AWS for Industries

A re:Invent speaker the restaurant and food service industry won’t want to miss

I have looked forward to participating in AWS re:Invent for many years, the annual cloud computing conference hosted by Amazon Web Services in Las Vegas for 60,000 attendees for some time. While the Vegas-based conference will be virtual this year, I find myself even more excited, as it now means that all who wish to participate will have the opportunity to do so for free, and without time and money needed for a trip to The Strip.

re:Invent offers many types of sessions: bootcamps, jams, gameday, hackathons, chalk talks, and of course keynotes. Having consumed livestreams and replays from past re:Invent events, my personal favorite is the customer speaker sessions. I find these opportunities to learn from actual AWS customers, insightful, revealing, and inspirational. This year I will have the privilege of introducing Richard Haigh, Chief Technology Officer, Just Eat Takeaway. Just Eat Takeaway is a global leader in the restaurant to consumer delivery marketplace and is continuing its growth, through the recently announced acquisition of Grubhub, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2021. Just Eat Takeaway services more than 200,000 restaurants, across 24 countries with its’ 34 distinct brands and I have asked Richard to share how he and Just Eat Takeaway are “building resilience for the long run” continuing the theme established as travel and hospitality companies respond to these unprecedented times. I believe all industry peers will benefit from his insights as a technologist and organizational creator of high-performance culture, especially in light of the restaurant industry shift to delivery channels. The Session will premier on Dec 3 at 10:00am PT, so don’t miss it and feel free to invite your entire organization who can take advantage of this unique opportunity by checking out re:Invent for free.

In addition to Richard Haigh, my peers have asked Jeffrey Goh, the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest airline alliance, the Star Alliance (“How Star Alliance is Building Resilience for the Long Run”) and Scott Strickland, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the largest hotel company, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, (“How Wyndham Hotels is Building Resilience for the Long Run”) to also share how they are building resiliency for their respective organizations. I look forward to participating in all three sessions to observe both the similarities and unique approaches.

Take advantage of this opportunity and register for re:Invent. Once you register, search for the relevant sessions by title to and add them to your agenda. You can also search by the “Travel and Hospitality” track. And be sure to use the Travel and Hospitality Attendee guide to help you get the most out of the event and to follow #reinvent2020 and #reinvent. “See” you there…

Steven Elinson

Steven Elinson

Steven M. Elinson leads AWS Worldwide Business Development, Restaurants, the global industry practice for Amazon Web Services (AWS), with a charter to support customers as they accelerate cloud adoption. Today’s restaurant must deliver a personalized and seamlessly connected guest experience while being operationally efficient with optimized assets, high utilization, predictive analytics and quality, health and safety standard compliance. As a trusted advisor, Steven utilizes his broad knowledge and 30 years of experience to drive these guest experiences (top-line) and to increase operational efficiency (bottom- line.) Before joining AWS, Steven held various leadership roles in restaurant and restaurant technology businesses. His experience ranges from operations, training, supply chain, technology and new concept creation having created and sold a restaurant concept. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University.