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Join us for the AWS Public Sector Summit Online to deepen your cloud knowledge and gain new skills to design, deploy, and use the cloud for your mission.

AWS Public Sector Summit Online

Connect, collaborate, and learn at the AWS Public Sector Summit Online

Join the AWS Public Sector Summit Online virtually to deepen your cloud knowledge and gain new skills to design, deploy, and use the cloud for your mission.

Hear from subject matter experts from Amazon Web Services (AWS) about how customers are successfully building solutions on AWS. Don't miss the keynote featuring Teresa Carlson, vice president of worldwide public sector at AWS. After the keynote, dive deep into 25 breakout sessions across five tracks, including topics such as getting started, building advanced architectures, app development, DevOps, and more. Tune in live to virtually network with technologists, partners, peers, and colleagues. Have your questions answered in real-time by AWS experts and claim your certificate of attendance. And hear how you can further your mission and implement solutions right now in our closing remarks from Max Peterson, vice president of international sales for worldwide public sector at AWS.

Whether you are just getting started on the cloud or you are an advanced user, join us to get inspired and begin to build at the complimentary AWS Public Sector Summit Online.


AWS Cloud Adoption Readiness Tool (CART)

Assess your organization’s cloud migration readiness with sixteen questions and set a path for cloud adoption success.


Training and Certification Zone

Practice and build your AWS skills right here, right now. Learn from a series of hands-on labs, chat with our trainers online to understand how to get started, and build your own learning path moving forward.

Migration and Security Zone

Explore topics related to migration and security and compliance in the Migration and Security Zones. Take a deep dive into robust resources, including whitepapers, informative videos, demos, and eBooks. You can also have your questions answered by AWS technical experts.

AWS Partner Discovery Zone

Partners can learn about the AWS Partner Network (APN) and the partner programs, resources, and tools available to help you build and grow your business with AWS. Customers can discover how to find the right partner to help you unlock agility and innovation for your business. Plus, you can connect with our AWS partner team to get your questions answered.

Builders' Zone and Startup Loft

Dive deep into technical stacks, try out demos with step-by-step guides, and walk away with the ability to implement these or similar solutions in your own organization. Learn more about AWS programs for startups, such as AWS Activate and AWS EdStart, which aim to educate startups on how to get access to resources and quickly get started on AWS—including AWS Promotional Credit, technical support, and training. Be inspired by startup success stories and get your answers from our startup experts.


Explore our rich agenda and dive deep into your core topic of choice or join a starter session to learn something new. Find the track that fits you.

  • Technical – Foundations
  • Technical – Advanced
  • Spotlight
  • Management
  • Mission-critical Solutions
  • Technical – Foundations
  • Machine learning (ML) for fraud prevention (Level 200)

    Speaker: Eric Greene

    Amazon Fraud Detector is a managed service that you can use to identify potentially fraudulent online activities, such as online payment fraud and fake accounts. The service uses ML and 20 years of fraud detection experience to help prevent, identify, contain, and remediate fraudulent activity. In this session, learn how to use Amazon Fraud Detector to quickly create a fraud detection model with no prior ML experience required. You will see how to implement a customized fraud detection solution for online activities using ML, identify use cases, and implement changes to protect your organization and those you serve.


    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 AWS. In this session, you will dive deep into these challenges and see how to resolve them on AWS. Hear about customer success stories, best practices, and common architectures for building analytics workloads on AWS for highly regulated industries. 


    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.


    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.


    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, The College Board, and can potentially help you build faster, cheaper, and better applications for your customers.

  • Technical – Advanced
  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 easily 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
  • 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, including Help. NGO and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 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.


    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.


    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 such as 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.


    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.


    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
  • 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. Cloud can be an enabler of that. Organizations around the world are taking advantage of 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.


    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.


    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.


    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 deliver 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.


    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

    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.


    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. 


    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.


    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.


    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. 

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The AWS DeepRacer League will be rolling into the AWS Summit Online series. You can get hands on with reinforcement learning and build a model (or bring your own), then compete by submitting your model to the virtual leaderboard. Compete with fellow tech enthusiasts for the quickest lap and win prizes.

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Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS

Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS

Teresa Carlson is the leader of AWS worldwide public sector, and one of the most accomplished and forwarding-thinking technology leaders in the world today. Through her charismatic leadership, Carlson has helped change mindsets of both individuals and organizations around the world, modernize policies at all levels of government and cultivate a 21st century global workforce equipped with the skillset necessary to leverage the full potential of cloud to drive innovation.

Carlson founded the worldwide public sector in 2010. Today, over 6,500 government agencies, over 11,000 academic institutions, and over 29,000 nonprofit organizations around the world use AWS. Additionally, Carlson advises Amazon public policy on global policy issues.

Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as vice president of Microsoft Federal Government, where she oversaw the company’s US federal government business. Carlson earned her undergraduate and masters of science degrees in communications and speech and language pathology from Western Kentucky University.

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