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8 Reasons to Attend AWS re:Invent 2021 Virtually

As AWS re:Invent 2021 nears, many attendees are packing their blazers and sensible sneakers to head to Las Vegas. But if you’re not able to be there in person—or if you’re allergic to neon signs and magic shows—here are eight reasons why you’ll get just as much out of attending virtual re:Invent.

1. Virtual re:Invent is free, which means you can take the information and inspiration without the gamble of buying a ticket.

2. Sometimes attending an event online means missing out on live perks. But at virtual re:Invent, online attendees will be able to participate in the same live leadership and keynote sessions, plus all of the breakout sessions.

3. AWS works hard to create accessible events, and we are implementing features like closed captions in English, as well as translations for keynotes and leadership sessions in eight different languages.

4. We’re big proponents of the follow-the-sun model, which encourages employees to work when it’s most convenient for them. Similarly, all of the virtual re:Invent sessions will be streamed using the same model. This means you can watch “live” from the comfort of your home from anywhere in the world—regardless of geographic location or time zone.

5. If any questions pop up while you’re watching, you can access Ask an Expert virtually. These live one-on-one chats will enable virtual attendees to connect with AWS experts to get answers to technology and business questions in real-time.

6. Still have FOMO? Build community with fellow online attendees, through three live, shared experiences that will stream daily:

  • Live from re:Invent is a broadcast series that will highlight three main areas: a behind-the-scenes peek into what it takes to make re:Invent come together, on-the-street community reporting, and featured partner segments. Catch these shows by tuning into the dedicated “Live from re:Invent” channel. Each will run at the top of every hour from 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM PST. If you’re looking to watch these shows later, they will be available on demand via the event platform on Monday, December 6.
  • For our international community, AWS on Air will be recapping re:Invent highlights in non-English languages, including Chinese, Korean, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. These nightly time slots will simulcast to the virtual event platform via a dedicated channel.
  • theCUBE, which is known for covering enterprise technology thought leadership around the globe, will offer virtual attendees live coverage from re:Invent. Online participants will be able to access theCUBE’s coverage via a dedicated channel page within the virtual event platform.

7. Rev your engines, because virtual attendees can also watch the world’s first global autonomous racing league, AWS DeepRacer, which will take place before re:Invent starts. These races are open to developers of all skill levels, who can submit their models and compete for both prizes and good, old-fashioned glory! Hosted by AWS DeepRacer, these competitions will also be recorded and available to watch on-demand.

8.  Lastly, virtual attendees can participate in Partner Solutions Day (PSD), a networking event that will take place entirely within the virtual re:Invent platform. PSD will be held on Monday, December 6, the first day of week two of the virtual experience. Take your next step in your cloud journey by pairing up with an implementation partner, learning how to best leverage AWS technologies, and discovering how the AWS Partner Network can help you build, market, and sell your AWS-based offerings.

Returning to re:Invent in Las Vegas this year will be exciting, but you’ve also got eight good reasons to register now and enjoy the jam-packed schedule and custom experiences of virtual re:Invent from the comfort of your own home. After all, as they say in Vegas, the house always wins.

Keely O'Neill

Keely O'Neill

Keely is a Startup Marketing Program Manager at AWS. After starting her career in the running industry she's spent the last 7 years in tech. She loves combining a customer service mindset with marketing and analytics. At work and in life, she finds joy in accidental (and intended) puns in conversation, going for podcast walks, and petting all the dogs.