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AWS re:Invent 2016 – And that’s a wrap!

AWS rePlay day 3

Day 3 of AWS re:Invent got started with CTO, Dr. Werner Vogels, bringing out some awesome startups on stage during his keynote! We heard from Jeff Lawson, CEO and Founder of the Unicorn startup Twilio, Chris Turvil, ‎Head of Cloud and Platform Agility at, and Eric Gunderson, CEO at Mapbox. Werner also announced that Martin Garrix would be performing at the AWS re:Play party! Vote on your favorite announcement from yesterday’s keynote here.

The re:Source Mini Con yesterday was all about containers. Here were some other great startup sessions:

We also had a TON of awesome interviews with startups, all including demos of their products and services. Be sure to check them out:

  1. Amiram Shachar, Founder and CEO at Spotinst
  2. JP La Torre & Stefan Thorpe, CEO and CTO at Caylent
  3. Toby Olshanetsky & Alexey Sapozhnikov, CEO and CTO of prooV – watch the interview to see some of the coolest SWAG at the conference!
  4. Max Zuckerman, Director of Sales at Alooma
  5. AWS Community Hero Shimon Tolts, GM of Data Solutions at ironSource
  6. Amanda Chan from Nucleus at the Alexa booth
  7. Sudarshan Srinivasan from Dome9
  8. Yaniv Leven & Ze’evi Gideon of

Amit Jotwani Amazon Alexa

On top of the startup interviews, we were even lucky enough to get a quick tour of some of the cool new Alexa integrated products from Amit Jotwani on the Amazon Alexa team.

If you were in the Expo Hall or watching @AWSreInvent on Twitter, you might have gotten a glimpse of Amelia Wietting defying gravity with her Giant Jenga tower at the ‘Club Dev’ Lounge in the Expo Hall. Be sure to check out the time lapse!

Amelia Wietting Dev Lounge reInvent

Before the re:Play party, there was an AWS Certification Appreciation reception at LAVO for attendees who are AWS Certified. Congrats to everyone who got certified this week!

AWS Certification Appreciation reception reInvent

The AWS re:Play party included dodge ball, a rock climbing wall, bubble soccer, a ball pit, and loads of food and drinks everywhere you looked. Martin Garrix came on around 10:15 p.m., and kept the party going strong until midnight.

AWS reInvent Martin Garrix

If you’re sticking around on Friday, there’s still lots to do! AWS Certification Exams will continue, along with Hands-on Labs and a bunch of breakout sessions.  See the full Friday session schedule here. If you’re headed home, safe travels, it’s been great having you here in Las Vegas at AWS re:Invent. We look forward to staying in touch with you here and on Twitter @AWSstartups. See you next year!