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Thanks for attending! If you missed the event you can access the presentations and connect with the organizers below.

Security for Complex Networks on AWS
Teri Radichel - Director of Security Strategy, WatchGuard

When organizations start using AWS, they may initially use a single VPC and a very simple network implementation. In many cases, however, companies are leveraging multiple VPCs, regions and accounts. Companies are also connecting cloud networks to corporate headquarters and remote locations. They may even be connecting different cloud providers. This presentation will consider some of these use cases and the implications of connecting different networks. Material covered will include security considerations, sample architectures and tools that can help protect your account and your data.

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And You Thought You Knew Amazon EC2
Ben Whaley - Founder, WhaleTech

When is the last time you explored the nooks and crannies of Amazon EC2? While you weren’t looking, AWS leveled it up with more features and capabilities than you can shake a shell at. This talk explores the newest, shiniest Amazon EC2 features, including the Amazon EC2 Systems Manager and the Application Load Balancer, along with a few pro tips for good measure.

And the CFO Wept: AWS Cost Control
Corey Quinn - Editor, lastweekinAWS.com

In this lighthearted yet informative talk, we will discuss the "gotchas" of how your cloud bill gets away from you -- and what you can do about it without becoming an accountant. Topics covered include: Who cares about the bill? Repeat offenders: first pass things to check in your account. Hilarious edge case scenarios that result in a bill that rivals the GDP of a developing nation. And: why nobody gets their bill under control -- and nobody ever talks about it!

Intro to Amazon Artificial Intelligence Services
Jeremy Edberg - CEO and Founder, MinOps

In this talk we’ll dive into Amazon's AI services and share firsthand examples of the types of solutions which can be built using Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, Amazon Rekognition, as well other AI, machine learning, and deep learning concepts. We'll start with a very brief intro to some basic AI concepts to get everyone on the same page, and then quickly move into demos of real, working AI code on Amazon. No previous artificial intelligence or deep learning knowledge required.

Learning AWS the Hard Way
Valentino Volonghi - CTO, AdRoll

AdRoll has learned many valuable lessons after almost a decade of using AWS and growing from a small startup to an international business processing over 4 trillion data points each day across the world. As it often happens when using any product to its full extent, some unexpected behaviors start to show up to teach you lessons that are sometimes particularly expensive and at times fun. We'll talk about using Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon DynamoDB, all with an eye on security as we process 4 trillion data points each day and keep tabs at the speed of light.

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Lessons Learned After One Year with AWS Lambda
Matt Billock - Director of Product Management, Backand

In this talk, we'll cover some of the challenges we faced in implementing a multi-tenancy AWS Lambda architecture. We'll cover how we simplified deploying Lambda functions with a CLI, created a scaffold so that you can test locally with the same data formats you'd see when your code is run in Lambda, and how we leveraged the AWS SDK instead of using Amazon API Gateway.

Open Source: What Works and What Doesn't
Mike Barrett - Engineering Lead, Remind

Curious about what makes an open source project successful? What makes it fail? In this session, We’ll take a look at the dozen or so open source projects I’ve started and contributed to (some successful, some less so) and cover what to focus on, how to build and support a community, and what drives engagement so your own open source projects can be a success.

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Amazon Athena Deep Dive
Kevin Epstein - CTO, CorpInfo

Need to start querying data instantly? Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze Big Data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. In this session we'll dive into how to host data on S3 using Athena to query, and present real-time dashboards with Amazon QuickSight.

Thanks to the following community leaders, AWS Cloud enthusiasts, AWS Community Heroes, and user group leaders who are responsible for planning and delivering all content at the AWS Community Day event:

Internet Startup Technologist; AWS Community Hero

Founder, MinOps; AWS Community Hero

Director of Cloud Operations at iPass; Leader, San Jose AWS User Group

Founder & Principal Consultant, WhaleTech; AWS Community Hero

Director of Project Management for Serverless Platforms, Backand

DevOps Evangelist at Intuit; Leader, Bay Area AWS User Group

Storage Operations Manager at Slack; AWS Community Hero

Leader, San Francisco Advanced AWS User Group; AWS Community Hero

CTO, CorpInfo; Leader, Los Angeles AWS User Group

CTO, AdRoll; AWS Community Hero

Engineering People Lead, Operations Engineering & Backend Infrastructure, Remind

Director of Security Strategy & Research, WatchGuard; AWS Community Hero

Editor, lastweekinAWS.com; Principal, The Quinn Advisory Group

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