welcome to community day

9:00 - 10:00am

Check-in & Continental Breakfast

10:00 - 10:45am

Keynote & Kickoff Talk

Join us as we kick off the AWS Community Day event. First you’ll hear from leaders of West Coast AWS User Groups, who discuss their approach to knowledge-sharing within their Meetups, and how they’ve come together to create the Community Day event. Then, each session speaker will have two minutes to give a quick overview of what they’ll cover in their breakout session.

11:00 - 12:00pm

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.


And You Thought You Knew 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 EC2 features, including the EC2 Systems Manager and the Application Load Balancer, along with a few pro tips for good measure.

12:00 - 1:15pm


1:15 - 2:15pm

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 AI Services
Speaker info to come

In this talk we’ll dive into Amazon AI services and share firsthand examples of the types of solutions which can be built using Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly without previous artificial intelligence or deep learning knowledge. Additional details to come.

2:30 - 3:30pm

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.

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.

3:45 - 4:45pm

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.

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.

4:45 - 6:00pm

Happy Hour

Conclude the day by mingling with your peers and speakers at the Community Day Happy Hour at the Marriott. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

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

Founder, MinOps Inc; AWS Community Hero

Director of Project Management for Serverless Platforms, Backand

Founder & Principal Consultant, WhaleTech; AWS Community Hero

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

CTO, AdRoll; AWS Community Hero

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

Internet Startup Technlogist; AWS Community Hero

CTO, CorpInfo; Leader, Los Angeles AWS User Group

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

Storage Operations Manager at Slack; AWS Community Hero

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

Engineering People Lead, Operations Engineering & Backend Infrastructure, Remind

Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St,
San Francisco, CA 94103
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A: Members of the West Coast tech community who are new to the cloud will learn about some of the hottest topics in cloud computing and experienced developers can dive deep on newer AWS services. You will also have opportunities to network with your peers and get your questions answered by community leaders who are expert AWS users. 

A: You can view the AWS Community Day agenda here. Check back for an updated schedule coming soon.

A: You can register for AWS Community Day here. Space is limited, so reserve your free seat today.

A: AWS Community Day registration is free.

A: AWS Community Day registration gives you free access to technical sessions, and opportunities to network with AWS community experts and your peers. Meals offered include light breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

A: Upon completing the online registration process, you will be sent a confirmation email. Please check your junk mail folder. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact us at AWS-CommunityDay@amazon.com.

A: You may cancel your AWS Community Day registration at any time by contacting us at AWS-CommunityDay@amazon.com.

A: Onsite at AWS Community Day, community-led sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-seated basis. As seats are not guaranteed there is no need to pre-register for each session.

A: You may pick up your badge between 9AM and 5PM on June 15, 2017. AWS Community Day registration is located in the main foyer space of the Lower B2 Level (Yerba Buena Ballroom Level).

A: The AWS Community Day venue, Marriott Marquis San Francisco, has been designed to make everyone’s visit as productive and comfortable as possible. Read more about the facility’s accessibility here. If you need additional assistance or have accommodation requests, please email AWS-CommunityDay@amazon.com at least one week prior to the event. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations.

A: Vegetarian options are available and will be labelled during lunch. Nearby kosher, halal, and vegan options can be found below:

Kosher: Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Halal: The Halal Guys - Tenderloin

Vegan: Loving Hut - Westfield Shopping Center

A: At this time, we do not accept submissions for AWS Community Day speakers or session content; although we always appreciate feedback from the community.

A: AWS expects all Community Day participants (attendees, staff, speakers, sponsors, etc.) to behave in such a way as to create a safe, supportive learning environment while at the conference and any conference-related events. We will not tolerate any form of harassment or offensive speech or behavior, including relating to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability. Participants engaging in behavior deemed by AWS as discriminatory or offensive will be asked to leave the conference or related event immediately. Anyone witnessing such behavior is encouraged to contact an AWS Community Day staff member so direct action can be taken.

A: If you have questions that have not been answered in the FAQ above, please contact us at: AWS-CommunityDay@amazon.com 

A: Yes, self park or valet park is available at the hotel at the attendee's cost.