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Re:Invent is the annual learning and collaboration conference produced by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year it starts on Monday, November 26th, and lasts through Friday, November 30th. Things kick off on Monday with hackathons, training, and certifications. It then goes Tuesday through Friday afternoon with days full of keynotes, learning, lectures, labs, extracurriculars, and so on. Of particular interest to me is the Expo show floor, since I am in charge of CloudCheckr’s events. If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them now – AWS re:Invent sells out every year.
Whether you’re a conference veteran or a newbie, it’s easy to have your own successful re:Invent experience. To get you started, here’s a my best advice pulled from previous conferences.
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AWS re:Invent 2018 includes four-and-a-half days of content across six venues in Las Vegas, with an estimated attendance of 50,000 people. There are over 1,000 sessions to choose from that are either a traditional lecture format, a workshop, or an open forum discussion. In addition to those sessions, there are full- and half-day bootcamps, self-paced labs plus an assortment of extracurriculars like pub crawls, fitness events, parties, and more.
You can expect to learn a lot by attending sessions and networking with the AWS community of staff, partners, and expert users. You will gain a deeper knowledge about AWS and AWS best practices. If you’re already certified by AWS, you can take advantage of their Certification Lounge for members only, and if you’re not yet certified, they have testing opportunities, so you can be certified before the next AWS Summit and definitely in time for AWS re:Invent 2019!
The conference takes over Las Vegas Boulevard and includes over half a dozen venues. The re:Invent team has tried to focus session content by building to help you focus your visit and avoid an unnecessary commute between venues.
Find Here: Major keynotes, the Expo Hall (come visit us!), hands-on labs, general sessions, certification exams, certification lounge, registration, and a re:Invent Help Desk
Find Here: Hackathons, breakout overflows, chalk talks, general sessions, workshops, and more
Find Here: AWS Marketplace, builders fair, startup central, welcome reception, general sessions, breakout overflows, builders sessions, chalk talks, and more
Find Here: Breakout overflows, builders sessions, chalk talks and more.
Find here: Breakout overflows, general sessions, chalk talks and more.
Find Here: Bookable meeting space
I have two pieces of advice about planning your days:
To help with both goals, take a look at the catalog already available. Due to high demand, the AWS re:Invent team will share the final schedule, give a full week for registrants to take a look, and then open up the session reservation system seven days later. Take advantage of this time and think of this like registering for college courses back in the day – the best sessions fill up almost as soon as the registration is open, sometimes within minutes!
Read the session catalog and save tons of favorites by clicking the “I’m interested in this” option. Seating is limited for many sessions, so be sure to reserve seats at any “must see” sessions!
Sure, this is a major learning event. But like I said, you will be brain dead by day two if you plan nothing else but hardcore learning. Just like having a work life balance is important in the office, it is important at re:Invent. Keep your energy up with exercise and leisure events.
4K and 8K Charity Fun Run | 6:00 am Tuesday at The Mirage | Pre-registration required along with a $45 donation Welcome Reception | 4:00 – 7:00 pm Monday at The Venetian and Quad | Meet and greet with cloud leaders and AWS engineers Midnight Madness | 10:00 pm Sunday – 1:00 am Monday at The Venetian | Party all night until early morning Broomball Tournament | 7:30 – 9:30 pm Thursday (register for location info) | Watch as a spectator, register your team, or join an existing team to play Amazon’s signature Broomball Pub Crawl | 6:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday at Aria, Mirage, Top Golf or The Venetian | Visit some famous Vegas bars when the drinks and appetizers are free – thanks, Team re:Invent! Tatonka Chicken Wing Eating Contest | 10 pm – midnight Sunday at The Venetian | Self-explanatory, pre-registration required re:Play Party | 8:00 pm – midnight Thursday at The LINQ | Includes an EDM concert and all sorts of fun like ball pits, arcade games, a rock wall, interactive light shows, and more. It’s hard to describe – here’s a recent re:Invent party highlights video.
I hope that you have a successful re:Invent experience, and I’m pretty sure that you will if you can follow some of my planning advice. Most importantly – don’t forget to register before tickets are sold out, and visit CloudCheckr in the Expo Hall. See you in Vegas!
Jarrett Plante Events Manager