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 June 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM (EDT)

Agenda overview

Timing (EDT) Duration Content
10:00 AM – 10:40 AM 40 mins Keynote with Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS
10:00 AM – 02:00 PM 4 hours Partner Expo and activities
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM 30 mins Breakout session #1
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM 30 mins Breakout session #2
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM 30 mins Breakout session #3
12:55 PM – 1:25 PM 30 mins Breakout session #4
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM 30 mins Breakout session #5
2:00 PM – 2:10 PM 10 mins Closing remarks with Max Peterson, Vice President, International Public Sector Sales, AWS
Agenda at a glance

Breakout Sessions

  • Technical – Foundations
  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Machine learning (ML) for fraud prevention (Level 200)

    Speaker: Eric Greene

    Amazon Fraud Detector enables organizations to quickly create a fraud detection model and requires no prior machine learning experience. This solution includes image recognition for document verification and models for authenticity scoring of contact information. In this session, learn how to prevent fraud by enhancing processes to validate digital identity for new accounts and payments. 

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Building data and analytics workloads in highly regulated environments (Level 200)

    Speaker: Ben Snively

    For customers working within highly regulated environments, such as government and financial services, particular challenges arise when building their data and analytics workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this session, you will dive deep into these challenges and see how to resolve them on AWS. Hear about customer success stories including FINRA, GrandRiver Hospital, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, best practices, and common architectures for building analytics workloads on AWS for highly regulated industries.

    12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

    Improving your organization’s security posture with AWS (Level 200)

    Speaker: Tim Rains

    Security related AWS products and configurations can benefit every organization in the public sector. Using AWS services including, Amazon GuardDuty, AWS Security Hub, and AWS CloudTrail, enables better detection and response capabilities, making intrusion detection and incident response simpler and less costly than typical on-premises IT environments. The AWS Cloud allows customers to scale and innovate, while improving their security posture. In this session, you will learn about a foundational list of AWS security recommendations that are easy to implement, accessible, low or no-cost, and potentially highly impactful.

    12:55 PM – 1:25 PM

    Speed matters: How to rapidly deploy hybrid architectures on AWS (Level 200)

    Speaker: Eric Scholz

    The implementation of highly scalable, simple-to-deploy technology is transforming the public sector, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Organizations begin their cloud adoption journeys in many ways. Some start with pilot projects and others jump into mission-critical programs, but they are all starting with an existing infrastructure. Adopting cloud doesn’t mean scrapping it all and starting over. In this session, learn how education, healthcare and financial services customers have created a hybrid cloud environment with AWS through the VMware Cloud service. We will review how to best build and ramp your organization to take advantage of cloud functionality and deliver full lifecycle engagement.

    01:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Designing serverless architectures for scale and speed (Level 200)

    Speaker: George Mao

    Serverless computing has evolved and transformed the way we build applications. In this session, discover all of the latest enhancements to the AWS serverless platform and see how these features, such as HTTP APIs, Amazon RDS Proxy, and provisioned concurrency have helped organizations such as, British charity, Comic Relief, and can potentially help you build faster, cheaper, and better applications for your customers.

  • Technical – Advanced
  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Purpose-built databases for modern applications (Level 300)

    Speaker: Blair Layton

    Seldom can one database fit the needs of multiple distinct use cases. The days of the one-size-fits-all monolithic database are behind us, and developers are building highly distributed applications using many purpose-built databases. We are increasingly seeing customers wanting to build Internet-scale applications that require diverse data models. In response to these needs, developers now have the choice of relational, key-value, wide column, document, in-memory, graph, time-series, and ledger databases. Each solves a specific problem or group of problems. In this session, learn how AWS purpose-built databases meet the scale, performance, and manageability requirements of modern applications.

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Defending your data against ransomware threats with secure storage (Level 200)

    Speaker: Brad Dispensa

    Governments, education, and healthcare organizations continue to face challenges with ransomware threats. This session will focus on the prevention and detection of ransomware attacks and how to align NIST guidance into AWS service alignment. We will cover how to protect your data with native AWS services and what to do if you are the victim of a ransomware incident.

    12:10 PM – 12:40 PM 

    Migrating Microsoft SQL Server to the AWS Cloud (Level 300)

    Speaker: Bill Jacobi

    Migrating SQL Server databases to the cloud is a critical part of some cloud journeys and requires planning and architectural considerations. In this session, learn best practices and guidelines for migrating and/or architecting a SQL Server architecture on AWS. Compare and contrast various migration methods, including SQL export, backup and restore, using AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS), and rearchitecting for open source databases. We also provide guidance on how to migrate SQL Server products that have approached or hit their end of life, such as SQL Server 2008.

