The AWS Lofts are a place where startups and developers can meet over coffee, work on their apps, attend educational sessions, and get in-person answers to AWS technical questions – all at no cost.

Gain hands-on experience through free technical workshops on serverless, containers, IoT, and more. Or, sharpen your business acumen by attending best practice sessions that include PR, legal, and funding. Plus, network and learn first-hand from other hot startups, VCs, and accelerators.

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August 1-4

Join us for three days of education and demos about DevOps on AWS. This series will benefit both experienced and inexperienced practitioners of DevOps who want to learn more about AWS’ DevOps services and best practices. During each day, we will introduce you to common DevOps practices and architectural patterns used by Amazon and leading companies...

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VC 201: The Investment Memo

July 20

Building off the basics presented in VC 101, we will be using the components of a traditional VC investment memo as a vehicle to examine the aspects of an investment opportunity, and the associated analysis, that matter to VCs and why.  

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AngelHack Meetup: SEED Film Screening & Networking

July 24

Join AngelHack for our inaugural NYC Meetup at the AWS Loft in Lower Manhattan for networking, and a film screening! We invite you to come view our newly released documentary, SEED that follows three startups from Nairobi, Palestine, and Palo Alto as they descend on San Francisco for our Silicon Valley Week, and Global Demo Day. Dreams will become uncertain and partnerships will be tested!

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AWS Loft Summer Party

August 10

We’re celebrating our two-year anniversary and newly expanded event space! Enjoy a free BBQ lunch on our roof deck, cold beverages, great company, and AWS swag. And just for fun, we’ll have street artists in residence to create sketches for your startup company logo and caricatures of your team. You can bring your team and work out of the AWS Loft for the day, or just take your lunch break on us.

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In VC 201 we will be building off the basics presented in VC 101. Specifically, we will be using the components of a traditional VC investment memo as a vehicle to examine the aspects of an investment opportunity, and the associated analysis, that matter to VCs and why. This exercise will allow us to explore basics of the Term Sheet, the Capitalization Table, the importance and structure of a Board of Directors as well as how a venture round typically comes together – from a lead investor to the broader investment syndicate. VC 101 explored how to engage with a typical VC and the basic mechanics of a VC fund. VC 201 will explore what to expect once you have your foot in the door.

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5:30PM-6PM | Registration & Networking

6PM | Talk by Drew Russ, Startup & VC Business Development, AWS

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AWS Meetup: Network Connectivity into AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will present an overview of connectivity options for hybrid environments. Organizations that have an on-premises footprint as well an AWS footprint find themselves in need of a robust, secure and consistent network connection between their different datacenters. This will include an overview of existing VPN & AWS Direct Connect connectivity options, as well as a discussion of some of the newer architectures that have become more prevalent in the last year.

Megaport is the world's first SDN-based neutral Ethernet fabric providing Enterprises a portal in which to deploy AWS direct connections -- in less than a minute, from any Megaport location worldwide. Megaport's network connects Data Centers to Cloud and Cloud to Enterprises.

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AWS Developer Tools  

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1:00PM-2:00PM | A Tale of Two Pizzas: Accelerating Software Delivery with AWS Developer Tools: Software release cycles are now measured in days instead of months. Cutting edge companies are continuously delivering high-quality software at a fast pace. In this session, we will cover how you can begin your DevOps journey by sharing best practices and tools used by the "two pizza" engineering teams at Amazon. We will showcase how you can accelerate developer productivity by implementing continuous Integration and delivery workflows. We will also cover an introduction to AWS CodeStar, AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeDeploy, the services inspired by Amazon's internal developer tools and DevOps practice. Level 100

2:00PM-3:00PM | DevOps On AWS: Advanced Techniques for Amazon EC2 Deployments on AWS: We’ve seen companies like fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and even Amazon.com itself adopt and evolve strategies to optimize their delivery of cloud applications. Some AWS customers perform in-place updates across their servers. Some perform blue-green deployments to newly provisioned servers. In this session, we’ll share the advantages of each approach and talk about the scenarios in which you should choose one over the other. We will also demonstrate how to perform each deployment technique in an agile and reliable manner by configuring an automated pipeline for building and deploying Amazon EC2 applications on AWS. Level 300

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3:15PM-4:15PM | Monitoring Modern Applications: Introduction to AWS X-Ray: Analyzing and debugging production distributed applications built using a service-oriented or microservices architecture is a challenging task. In this session, we will introduce AWS X-Ray, a new service designed for modern apps to isolate performance issues impacting your applications and users. We will showcase how to identify performance bottlenecks and errors, visualize a request call graph and service call graph, detect latency distribution, pinpoint issues to specific service(s), and identify the impact of issues on users of your application. This session will benefit both new and experienced users of AWS X-Ray. Level 200

