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What’s Hot at the AWS Pop-up Loft in November

The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” seems fitting today. It’s hard to grasp that over a month has passed since the Loft returned to San Francisco. Thanks to all of you who joined us at the Loft in October for bootcamps, ask an architect consults, technical sessions, evening happy hours, or just to hang out

November will be an equally busy month at the Loft, highlighted by live feeds of key AWS re:Invent conference sessions, GA training sessions and opening of nominations for the Loft Startup Holiday Celebration featuring a startup pitch challenge. Below is a peek at some activities taking place at the Loft over the coming month. Be sure to check out the Loft website to view the full calendar of events for November and beyond.

Featured Event: AWS re:Invent Conference Live Stream Celebration on November 12 and 13.

Join us at 8AM November 12 as Andy Jassy kicks of re:Invent 2014 with his signature Keynote. Come mingle with your colleagues, peers, and AWS technical experts as we toast the morning with Bloody Marys, Mimosas and a hot breakfast bar. All those in attendance by 8:30AM will receive $250 in AWS credits! In addition, the first 50 registrants in the door will get a swag bag from AWS. Then, on Thursday November 13 the party once again starts at 8AM with the morning keynote from Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. Same drill, be there by 8:30AM and receive another $250 AWS credit! The live streaming will continue all day as we’ll be broadcasting the full lineup of startup-focused sessions hosted by Werner.

Large Scale Computing with EC2 Spot Instances – Powering More with Less.

Dougal Ballantyne (Lead HPC Solutions Architect, AWS) and Dmitry Pushkarev (founder Cluster K) discuss best practices on how to use EC2 Spot Instances effectively to run large scale computing cost effectively. Tuesday, November 4, at 2:00 PM

General Assembly Presents: Intro to UX.

The first part of the class will be an overview of user experience and the second part will dive more deeply into how to find and fix broken flows, tricks that make users smile, and different ways to approach mobile and web apps. We’ll discuss ways to get the basics right.
Tuesday, November 11, at 1:00 PM

Crunchbase: The Tech Behind the “Business Graph.”

Crunchbase discusses how they maintain the definitive reference on startups, and discuss managing traffic overloads, bad bots, bad data indigestion, all while releasing features and fixes at light speed.
Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30 PM

General Assembly Presents: Visual Design Hacking Mini-Bootcamp.

Anyone can become a great designer with the right training and exposure. This class takes a crack at tips, tricks, and shortcuts to creating great visual designs.
Wednesday, November 12, at 2:30 PM

Special Event with Chef: “Best Practices for Hybrid Cloud with AWS and Automation.”

Your private datacenter isn’t going away anytime soon, but you want to leverage the advantages of Cloud with Amazon Web Services. Learn how to manage both, effectively and safely, and see how customers have leveraged Chef to overcome deployment challenges.
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 PM

Coin: “Platform, Mobile App, and Connected Device Security.”

Russell Taga, CTO of Coin, will share some thoughts on security techniques and approaches that you can use to protect data in connected devices, mobile apps, APIs, and infrastructure based on their experience building Coin.
Thursday, November 20, 6:30 PM

Startup Holiday Celebration and Pitch Challenge.

Five innovative startups will pitch their latest products or services in front of a panel of their peers. Then we’ll eat, drink, and be merry while enjoying the first ever AWS Loft holiday party! Nominate your startup for the pitch challenge by November 21.
Thursday, December 18, at 6:00 PM

See you at the Loft!
The AWS Startup Team