    12:55 PM – 1:25 PM

    Using AWS security services to achieve advanced threat detection (Level 300)

    Speaker: Brad Dispensa

    Organizations need advanced capabilities to combat threats. The cloud securely provides the ability to disrupt traditional industries by reducing the barrier to entry for upfront technology investments. In this session, you will learn how AWS security services can help your organization identify security anomalies and how to respond when you find them.

    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    CI/CD at scale: Best practices with AWS DevOps services (Level 300)

    Speaker: Yiang Meng Loh

    You can increase development speed and encourage best practices by enabling CI/CD across your organization through repeatable patterns and infrastructure as code templates. This is achieved by creating and maintaining extensible infrastructure as code patterns for creating new services and automatically deploying them using CI/CD. Join us for a discussion on this and other key factors to consider when creating a DevOps culture and building DevOps capabilities for your applications on AWS.

  • Spotlight
  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    On the frontlines of disaster response with the cloud (Level 200)

    Speaker: Ana Visneski

    The AWS Disaster Response program is focused on helping public sector organizations leverage AWS technology before, during, and after disasters. In this session, learn how AWS services such as AWS Snowball Edge, remote Amazon WorkSpaces, and remote education help solve some the biggest challenges for customers and partners, including NHS Digital, Novetta, and Tableau, during and after emergencies. We discuss recent use cases and experiences with supporting first responders and organizations on the frontlines of disasters, as well as with implementing remote working and education solutions on a global scale.

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Building cloud-based solutions in healthcare (Level 200)

    Speaker: Nicky Murphy

    Healthcare providers and professionals, governments, and patients around the world are currently facing unprecedented challenges. In this session, you learn about the healthcare policy landscape and how organizations like the National Health Service and Babylon Health are using cloud-based solutions, such as teleconsultations, data analytics, and predictive modeling, to offer tools to transform healthcare systems.

    12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

    Remote learning: Education on the cloud (Level 200)

    Speaker: Jude Sheeran

    Universities, schools, colleges, and departments of education have moved online quickly and at scale to enable students and staff to continue learning, working, and researching. In this session, we share some lessons learned from customers at organizations like Firefly and Blackboard, as well as considerations for long-term plans regarding curriculum, assessment and testing availability, resilient systems, security, and identity. We also share examples of how educators, students, and policy makers are implementing strategies and planning for the next two to three years, and we discuss how education and research are evolving as a result.

    12:55 PM – 1:25 PM

    Accelerating DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) with AWS GovCloud (US) (Level: 300)

    Speaker: Ulysses Cubillos

    The Department of Defense (DoD) released the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) version 1.0 framework to assess and enhance the cybersecurity posture of 300,000+ organizations in the Defense Supply Chain (DSC). Prior to being awarded a contract the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractor, their supply chain will be required to be assessed and certified to CMMC levels specified in the new program solicitations. In this session, learn what compliance means for your organization’s workloads in the AWS Cloud. You will also discover how CMMC aligns with similar compliance frameworks, like the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and how AWS helps organizations accelerate their CMMC compliance.

    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Using AWS Ground Station to work with openly broadcast science data (Level 300)

    Speaker: Nathan McGuirt

    Many high-value data products made available from agencies such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and United States Geological Survey (USGS), broadcast directly from the satellite. Traditional access patterns involve downlinking the data to an agency ground segment, processing by a science team, and subsequent product distribution through a program such as the NOAA Big Data Project or a NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). In this session, we will demonstrate how to take raw, public satellite data, received via AWS Ground Station, and process it into useable imagery using NASA-provided open source tools. 

  • Management
  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Critical components for transformation within an international government context (Level 100)

    Speaker: Céline Degrauwe

    When responding to the growing demand for digital services combined with budgetary and operational constraints, public sector organizations want to become leaner, more effective, data-driven organizations that continually reinforce citizen trust and engagement. Organizations around the world are taking advantage of the cloud not only to reduce cost but to transform the way they deliver on the mission. In this session, you learn about the critical components for digital transformation that can expedite the process of going from idea to execution and can help public sector leaders communicate value and build consensus among their stakeholders. Join us to discover how governments, such as the government of Brazil and the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service, have successfully implemented these transformation components to deliver more value to citizens.

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Understanding how to optimize costs with the AWS Cloud (Level 100)

    Speaker: David Lurie

    Moving from an on-premises environment into AWS is just the start of the journey towards cost optimization. In this session, see a range of ways to understand your costs and increase your return-on-investment. These include: building the business case; selecting the right models for the right workloads; benefiting from tiered pricing aggregation; using data to drive the choice of AWS services; and where appropriate, re-platforming to make use of new architectural patterns such as serverless.