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Managing your AWS Infrastructure

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1:00PM-2:00PM | CloudFormation Best Practices: AWS CloudFormation lets you model, provision, and update a collection of AWS resources with JSON and YAML templates. You can manage your Infrastructure as Code and deploy stacks from a single Amazon EC2 instance to multi-tier applications. In this session, we will explore CloudFormation best practices in planning and provisioning your AWS infrastructure. We will cover recent product updates that will help you make the most of this service and demonstrate new features. This session will benefit both new and experienced users of CloudFormation. Level 300

2:00PM-3:00PM | Deploy, Scale and Manage your Application with AWS Elastic Beanstalk: AWS Elastic Beanstalk provides an easy way to quickly deploy, manage, and scale applications in the AWS cloud. Through interactive demos, this session will discuss the best practices for deploying and scaling your application, provisioning additional AWS resources and performance tuning. We will also do a deep dive into the recently launched Elastic Beanstalk features and cover some of best practices for using Elastic Beanstalk. This session will benefit both new and experienced users of Elastic Beanstalk.

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3:30PM-4:30PM | Amazon EC2 Systems Manager for Hybrid Cloud Management at Scale: Whether you are a startup exploring migrating workloads to the cloud or are already all-in, performing common tasks of inventory collection, OS patch management, and image creation at scale is increasingly complicated in the hybrid infrastructure environments. Amazon EC2 Systems Manager allows you to perform automated configuration and ongoing management of your hybrid environment systems at scale. This session provides an overview of key EC2 Systems Manager capabilities that help you define and track system configurations, prevent drift, and maintain software compliance of your EC2 and on-premises configurations. We will also discuss common use cases for EC2 Systems Manager and give you a demonstration of a hybrid-cloud management scenario. Level 300

4:30PM-5:15PM | AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate: AWS OpsWorks has introduced a new offering, AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate. OpsWorks for Chef Automate provides a fully managed Chef server and suite of automation tools that give you workflow automation for continuous deployment, automated testing for compliance and security, and a user interface that gives you visibility into your nodes and their status. The Chef server gives you full stack automation by handling operational tasks such as software and operating system configurations, package installations, database setups, and more. The Chef server centrally stores your configuration tasks and provides them to each node in your compute environment at any scale, from a few nodes to thousands of nodes. OpsWorks for Chef Automate is completely compatible with tooling and cookbooks from the Chef community and automatically registers new nodes with your Chef server. Level 300

5:15PM-6:15PM | Automated compliance and governance with AWS Config and AWS CloudTrail: As your cloud operations evolve, complexity of governance, compliance, and risk auditing of your AWS account increases. With AWS Config you can automate your controls and compliance efforts so that they scale with your cloud footprint. You can proactively audit your AWS resources, assess changes in configurations, and leverage visual dashboard to check your overall compliance status. In this session, we will help you use AWS Config and other AWS Management Tools to automate configuration governance so that compliance is embedded in the development process. Level 300

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Part 1: AWS DevOps Best Practices

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1:00PM-2:00PM | Introduction to Microservices: Microservices architectures are changing the way that organizations build their applications and infrastructure. Companies can now achieve new levels of scale and efficiency by disaggregating their large, monolithic applications into small, independent “micro services”, each of which perform different functions. In this session, we’ll introduce the concept of microservices, help you evaluate whether your organization is ready for microservices, and discuss methods for implementing these architectures. We’ll also cover topics such as using API gateways, enabling self-service infrastructure provisioning, and ways to manage your microservices. Level 200

2:00PM-3:00PM | Building CI/CD Pipelines for Serverless Applications: Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery help developers rapidly and reliably release updates for their applications in a standardized and safe manner. The faster you can release new features and fix bugs, the quicker you can innovate and respond to customer needs. Serverless computing has changed the game for application development, including how to properly perform CI/CD for your application. AWS provides developer tools that help you automate the end-to-end lifecycle of your serverless application. In this session, we’ll discuss how to build multi-stage pipelines that let you build and test your application in an automated way using AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeBuild. We’ll also cover the built-in capabilities of AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway that allow you to create multiple versions, stages, and environments for your serverless applications. Level 300

