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Your guide to Amazon DynamoDB sessions at AWS re:Invent 2022

AWS re:Invent 2022 is almost here! This post includes a complete list of sessions dedicated to Amazon DynamoDB at re:Invent, November 28 through December 2, 2022. Use the information on this page to help schedule your conference week in Las Vegas this year.

Keynotes and leadership sessions

Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of AWS Data and Machine Learning

Wednesday, November 30, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Swami Sivasubramanian as he reveals the latest AWS innovations that can help you transform your company’s data into meaningful insights and actions for your business. In this keynote, several speakers discuss the key components of a future-proof data strategy and how to empower your organization to drive the next wave of modern invention with data. Hear from leading AWS customers who are using data to bring new experiences to life for their customers.

Jeff Carter, Vice President, Relational Databases and Migrations, Amazon – AWS

Your data: How you need it, where you need it, when you need it

Wednesday, November 30, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

In this session, Jeff Carter describes how AWS purpose-built data services can overcome these challenges and shares a vision for achieving “data anti-gravity.” Hear how Disney and Intuit migrated to multiple AWS fully managed databases to build faster and scale further than previously possible.

Dr. Werner Vogels, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Thursday, December 1, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Dr. Werner Vogels, as he shows how customers and AWS are using novel architectural patterns to build scalable, resilient, and fault-tolerant applications. He highlights innovations and emerging technologies that enable builders to create systems that would have been previously unimaginable and describes how the cloud is at the center of this new era of innovation.

Level 200—Intermediate

Get started building your first serverless, event-driven application

SVS209, Breakout Session
Monday, November 28, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Emily Shea, Head of Application Integration Go-To-Market at AWS, shares firsthand experience and practical steps for getting started building serverless web applications. Emily wanted to build a solution to an everyday problem: regularly practicing a second language. This session shares the process of evolving that solution from an AWS Lambda function into a fully featured application that uses Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, Amazon EventBridge, AWS Step Functions, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon QuickSight, the AWS Amplify Console, and more. Learn why serverless is a great tool set for experimenting with new ideas, and hear how the extensibility and modularity of serverless applications allow you to start small and quickly add features.

How Moody’s uses serverless and microservices for ESG scores

FSI205, Breakout Session
Monday, November 28, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Environment, social, and governance (ESG) considerations are reshaping financial markets and risk-based decision making for investors. Moody’s offers a scalable solution to publish ESG data-driven scores with transparency to support detailed analytics. ESG results are incorporated into client-facing platforms and risk-based models for portfolio management. Doing so requires unifying multiple data sources, cleansing that data, and analyzing it without manual intervention. In this session, learn how Moody’s built a scalable serverless platform on AWS to address this challenge. Moody’s shares how its serverless and microservices architecture allows them to seamlessly publish ESG scores with data lineage and transparency using AWS services.

Getting started with serverless

SVS203, Workshop
Monday, November 28, 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Wednesday (repeat), November 30, 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM

In this workshop, create your first serverless web application using AWS services like Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, and Amazon DynamoDB. Learn modern development techniques to build, secure, deploy, and monitor a serverless application, and take away serverless best practices that can be applied to your own projects. Come see how quickly you can turn your ideas into working products with serverless application development. You must bring your laptop to participate.

Build a serverless web application for a theme park

SVS202, Workshop
Monday, November 28, 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Wednesday (repeat), November 30, 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Learn how to build a complete serverless web application for a popular theme park called Innovator Island. The theme park is rolling out a mobile app that provides thousands of visitors with wait times, photo opportunities, notification alerts, and language translation for visitors who need it. In this workshop, get hands-on experience building a scalable serverless application with a single-page application (SPA) frontend that delivers a feature-rich user experience. You must bring your laptop to participate.

Dive deep into Amazon DynamoDB using design puzzles

DAT203-R, Chalk Talk
Monday, November 28, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday (repeat), November 30, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In this chalk talk, dive deep into how Amazon DynamoDB works at scale by collaboratively solving a few seemingly simple but actually complex design puzzles. By understanding how DynamoDB operates, learn how you can look beyond the obvious solution to find a more effective and scalable one.

Choosing the right databases for your application

DAT207, Chalk Talk
Tuesday, November 29, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday (repeat), November 30, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

In this chalk talk, learn how to evaluate the right database for your application. Often when organizations are moving from monolithic databases they have to evaluate a daunting number of factors to determine the best option for their workloads. Discover the most common and influential qualification criteria that will help you determine if a relational database, non-relational database, or mix of both would be most appropriate for your use case.

Build with prototypes: Be a customer-obsessed developer

BWP201, Breakout Session
Tuesday, November 29, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

To succeed in the software as a service market, it is crucial to quickly go to the market and learn what customers love about your product. Prototypes can help you achieve rapid illustration of the final product and validation of your design ideas. Join this session to learn about the Amazon Buy with Prime (BwP) team’s journey of building prototypes and shaping product development with a focus on customers. Discover how they were able to develop and deploy prototypes at scale and speed using AWS managed services and AWS CDK infrastructure as code.

