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Don’t miss these public sector sessions at re:Invent 2019

re:Invent 2019 is next week! Are you still filling out your schedule? Remember that reserved seating is now available for some sessions. Consider these can’t-miss sessions for the public sector:


A tale of two IT modernization strategies [WPS201]

Wednesday, Dec 4, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Join us to learn how government agencies are using AWS GovCloud (US) to achieve data center consolidation and optimization goals, and to support IT modernization. This session features the United States’ Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Veterans Affairs Enterprise Cloud program. We examine these organizations’ unique journeys through enterprise data center consolidation, and how these efforts are influencing application modernization and database management strategies. Topics include database re-platforming, refactoring legacy applications, compliance, technical strategies, implementation, and running operations in the cloud.

Build for a Better Today: Harnessing AI and Machine Learning to Transform Your Mission [WPS204]

Tuesday, Dec 3, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Learn how AWS AI and ML have the power to transform your mission and solve your biggest challenges by saving lives, curing diseases, eradicating crime such as human-trafficking child abductions, and ending future famines. Featuring speakers from Fred Hutch, Best Friends Animal Society, Maxar Group, and American Red Cross.

AWS Educate: Innovation in education [WPS203]

Wednesday, Dec 4, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Join us for four ten-minute powerful lightning talks from leading higher-education educators on topics related to AWS Educate, education, innovation, voice AI, ML, and deep learning. Featuring speakers from Northwestern University, Harvard University, and Saint Louis University.

Monitoring the Earth without costing the world [WPS323]

Wednesday, Dec 4, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

The BlueDot Water Observatory is an Earth-observation-based solution that provides reliable and timely information about surface water levels across the globe. Cost-effective yet reliable solutions for monitoring water resources are needed, as ground-based monitoring networks are often too costly and, in some cases, also unreliable. Sinergise shows how using global satellite imagery available on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) through the AWS Public Dataset Program, combined with an efficient use of services including AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon CloudWatch, you can carry out a global-scale project cheaper than previously possible.

Blockchain for science and research [WPS202]

Thursday, Dec 5, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Blockchain in science is a new data-handling paradigm that offers data privacy and a reward system associated with a blockchain network. In this session, we introduce AWS blockchain technologies and their use across various domains. Learn how blockchain technology can provide an encrypted reward system that is vital for security and transaction integrity. Featuring the National Science Foundation.

Modernizing public sector in the cloud [WPS205]

Thursday, Dec 5, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

As demand for digital services grows, public sector organizations can face budgetary, operational, and other challenges as they look to modernize their technology. Here’s where the cloud comes in. It can expedite the path from idea to IT transformation, particularly when you step beyond the IT office to communicate value and build consensus to your stakeholders. That said, each organization approaches this journey differently. Hear a variety of perspectives and tips on shifting culture, embracing a new cost model, collaborating for improved productivity, and other components of a successful cloud migration.


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Edge computing, IoT & machine learning in disaster response [STG353]

Wednesday, Dec 4, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Many government agencies and commercial organizations come together to respond to natural disaster emergencies in the field. Such responders need computing resources at the tactical edge for communications, data gathering, and reconnaissance, often in dangerous or unstable environments. In this session, we discuss a solution architecture combining AWS Snowball Edge, IoT sensors, and C4ISR software that was deployed as the AWS Disaster Response Action team tested the tracking of search parties and recovery vehicles. We also demonstrate how machine learning at the edge can augment traditional sensor data to better support first responders and decision makers during disaster scenarios.

Data migration and edge computing with the AWS Snow family [STG214]

Wednesday, Dec 4, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Many organizations still have data they want to move to AWS, and have disconnected, remote field operations that require local computing capabilities. The AWS Snow family—AWS Snowball, AWS Snowball Edge, and AWS Snowmobile—helps you move large quantities of data offline and enables data processing and storage at edge locations when network capacity is constrained or nonexistent. This session provides an update on the Snow family and dives into the operational details of migrating data and how to build edge computing architectures with Snowball Edge. Learn when and how to use the service for your migration and computing needs.


Check out the AWS Public Sector Guide to re:Invent 2019 or check out other sessions that might be relevant to government, education, and nonprofits by searching the re:Invent 2019 event catalog, filtering by Industry (select “Public Sector”).

Read our previously published blog posts on re:Invent, “What you need to know (part 1): The public sector guide to technical sessions at re:Invent 2019” and, “What you need to know (part 2): The public sector guide to everything else at re:Invent 2019.”

Watch the “How to re:Invent” video series to know how to plan your time at re:Invent. Start planning your schedule at any time by logging into your account, visiting the session catalog, and marking sessions you’re interested in attending.

See you in Vegas!