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3:15PM-4:15PM | Building a CICD Pipeline for Container Deployment to Amazon ECS: Containers can make it easier to scale applications in the cloud, but how do I setup my CICD workflow to efficiently test and deloy my code to containerized apps? In this session, we will explore how developers can build effective CICD workflows to manage their containerized code deployments using Amazon EC2 Container Service, Amazon EC2 Container Registry, and other common tools. We will walk through best practices for CICD archiectures used by our customers to deploy containers to AWS and we will also deep dive ino topics such as creating an accessible CICD platform and Blue-Green deployments. We'll also demo how you can easily use AWS to create a CICD pipeline and deploy containers on Amazon ECS. Level 300

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1:00PM-2:30PM | Workshop: DevOps and Highly-Available Systems: How Architecture and Operations can Support Continuous Deployment: Architecting and operating a highly-available (HA) system without considering how a Continuous Deployment (CD) pipeline might affect it can lead to more risk than you're willing to accept.  Building a flexible architcture that can degrade gracefully and remain operating gives a team confidence to deploy frequently.  If you're moving to CD, your organization is likely realigning too: operators and support staff for production systems are more involved with developers and product releases.  Operations planning is now an integrated effort with developers. This talk covers hints and tips for how to architect and operate HA systems that are under CD.

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AWS Loft Summer Party

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Leveraging AWS Spot Market to Increase Profits and Improve Operational Margins (Private)

In this Roundtable we will discuss recent trends and challenges in the Adtech industry and how technology related decisions can become a business game changer. We will present how using Spot Instances for production environments generates cost savings, which enables innovation and increases companies' operational margins and profits.

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DevOps Efficiency Meetup with Spotnist

The AWS spot market holds a great promise for growing businesses that reached a phase where cost reduction is crucial. We have over 2 years of experience managing mission critical workloads in the AWS Spot market for our clients. In this meetup we will present a real life scenarios and use cases that demonstrates how to enable the use of EC2 Spot for production workloads, how to protect important data that resides on Spot Instances, maintain application availability during Spot interruption and how to enable HTTP \ TCP connection draining for Web Applications that run on Spot.

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5:00pm:  Gathering and Networking

5:30pm: Amazon EC2 Spot: Reference Architectures and Things to Consider

5:50pm: Case Study: Running a critical Real Time Bidding (RTB) application entirely on EC2 Spot.

6:15pm: Q&A

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Amazon Lightsail Hackathon

The Amazon Lightsail Hackathon is coming to the AWS Loft in New York giving you an opportunity to show off your coding chops and try out some of the newest AWS Services. This open-ended hackathon asks you to build capabilities for “Sailbot,” Amazon Lightsail’s friendly mascot, while incorporating Amazon Lightsail and one or more of our latest AI services, like Amazon Polly and Amazon Rekognition.

If you are creative, like to have fun, and want learn how to launch your apps on AWS with minimum fuss, then this hackathon is for you! Winners have an opportunity to win Amazon credits and other cool prizes.

The afternoon starts off with short introductions to Amazon Lightsail and Amazon AI services and then sets you loose for the rest of the afternoon and evening to design and build. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

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AWS GameDay Powered by Red Hat
It is your first day as the DevOps lead at the hot startup Unicorn.Rentals! Jump into the driver’s seat as the company moves towards launch and traffic starts to ramp up. You will work as part of a team to keep users happy and costs low by effectively managing your infrastructure in a live AWS environment during this competitive event! If you have what it takes to deliver highly available, highly scalable solutions in the cloud, and you are up for the challenge of running tech for a cutting edge startup on launch day, come join us for AWS GameDay!

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Alexa IoT Skills Workshop
Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of capabilities through the Alexa Voice Service include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more. The Alexa Skills Kit is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. You can also use the Smart Home Skill API, a recent addition to the Alexa Skills Kit, to easily teach Alexa how to control your smart lighting and thermostat devices. At this workshop, an Alexa Solutions Architect will be onsite to help you code and easily build and add new capabilities (skills) to Alexa. Level 300

Why you should learn to create Alexa Skills?
• Once certified, your new skills will be published in the Alexa app which will in and of itself be a great addition to your portfolio.
• Second, you’ll gain experience with three services: Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit, AWS Lambda (part of Amazon Web Services), and the NodeJS backend JavaScript framework.

What are the prerequisites for attending?
1. Get a developer account: developer.amazon.com (free)
2. Get an AWS account: aws.amazon.com (free - but CC required for signup)
3. Download sample templates to your desktop: github.com/amzn/alexa-skills-kit-js
4. Feel free to bring your Alexa-enabled device with you. If you do not have one, you can use a loaner device provided by Amazon or test using Echosim.io.
5. Bring your laptop.

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