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In-Person AWS re:Invent 2021 is Back!

by Harold Fritts

AWS re:Invent 2021 developer conference returns Las Vegas from November 30 through December 3. In-person attendance sold out quickly, but there is still the option for attending virtually. You can still register here if you are interested. Our team will be on-site and remote, digging into the latest in AWS and trying to sort out some of the best of what over 200 partners have to offer.

AWS re:Invent 2021 developer conference returns Las Vegas from November 30 through December 3. In-person attendance sold out quickly, but there is still the option for attending virtually. You can still register here if you are interested. Our team will be on-site and remote, digging into the latest in AWS and trying to sort out some of the best of what over 200 partners have to offer.

AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent 2021

This is the tenth year for re:Invent and usually attracts as many as 60,000 attendees. After the pandemic forced the 2020 event to go 100% virtual, attendees can expect Vegas to be buzzing. This conference offers something for everyone, including an abundance of after-hours festivities.

It’s not just Amazon though, key AWS re:Invent 2021 sponsors and exhibitors include:

  • VMware
  • Cisco
  • AMD
  • IBM
  • veeam
  • NetApp
  • Red Hat
  • NVIDIA

Get a complete list of sponsors here.

In addition to the sponsors and exhibitors, you can take advantage of free sessions to sharpen your cloud skills. Be sure to register for these sessions, or you could miss out. Download the AWS re:Invent 2021 app to improve your overall experience.

  • Breakout sessions

    AWS re:Invent breakout sessions are lecture-style and one hour long. These sessions take place across the re:Invent campus and cover all topics at all levels (200–400). Sessions are delivered by AWS experts, customers, and partners, and they typically include 10–15 minutes at the end for Q&A.

    Virtual attendees can view breakout sessions on demand the week after re:Invent. Access to on-demand breakout sessions is included for in-person attendees.

  • Workshops

    Workshops are two-hour hands-on sessions where you work in teams to solve problems using AWS services. Workshops organize attendees into small groups and provide scenarios to encourage interaction, giving you the opportunity to learn from and teach each other. Each workshop starts with a short lecture (10–15 minutes) by the main speaker, and the rest of the time is spent working as a group.

  • Chalk talks

    Chalk talks are a highly interactive content format with a small audience. Each begins with a short lecture (10–15 minutes) delivered by an AWS expert, followed by a 45- or 50-minute Q&A session with the audience. The goal is to foster a technical discussion around real-world architecture challenges. Chalk talks are one hour long and contain expert-level content presented by AWS experts. There will be hundreds of chalk talks at AWS re:Invent 2021, so be sure to carefully choose the ones that are most interesting to you and come with questions!

  • Builders’ sessions

    These are 60-minute small group sessions with up to six attendees per table, and one AWS expert, who is there to answer questions and provide guidance. It’s just you, your laptop, and the AWS expert.

  • Content Hubs

Watch live streams of the most popular sessions in Content Hubs. Available at Caesars Forum, Venetian, and Wynn, Content Hubs feature multiple session streams in one place with a relaxed environment. In addition, Content Hubs feature experiences from Salesforce and AWS DeepRacer.

There are also labs and boot camps as well as the ability to take AWS certification tests.

Because of the size of AWS re:Invent 2021, it’s important to have a strategy! What is your primary focus and goal for attending this event?  re:Invent’s AWS Hero Guides can be a helpful resource to find sessions on specific topics.

re:Invent has several session formats:

  • Keynotes — As with any conference, Keynotes deliver news and updates, featuring case studies and product unveilings. during a keynote, there won’t be any other sessions in that time slot. Seating is reserved, but there are overflow areas everywhere.
  • Standard Breakout Sessions — These are 60-minute lecture-style talks, usually with hundreds of participants.
  • 2.5 hour workshops — These are hands-on-keyboard sessions, usually with 100-150 participants. Sometimes participants are formed into groups to solve problems using AWS services.
  • Chalk talks — These are more interactive sessions, usually with 50-100 participants. Generally, several AWS experts will give a brief talk, with most of the time reserved for questions and discussion.
  • Builders Sessions — These are the most intimate sessions, with a max of 6 participants and a facilitator. An AWS expert will lead the group through the process of building something in AWS.

You can also schedule a one-on-one session with a support engineer if you want to deep dive into your own questions.

AWS re:Invent 2021 – Storage Leadership Session

Of course our eye is immediately drawn to Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec’s session. Mai-Lan is Vice President, Block and Object Storage, at AWS. Her leadership session encompasses a good deal of content, “learn how to build modern data architectures that scale without limit, respond with agility to unexpected pivots in demand, and fuel innovations with data-driven insights using the AWS storage portfolio and latest launches.”

This session is live November 30th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (PST) and will be rebroadcast Wednesday Dec. 1 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (GMT).
We’ve had Mai-Lan on the podcast as a guest before, check it our for a little more background on what AWS is doing from a storage perspective.

Check out the full agenda to pick out your favorite sessions to hit in person or virtually.

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