS is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) and certified B-Corporation, based on a philosophy that never charges incarcerated individuals or their families for its technology or services. APDS products and services are deployed across 18 states, including the District of Columbia — in hundreds of facilities across the United States, servicing thousands of justice-impacted individuals. To learn more, go to


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