How ADP & Twilio realize business vision with purpose-built databases

DAT212, Breakout Session
Tuesday, November 29, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In this session, learn how ADP, the largest payroll company in the world, delivered their next-generation products and achieved goals to increase performance and reduce cost with superior scalability using AWS purpose-built databases. ADP will share their best practices for achieving digital transformation to match business ambitions. Learn how Twilio transformed their data infrastructure by using AWS purpose-built databases to successfully address the scalability requirements associated with hypergrowth, helping them to achieve more than 50 percent YoY growth. Twilio will highlight best practices for designing a scalable storage layer for your application.

How Fidelity Investments and Reltio modernized with Amazon DynamoDB

DAT213, Breakout Session
Tuesday, November 29, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

When two industry leaders started their application modernization journey, both chose Amazon DynamoDB. In this session, learn how they embraced DynamoDB as their non-relational, serverless database solution. Learn how Fidelity modernized their live trade execution and order routing workload from Oracle to DynamoDB, and increased resiliency through a multi-Region architecture with global tables. Discover how Reltio, a cloud-native real-time master data management SaaS company, adopted DynamoDB to meet growth demands for a subset of their microservices, followed by a migration from Apache Cassandra.

How Creative Assembly delivers live games at scale with AWS

GAM202, Breakout Session
Tuesday, November 29, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Creative Assembly (CA), a SEGA studio, has been at the forefront of the strategy gaming genre for 22 years with its award-winning Total War franchise. To foster innovation and help with speedier iteration, CA decided to go all in on AWS, evolving its live services architecture to use over 62 AWS services including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EC2, Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, and AWS Lambda. In this session, learn how cloud can help game studios deliver AAA games to large global audiences, how evolving game architecture can simplify operations, and how cloud can help developers focus on delivering increasingly innovative game play.

How Capital One accelerates innovation with AWS databases

DAT211, Breakout Session
Thursday, December 1, 3:30 PM –4:30 PM

Join this session to learn how Capital One uses databases such as Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility), Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon RDS to scale the digital experiences their customers want. Also learn best practices and migration guidance along the way.

Level 300—Advanced

Deploy modern and effective data models with Amazon DynamoDB

DAT320, Breakout Session
Monday, November 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

In this session, AWS Data Hero Alex DeBrie and Amazon DynamoDB Senior Principal Engineer Amrith Kumar walk you through key data modeling concepts for DynamoDB and share why DynamoDB architecture and implementation can help your applications scale seamlessly from 30 to 300 million customers while maintaining consistent, single-digit millisecond performance.

Multi-Region design patterns and best practices

ARC306, Breakout Session
Monday, November 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday (repeat), November 29, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

In this session, dive deep on the topic of multi-Region design and explore different ways to implement such architectures. Also learn about AWS service features that can help you build multi-Region solutions, including Amazon Route 53 Application Recovery Controller, Amazon CloudFront Functions, Amazon Aurora Global Database, Amazon DynamoDB global tables, and more.

Trading up: Fidelity Investments takes trading to the cloud

FSI317, Breakout Session
Monday, November 28, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The mainframe has been a cornerstone of the technical capabilities of Fidelity Investments for years. Recently, Fidelity instituted a strategic program to modernize its core brokerage platform and recast the mainframe’s capabilities into a cloud-based platform using elastic scalability and cost structures and more modern technologies while shedding technical debt. Join this session to learn more about Fidelity’s migration journey, which focuses on not only Fidelity’s technology stack (including Amazon EKS, Amazon MSK, Amazon DynamoDB, and AWS Lambda) but also its corporate culture and lessons learned from building one of the largest trading platforms on AWS.

Migrate from a relational database to Amazon DynamoDB

DAT306, Chalk Talk
Tuesday, November 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

In this chalk talk, learn the process and considerations that go into migration from a relational database to Amazon DynamoDB. Dive deep into effectively scoping the project, understanding the differences, and iteratively identifying the use cases and workflows that would benefit the most from DynamoDB features like global tables, global secondary indexes, and Amazon DynamoDB Streams. Discover how to review your access patterns and design the most effective data models for DynamoDB.

Cost optimization for Amazon DynamoDB

DAT315-R, Chalk Talk
Monday, November 29, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Friday (repeat), December 2, 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

As applications that use Amazon DynamoDB grow in traffic and size, developers want to understand the methodologies they can use to optimize costs. Cost optimization can be done both in the design phase and during operations. In this chalk talk, learn how to model and measure costs, and discover cost-optimization tools that can help you along the way.

How to prepare for the next evolution of cyberattacks (sponsored by Druva)

PRT312, Breakout Session
Tuesday, November 29, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Last year, 66 percent of ransomware attacks succeeded. What did the 34 percent of organizations that mitigated the attacks do differently, and how can you apply those lessons to your cloud deployment? In this session, learn how Druva—a cloud-native SaaS data protection solution built on AWS—protects itself from ransomware, insider threats, software supply chain, and other cybersecurity events. When do they use AWS solutions versus open-source or home-grown? How have they scaled to secure hundreds of PBs across 16 regions? Also hear about best practices Druva has seen from thousands of customers around the world.

