Developing a cloud-based dashboard to convey near real-time Covid-19 data
At the onset of COVID-19, Cal Poly leadership activated cross-disciplinary teams of subject matter experts, coordinated through the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), to address various aspects of the pandemic’s impact on the university. In partnership with Campus Health and Wellbeing, the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub), powered by Amazon Web Services, joined the team to help the effort. The collaboration included participation of experts from the following disciplines and departments: the Emergency Operations Center, Campus Health and Wellbeing, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Physics, Ethical Technology, Athletics, Communications and Marketing, Information Technology Services, and campus epidemiologists.
Innovation in Action
By developing prototypes and iterating on design, the team collaborated to implement the Campus Dashboard, which met the needs of Cal Poly leadership to communicate testing results of on- and off-campus resident students who tested through Cal Poly Campus Health and Wellbeing and the university’s ongoing testing program, as well as on-campus resident students who have tested positive via off-campus testing sites. The use of AWS cloud services enabled the team to quickly prototype and build a web-based dashboard that scaled to meet the demands quickly and effectively. Throughout this collaboration, the Cal Poly cross-disciplinary team tapped relevant expertise to nimbly address and identify solutions related to assist the campus response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
About the DxHub
Cal Poly’s Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) was one of the earliest collaborations between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and an educational institution focused on innovation and digital transformation. While providing students with real-world learning experiences, the DxHub applies proven innovation methodologies in combination with the deep subject matter expertise of the public sector and the technical expertise of AWS to solve challenging problems in ways not contemplated before. For more information, visit dxhub.calpoly.edu.