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Seven Experiences from AWS Summit San Francisco That Will Give You FOMO

Post by Chalaire Miller, Web and Social Content Manager, AWS Startups

Thousands of attendees and dozens of vendors gathered at the George R. Moscone Convention Center on April 20 and 21 for AWS Summit San Francisco, part of a series of free, global, in-person events dedicated to spreading skills and knowledge around AWS’s cloud offerings.

You probably have innovation or data decisions you should be deploying right now. but, instead of doing that, here are seven experiences from #AWSSummit San Francisco that are guaranteed to give you enough FOMO to immediately register for an AWS Summit near you!

1. Attendees were inspired by the enthusiasm brought by Swami Sivasubramanian—Amazon Web Services’ Vice President of Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning Services—in his keynote address. They also benefited from Sivasubramanian’s insight into how customers in the Americas and across the globe are using AWS to transform their businesses.

2. One of the best reasons to attend an in-person event? You’ll get to hear exciting live announcements before anyone else! AWS Summit attendees were the first to learn about the AWS Impact Accelerator, a $30 million investment designed to support Black, Latino, Women, and LGBTQIA+ tech founders. Learn more about this exciting program!

3. Still on the fence about attending a live event? Let us convince you with three words: AWS DeepRacer League. Attendees had the opportunity to test their driving skills against the clock with the new AWS DeepRacer Arcade collaboration with F1. Discover if your #MachineLearning skills are competition-ready by going for a spin at an AWS Summit near you.

4. There’s no better way to get psyched about growing your company than learning about crucial topics from experts IRL. At the packed AWS Startups booth, a rapt audience hung onto Startup Solutions Architect Jillian Forde’s every word, as she shared her expertise on cost optimization and managing cloud costs for a growing business.

5. You had to be there to see it: Visitors at the Startup Summit Lofts watched a video featuring hip-hop legend and record executive Jim Jones. In it, Jones discusses how he started Quarantine Studios, a multifaceted platform that allows for virtual, real-time recording, with the help of AWS’s cloud technology. Watch the full video here.

6. AWS on Air is just one of many AWS Summit highlights. Special guests Senior Field Marketing Manager Betty Chung and Senior Startup Program Manager Derek Pham joined AWS on Air to discuss the reopening of the San Francisco AWS Startup Loft. The AWS Startup Loft welcomes innovators, entrepreneurs, builders, and visionaries alike to a space where anything is possible. Bring your vision—we’ll provide the resources that help make it real. Sign up today!

7. Virtual events have their benefits, but one thing they don’t have is the opportunity for in-person collisions—as these lucky attendees who ran into AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr can attest! Conference goers had the opportunity to mix, mingle, and share ideas at an hour-long networking reception. Attend an in-person AWS Summit and you might just meet your next business partner—or, at the very least, walk away with some new inspiration.

Still not convinced that attending a live AWS Summit event is for you? Learn more about how AWS Summits are bringing technologists together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS.