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What you need to know (part 2): The public sector guide to everything else at re:Invent 2019

re:Invent 2019 is less than a month away! And now that you know what technical sessions, chalk talks, and breakouts you’re attending, schedule in some fun.

Although re:Invent is a big conference, the strength of the public sector community makes it a more intimate experience. Make time to meet colleagues, peers, and leaders in the public sector to network and share stories.

Below are a few highlights of the public sector specific non-technical sessions at re:Invent. And don’t forget to check out the AWS Public Sector Guide to re:Invent 2019.


Nonprofit Hackathon for Good

Monday, December 2, 10:00am – 8:00pm

MGM Grand

The Nonprofit Hackathon for Good provides a hands-on and team-oriented experience, while supporting nonprofit organizations. Your team will use AWS products and services to build solutions to pressing real-world challenges. This is a great way for you to gain AWS experience in a hackathon environment, where developers apply their skills during an all-day coding event for social good and win fun prizes. It is open to all skill levels. Be sure to reserve your seat in the hackathon and attend our mixer to build your team. The hackathon benefits Best Friends Animal Society, SpaceNet, Urban Institute, and Vibrant.


We Power Tech Happy Hour

Tuesday, December 3, 6:00pm– 8:00pm

Julian Serrano, ARIA

Join us at the We Power Tech Happy Hour to network with this community of underrepresented technologists, allies, and leaders who are powering the future. Get engaged with the community and inspire the next generation of diverse tech talent.

Don’t forget to stop by the We Power Tech Lounge in the Expo Hall at the Venetian, check out one of the many We Power Tech sessions, and join a We Power Tech Meetup on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm in the We Power Tech Lounge.


AWS Worldwide Public Sector Keynote Breakfast

Featuring Teresa Carlson, VP, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00am – 8:30am

The Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom O

The Worldwide Public Sector Breakfast Keynote features Teresa Carlson, VP, Worldwide Public Sector for AWS. Attendees hear the latest global updates on the public sector business, including announcements, program updates, and inspiring customer stories. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear directly from AWS customers across the public sector as they share the impact that the cloud has made on their organizations, people, and mission. Customer speakers include RMIT University, City of Los Angeles, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Breakfast is provided.


AWS Worldwide Public Sector Reception

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Drai’s Nightclub at the Cromwell Hotel

Network with your public sector peers, colleagues, and leaders at the AWS Worldwide Public Sector Reception. When you’re there, don’t miss the GameChanger Charity Experience onsite, where professional gamers Rooster Teeth, UCI Esports Team, and Captain Sparklez will be battling attendees in games of Mario Kart. While you wait for your matchup, talk to the founders of GameChanger, a small nonprofit that runs on AWS. GameChanger’s mission is to find a cure for pediatric cancer and help ease the pain and suffering of patients in hospitals all over the world using the power of virtual reality and gaming. Learn more about GameChanger, watch their case study, or listen to them on the AWS Public Sector podcast. And make sure to tune into their live stream on on Giving Tuesday to help raise money for their mission.


Check out 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. Remember that reserved seating is now available for some sessions.

See you in Vegas!