Amazon opens new Tech Hub in Houston
Amazon’s 18th Tech Hub will officially open its doors to the Houston community today—and we’re we're hiring.
Our 25,000-square-foot office in the city’s Energy Corridor will predominantly welcome Amazon Web Services (AWS) teams, with roles including software development engineering, solutions architecture, data analytics, professional services, product management, and account sales, in addition to teams dedicated to educating AWS customers and helping them grow their business. The office, located at the heart of Houston’s CITYCENTRE5 development, will also include a large training facility and an innovation lab for customer collaboration and demonstrating new technologies.
Amazon’s 18 North American Tech Hubs have more than 20,000 employees innovating for customers in cities such as Austin, Boston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Detroit, Vancouver, and Toronto. The offices, which complement our headquarters in Seattle and Arlington and Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville, employ teams assigned to a variety of emerging technologies, such as voice computing, logistics, and robotics.
“We’re looking forward to becoming a bigger part of the Houston community,” said Kris Satterthwaite, Gulf Coast enterprise sales leader, AWS. “Houston is a fantastic place to live and work, and has a strong local economy that we look forward to investing in and growing together.”
Houston is also home to several leading universities and is fertile ground for tech talent. The city’s dynamic quality of life and lower cost of living are major pluses, as well.
"Houston is such a culturally diverse city, with so many international companies based here," said Eddie Murray, global accounts lead, AWS. "We’re excited to create great jobs and hire locally to boost the local economy while also giving back to the community through programs like Amazon Future Engineer."
Investing in Texas—and giving back across the Lone Star State
Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $10 billion in Texas, from building customer fulfillment facilities, cloud infrastructure, and a 253-megawatt wind farm, to compensation for its teams. These direct investments contributed an additional $9 billion to the Texas economy and generated an additional 32,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires. More than 130,000 authors, developers, and small and mid-sized businesses in Texas are also growing their businesses with Amazon.
In 2017, Amazon stepped up to aid disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. AWS supported supplemental call centers for the American Red Cross and partnered with the Texas Homeless Network. Hurricane Harvey, which affected 13 million people across five states, taught valuable lessons about building resilient, smart data systems. Amazon customers, including GS Marketing and Gulf States Toyota, credit their migration to the AWS cloud with helping them weather the storm with minimal downtime or data loss.
Additionally, as part of Amazon’s ongoing commitment to the communities where employees live and work, the Amazon Future Engineer program—a childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and propel children and young adults from under-served and underrepresented communities to pursue careers in computer science—has added more than 160 high schools across Texas, and more than 35 in the Houston area alone. Amazon has also supported more than 100 local schools and organizations in the state through monetary and in-kind donations, and employees have dedicated thousands of volunteer hours to charities such as the North Texas Food Bank and Dallas Special Olympics Competition.