Robert Koch, Principal, Data Engineering at Slalom Build

 Seattle, USA

 Hero since 2019

Robert is Principal, Data Engineering at Slalom Build, and one of the community leaders of He helps drive cloud-based architecture, blogs about migrating to the cloud and use of Lambdas, and loves to talk data and event-driven systems. In a recent lightning talk, he gave an overview of how Redshift has a symbiotic relationship with PostgreSQL.

He currently has 5 AWS certifications: Cloud Practitioner, Big Data – Specialty, Solution Architect – Associate, Developer Associate, and SysOps Administrator Associate. If not doing either serverless or data architecture, he's probably working on some Kubernetes project using EKS for the most part. For 2021/2022, he's been honored with an Outstanding Contribution to the AWS Ecosystem Award from Digital Revolution Awards.

Robert is actively involved in the development community in Denver, often speaking at Denver Dev Day, a bi-annual mini-conference and at the AWS Denver Meetup. Robert’s goal is to help the community understand the benefit of migrating to the cloud and showing the advantages of having “serverless” applications and databases.

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