Build and deploy a global serverless application

DAT311-R, Builders’ Session
Wednesday, November 30, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thursday (repeat), December 1, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn how to build and deploy a globally distributed serverless application, where end users interact with data located closest to them. In addition, learn how to use Amazon DynamoDB global tables to replicate changes across all AWS Regions to allow interactions between a global application userbase. You must bring your laptop to participate.

Design and build modern mobile apps

ARC302, Workshop
Wednesday, November 30, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

In this workshop, build a photo-sharing app using AWS Amplify, and build serverless services using AWS Well-Architected best practices. Learn how to include capabilities like user signup/sign-in and management, storage, and real-time and offline data to support photo posting, likes, and in-app notifications. Gain hands-on experience designing and building a modern mobile app using AWS Amplify, AWS AppSync (GraphQL API), AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3, and Amazon Cognito. This workshop requires an iOS or Android mobile device with either Expo Go (for iOS) or Expo (for Android) installed. You must bring your laptop to participate.

Migrating to purpose-built databases for microservices

ARC303, Workshop
Wednesday, November 30, 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to migrate a monolithic enterprise database to a purpose-built database with microservice architecture (MSA). Migrate a single RDBMS to in-memory (Redis), ranking (Redis), document (MongoDB), key-value (Amazon DynamoDB), and time-series (Amazon Timestream) purpose-built databases using AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS), database engine native utilities, and user-defined scripts. Also, migrate legacy applications to microservices to work with purpose-built databases. This workshop lets you experience application performance improvement while decreasing database load. You must bring your laptop to participate.

Deploy AWS global databases for a global user base

DAT317, Chalk Talk
Wednesday, November 30, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Modern applications are increasingly global, serving a user base dispersed around the world, and users expect the best possible experience no matter where they are located. In this chalk talk, discover how AWS global database service capabilities can help you scale your workloads to serve a global audience. The talk starts with common patterns of regional application expansion and leads to a solution that fits the audience’s needs. Discover best practices and ways to address the common tensions between data access latency, data consistency, developer experience, and end user experience in the most effective way for your use case.

Modernize and gradually migrate your data model from SQL to NoSQL

BOA321, Breakout Session
Thursday, December 1, 11:45 AM – 12:45 AM

Serverless architectures allow developers to modernize their applications by rethinking their architecture to reduce infrastructure management tasks and seamlessly scale and integrate with many services at a significantly lower cost. While there are ways to refactor the code base, changing the data model remains a challenging task in virtually every modernization. Join this session to learn more about tools and practices for gradually migrating a SQL database model to Amazon DynamoDB and building the right APIs with AWS AppSync and GraphQL.

Build an iOS-native app with a cloud-based backend

BOA332, Workshop
Thursday, December 1, 2:45 PM – 4:45 PM

In this workshop, create a data-driven iOS-native app integrated with a cloud-based backend. Learn how to use Amazon Cognito to manage user authentication. Discover how to design a data-first strategy with GraphQL APIs to store data in Amazon DynamoDB. Learn how to use an AWS Amplify library to authenticate users, communicate with the API, and download images from Amazon S3. You must bring your laptop to participate.

Level 400—Expert

Building resilient multi-site workloads using AWS global services

SUP401, Breakout Session
Tuesday, November 29, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

In this session, discover how AWS uses predictable isolation boundaries to create zonal, regional, and global services. Then, dive deep into best practices for utilizing global services to prevent single points of failure. Find out how Netflix has used these best practices to create tools that empower them to reliably evacuate an AWS Region when they detect an issue. By the end of this session, you will have a deeper understanding of control planes and data planes, the concept of static stability, and how to architect resilient multi-site workloads when you use AWS global services.

Build a web-scale application with purpose-built databases & analytics

DAT401, Workshop
Monday, November 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday (repeat), December 1, 2:45 PM – 4:45 PM

In this workshop, learn to build modern web applications at scale using purpose-built databases. Discover how to apply development patterns using Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Neptune, and Amazon OpenSearch Service to build a fully functional and scalable bookstore ecommerce application and dive deep into best practices along the way. Basic familiarity with AWS concepts and services such as IAM, VPC, networking, and storage services is recommended. You must bring your laptop to participate.

More DynamoDB sessions

To find all the re:Invent 2022 sessions featuring DynamoDB from tracks like Serverless, AI/ML, DevOps, and others, visit the Session Catalog and set the Services to Amazon DynamoDB.

About the author

Picture of the authorDarcy Jayne is a Technical Writer on the Amazon DynamoDB team. She has a background in system administration and has been a technical writer and editor for multiple companies. Before joining DynamoDB, she was a member of the AWS Security Blog editorial team. Outside of work, her favorite hobbies are reading, enjoying a good meal, and spending time hiking in the mountains of Washington state.