    12:10 PM – 12:40 PM 

    Foundations first: Cloud adoption and transformation (Level 100)

    Speaker: Blake Chism

    Based on the experience gained from dozens of customers engagements, there are common success patterns that, when instituted properly, accelerate migrations and drive meaningful outcomes. In this session, learn about the foundational components of cloud adoption and transformation, including executive sponsorship, operating model definition, and governance that needs to be set up to accelerate and increase the probability of success for your strategic initiatives.

    12:55 PM – 1:25 PM

    Shifting culture in the age of transformation (Level 100)

    Speaker: Mark Schwartz

    The public sector faces challenges when addressing cultural change to drive innovation. The cloud, DevOps, and other technologies of today can have a huge impact on how governments delivers services to constituents. However, their impact is limited until culture and ingrained processes begin to shift. In this session, you will learn how change is possible in any environment and dive into how Mark helped lead a transformation to DevOps, the cloud, and user-centric design at US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Putting open data to work: Fostering innovation in the public sector (Level 200)

    Speaker: Jed Sundwall

    Open data initiatives are fostering entrepreneurship, increasing government’s transparency, and creating new spaces for innovation. When governments share data, they create opportunities for new applications and services, possibilities for entrepreneurship, and ways to collaborate with their citizens. In this session, you will learn how AWS helps put open data to work by providing a comprehensive toolkit so governments can securely share any volume of data with as many people as possible. Open data on AWS can be useful for big data analysis, finding cures for diseases, accelerating research, machine learning, and the creation of new citizen-facing applications.

  • Mission-critical Solutions

    10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Executing quick migrations—anytime, anywhere (Level 100)

    Speaker: Eric Scholz

    Public sector organizations face high availability and disaster recovery requirements for their own on-premises applications and want to leverage the cloud to meet their needs. In this session, you will learn how customers migrate both data and their applications quickly, reliably, and securely, from anywhere.

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

    Removing barriers and providing access to all (Level 200)

    Speaker: Blake Chism

    Public sector organizations remain focused on delivering on their missions every day, maintaining business and educational continuity while focusing on protecting citizens, students, and patients. Organizations are learning how to effectively work and learn remotely by having access to a set of purpose-built tools that the AWS Cloud provides to help them connect. Join this session to explore how customers are using Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Connect, and other AWS services to operate in a fully remote manner. 

    12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

    Navigating complexity: Navy ERP’s quick migration to AWS GovCloud (US) using AWS Snowball Edge (Level 200)

    Speaker: C. Brandon Wehler, Technical Director, Enterprise Business Solutions, U.S. Navy

    Government agencies can face unique challenges when modernizing infrastructures and working across complex systems but quick migrations to the cloud are possible. In this session, learn how Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) used SAP Near Zero Downtime (NZDT) in conjunction with AWS Snowball Edge to migrate data to AWS GovCloud (US) in under 10 months.

    12:55 PM – 1:25 PM

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning for a modern citizen service experience (Level 200)

    Speaker: Ben Snively

    Public sector organizations are experiencing a high volume of requests for health, financial, educational, and municipal service information. By modernizing citizen services, organizations can quickly answer questions and provide relevant information to its constituents. In this session, learn about common patterns and designs. Also, see a demonstration on how to build an automated question and answer (QnA) system for your organization. This solution combines enterprise search capabilities with conversational bot technologies to build and end-to-end QnA system.

    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Processing data and enabling research remotely (Level 200)

    Speaker: Sanjay Padhi

    The rapid changing and dynamic global health situation has impacted many people including researchers. Working remotely has become the new normal as academic institutions and other research organizations have migrated online. In this session, take a look at some of the services and tools that can enable conducting research remotely. We will cover technologies like high performance computing, virtual research environments, datasets, analytics, and leveraging remote device monitoring. AWS has also provided specific programs and awards to support research. See the specific programs built in response. 

Level 100
Sessions are focused on providing an overview of AWS services and features, with the assumption that attendees are new to the topic.
Level 200
Sessions are focused on providing best practices, details of service features, and demos with the assumption that attendees have introductory knowledge of the topics.
Level 300
Sessions dive deeper into the selected topic. Presenters assume that the audience has some familiarity with the topic but may or may not have direct experience implementing a similar solution.
Level 400
Sessions are for attendees who are deeply familiar with the topic, have implemented a solution on their own already, and are comfortable with how the technology works across multiple services, architectures, and implementations.

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