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Prepare for re:Invent 2016: What Every Public Sector Attendee Needs to Know

With AWS re:Invent 2016 in less than a week, we are sharing what every public sector attendee needs to know before touching down in Las Vegas for the week of November 28 – December 2, 2016.

As the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community, there’s a lot to navigate!

Mark your calendar for some of the public sector highlights throughout the week.

Monday, November 28, 2016

1:00 – 6:00 PM PT: Public Sector Pre-Day Track – This four-session track will feature sessions focused on topics important to customers with sensitive workloads, such as governance strategies, compliance regulations, and AWS GovCloud (US). Hear directly from public sector customers on how they use the cloud to tackle complex compliance and security requirements, such as HIPAA, FERPA, and CJIS. And attend a panel on modernizing government in the cloud featuring the three largest federal agencies – Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. See agenda here. We will also be repeating some of these sessions on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

4:00 – 5:00 PM PT: Women of the Cloud Cocktail Hour – Calling all women! You are invited to join the AWS Public Sector team for cocktails on Tuesday, November 29 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM PT at the RockHouse Bar at the Venetian. This social event is intended to help you connect and build a network of women at re:Invent. Whether you are an engineer from a non-profit, a technician from the government, a marketer from a large company, or anything in between – join us! We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, November 30

6:30 – 7: 30 AM PT: Public Sector Breakfast [NOTE THE TIME CHANGE] – Our AWS Worldwide Public Sector Breakfast will feature Teresa Carlson, Vice President of AWS Worldwide Public Sector, to share important public sector updates alongside the Defense Digital Service, American Heart Association, and Ellucian. These public sector leaders at the forefront of innovation will each take the stage to discuss the impact they are making with the cloud in the government, education, and nonprofit communities. Changing the world is no easy task. From tackling heart disease to running national security systems to removing barriers to achieve student success – all these missions have something in common: the cloud is propelling them to results they did not think possible. Join us for this hour-long breakfast dedicated to the unique challenges, needs, and successes of the public sector around the world.

6:30 – 9:00 PM PT: Public Sector Reception – You won’t want to miss our reception at Drai’s Nightclub at the Cromwell, Wednesday, November 30 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM with a full dance floor and private use of the pool and pool bar. The theme is the ’80s! Bring your legwarmers and Members Only jackets!

Thursday, December 1

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Diversify Tech: Building the Future IT Workforce – In this session, learn about efforts to diversify IT, from programs in high schools all the way up to diversity among top-level executives. Regardless of where you are in your career, this session will share stories of the changing tech landscape. By sharing successes and failures, speakers candidly discuss how everyone can help in changing the ratio to attract a more diverse workforce and create a culture of inclusion. Bring your questions, network with peers, and be inspired by both women and men making an impact in nonprofit, enterprise and government sectors.

Other important events and activities during the week:

  • Find Public Sector sessions listed in the session catalog which is frequently updated with the latest sessions available
  • Public Sector “Lounge”: space open where public sector attendees can find each other – Palazzo suite – 3rd floor – Monday through Wednesday.
  • If you are looking for more opportunities to network, check out some of our additional activities here:
    • LATAM Networking Breakfast – 7:00 AM– 8:30 AM PT – Galileo 902
    • EMEA Networking Lunch – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PT- Galileo 902
    • LGBTQ & Diversity Reception – 7:00 PM– 8:00 PM PT Hall G at the Venetian

Follow along at @AWS_Gov and @AWS_Edu for an inside look into the public sector sessions.

Watch this video on what’s happening where on the re:Invent campus.

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

AWS Public Sector Blog Team

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Blog team writes for the government, education, and nonprofit sector around the globe. Learn more about AWS for the public sector by visiting our website (, or following us on Twitter (@AWS_gov, @AWS_edu, and @AWS_Nonprofits).