AWS re:Invent 2018 – Know Before You Go

AWS re:Invent 2018 is almost around the corner with less than two weeks to go. To all of you who have been living under a rock, AWS re:Invent is the biggest, nay! The largest cloud computing event in the whole wide world, and this year it is even bigger. With an event so big; Naturally, there are certain things which should be taken care of in order to escape some very overwhelming circumstances. Now, there is only one question to ask yourself – Are you ready to re:Invent?

This year, AWS re:Invent spans across 7 different properties in Vegas which includes 2 expo halls and a lot of small venues for breakout sessions. So, here’s a list of what you should know about, in order to make the best out of your time.

  1. Pre-event Checklist

The “Pre-event Checklist” published by AWS is to help you pre-plan for the event without missing out on an integral part of it. The list comprises of critical tasks, which might help you figure out what you’re actually looking for. Reading through the guide should make your week a cake-walk.

  1. AWS Webinar Series

AWS webinar series has enabled everyone to prepare better for this year’s re:Invent. Subscribe to their YouTube channel in order to keep up with all the to-do’s and not to do’s.

  1. How to re:Invent

This year, AWS has launched their native talk show to help everyone understand the functioning of the conference. The hosts Annie & Jill are hilarious and give you all the tips and tricks to survive in the 5-day long conference.

Catch up ASAP!

  1. Code of Conduct for AWS re:Invent 2018

The official Code of Conduct is available on the AWS re:Invent website. Since it is quite important to maintain a friendly & secure environment in re:Invent, AWS has explained what type of behavior they expect from event participants. So, if you are attending, be thorough with the code of conduct.

The Code of Conduct is mostly responsible for ensuring that the event is as welcoming & safe as possible.

  1. Lodging & Travel

The hotel rooms are made available at discounted rates for those who have already registered. So, if you haven’t registered, the special discount might not be for you this time.

In addition to the seven properties, the room blocks are available at seven more, namely:

  • Park MGM
  • LINQ
  • Harrah’s
  • MGM Signature
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Wynn
  • Treasure Island

Hopping among the venues might be a bottleneck but all of them are nice enough to go wrong.

AWS re: Invent has also partnered with Lyft, Uber as well as the Las Vegas Monorail and taxi companies to provide you with travel options.

  1. Additional Registrations

During the registration, you could also sign up for additional activities including boot camps, hackathons, gamedays, and fitness events.

Events like AWS Certification training boot camps and the 4K & 8K events have limited availability and sell out quickly.

  1. Campus

The campus, this time around, has expanded to seven properties namely, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Aria, Encore, Vdara, Mirage, and The Venetian. The following are the known events amongst many that are going to be organized.

  • Sunday’s Harley Ride is at The Venetian
  • The Expo opens Monday at The Venetian
  • The Quad opens Monday at The Aria
  • Tuesday’s Global Partner Summit Keynote is at The Venetian
  • Andy Jassy holds his keynote on Wednesday at The Venetian
  1. re:Play Party

The legendary re:Play, which by the way is a massive spectacle, is organized every year where you can geek out on video-games, activities and lots and lots of food.

With an epic musical guest, AWS attempts to up their game year after year. Your full AWS re:Invent pass ensures your entry into the party. However, a guest pass worth $300.00 could also be purchased.

  1. Bootcamps

Every year AWS attempts at bringing self as well as third-party led boot camps. These can be half-day or full-day for a cost of $225-$600 depending on the camp.

Bootcamps can enable you to delve deeper on specific topics. This can be a great opportunity for you to get certified. Some of them, are:

  • Virtual Escape Room
  • Practical Data Science with Amazon SageMaker
  • Predict the future with Time Series Forecasting & Deep Neural Networks
  • Exam Readiness: Advanced Networking — Specialty
  1. Hackathons and Jams

Hackathons and Jams are an AWS re:Invent tradition. These are full-day events that concentrate on a team job. The environment around these events is energetic. There is a sense of friendly competition all around that enables the teams to bond and come up with creative ideas.

Currently, there are four options in the category:

  • Alex Hackday: Come, Build and Learn
  • 2018 re:Invent NGO Hackathon for Social Good
  • AWS Gameday: 2018 Edition
  • Security Jam

Hackathons and Jams have reserved seating this year.

  1. Workshops

You might not want to invest your entire day to one specific topic, and for that Workshops are your thing. The duration of each workshop is about 2 hours.

You would need to work in small groups to solve problems in AWS. Each workshop starts off with a 15 minute or less interactive session by the main speaker and then your group commences to work on a number of tools and scenarios.

With the help of your laptop and a lot of AWS experts, workshops are a great opportunity to learn.

  1. Session Catalog

AWS keeps updating its session catalog as it has started to populate. Hence don’t miss out on any updates and make sure that you keep checking the catalog. This year the number of sessions is going to be more than ever, and it is better to browse through the catalog as much as you can. You can also flag the sessions that are of interest to you and fit into your schedule.

  1. Hero Guides

A number of AWS Heroes will be creating guides concentrated on some selected topics. The main purpose of these guides is to provide a unique view on these topics. These guides will be available before the commencement of session registration.

  1. Sponsors & Partners

Re: Invent gives a huge opportunity to APN partners to interact with AWS customers. It renders both the development and expansion of your business as well as product differentiation to stand out.

Those interested in exploring different partnership and marketing opportunities should definitely go through the AWS re:Invent 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus.

We wish you all the best for reinvent this year.

See you in Vegas!

P.S. – The AWS re:Invent 2018 app is available for download now.