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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, AI, machine learning and more. Or, sharpen your startup business acumen by attending best practice sessions that include fundraising and marketing. Plus, network and learn first-hand from other hot startups, VCs, and accelerators.

525 Market Street, 2nd Floor (Courtyard Entrance), San Francisco, CA

Open Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm
Check our calendar for exceptions to these hours.

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Database Week

July 30 - August 1

Database Week at the AWS Loft is an opportunity to learn about Amazon’s broad and deep family of managed database services. During this three day event, you will learn how to get started, how to support applications, and how to scale.

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Getting to Continuous Security & Compliance Monitoring on AWS

July 22

Join the Lacework team for a hands-on demonstration of how behavioral analysis can be applied at scale for continuous security and compliance monitoring of your AWS infrastructure.

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Business Series: Getting Angel Investors Excited about your Startup

July 25

Hear from our panel of angel investors as they share the secrets to scoring angel funds, investments they’ve made, the ones they’ve passed on, and what they’re looking for.

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AWS Customer Co-working and Ask An Expert Bar

Open Daily, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm (exceptions noted below)

7:00PM-9:00PM

Startup Talk: Hire Your Startup's First Technical Team

Cheryl Porro, Chief Technology Officer at Thrive Global – a behavior change tech startup, will share best practices on building a successful technical team at a startup – including the skills your first engineers should have and the projects you should assign. She’ll cover how to identify skill gaps in your current team in order to zero in on the right talent to hire, the tactics she’s using to grow her team with lean resources, and tips on how to level up junior engineers when top talent is unattainable.

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6:30PM-8:30PM

AWS What's Next

Join us for AWS What's Next and learn about the latest launches. Attend live demos and be among the first try AWS's new services and features. During this interactive event, you'll hear from AWS evangelists and get a chance to chat 1-1 with AWS product teams. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be offered afterward.

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7:00PM-9:00PM

Business Series: A Winning Pitch Deck | Part 1: Build

Russ Heddleston, the Co-founder and CEO of DocSend – a content management and analytics startup, joins us for a two-part series on the Pitch Deck. In this first part, he'll share the results from a study of more than 200 pitch decks – including his own. You’ll get a tour of the best pitch decks and the ones that failed – along with tips on how to avoid the failed pitfalls.

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5:30PM-9:00PM

Getting to Continuous Security & Compliance Monitoring on AWS

Chris Pedigo, Senior Security Engineer, will walk attendees through Lacework with a specific focus on how we automatically analyze AWS CloudTrail and AWS Config data to ensure that security best practices are in place and that data anomalies are detected to help prevent ransomware, Bitcoin mining, container security issues, and more.

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10:00AM-2:00PM

SaaS Factory Bootcamp: Succeeding as a SaaS Product Owner

In this business-focused workshop delivered by the AWS SaaS Factory team, we’ll provide you with a mix of presentation and group exercises that will expose you to many of the concepts and traits that are common the SaaS product owner role. We’ll look at how SaaS impacts the way you engage/support customers, how you incorporate agility and non-functional requirements into your backlog, and how you determine packaging, feature and tiering concepts into your strategy.

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7:00PM-9:00PM

Startup Talk: Mobile Growth Strategies & Insights: Netflix, DocuSign, + Mercari

Join us and the team at Mobile Growth SF for a night of growth strategy stories from mobile experts at some of the top performing apps in the city – including Netflix, DocuSign and Mercari.  We’ll kick off the evening with beer and appetizers, then we'll hear lessons and best practices for mobile app growth. 

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10:00AM-3:30PM

SaaS Factory Bootcamp: A Hands-on Introduction to Architecting SaaS Solutions on AWS

In this workshop, we’ll kick-off with an introduction to the fundamentals SaaS concepts. Then, equipped with this foundation, we’ll dive into a reference SaaS architecture where you can see the moving parts of a SaaS solution in action. The goal here is to provide a mix of lecture and hands-on activities that will allow you to interact with a functional SaaS solution, introducing code and configuration that realizes and extends the capabilities of this SaaS environment. Through this combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, you’ll get a healthy dose of SaaS best practices all through the lens of a working reference solution.

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7:00PM-9:00PM

Business Series: Getting Angel Investors Excited about your Startup

Hear from our panel of angel investors as they share the secrets to scoring angel funds and getting your idea off the ground. They’ll discuss the investments they’ve made, the ones they’ve passed on, and what they’re looking for in future investments.

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10:00AM-4:30PM

Database Week: Database Selection & Migration Planning

Database Week at the AWS Loft is an opportunity to learn about Amazon’s broad and deep family of managed database services. During this three day event, you will learn how to get started, how to support applications, and how to scale.

Register
10:00AM-4:30PM

Database Week: Traditional & Open Source Databases

Database Week at the AWS Loft is an opportunity to learn about Amazon’s broad and deep family of managed database services. During this three day event, you will learn how to get started, how to support applications, and how to scale.

Register
10:00AM-4:30PM

Database Week: Optimizing Databases for Your Workload

Database Week at the AWS Loft is an opportunity to learn about Amazon’s broad and deep family of managed database services. During this three day event, you will learn how to get started, how to support applications, and how to scale.

Register
6:30PM-9:00PM

Business Series: A Winning Pitch Deck | Part 2: Deck Review

Join us for an interactive 2-hour pitch deck review to see first-hand how pitch decks are dissected by investors and VCs. Our panel of experts will flip through your deck on stage and provide instant feedback. They'll evaluate the content and structure, make suggestions on the necessary changes needed, help you course-correct – if necessary, and perfect a pitch deck that helps you graduate from bootstrapped to a Series A.

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10:00AM-5:30PM

AR/VR Day

Participants in this bootcamp will learn how to get started with Amazon Sumerian and receive support while they work on creating their own applications. Experts will provide a training on the Sumerian service and provide insights into creating apps that use Amazon Amplify, Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, DynamoDB, S3, IoT, ML, AI and other AWS services.

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10:00AM-5:15PM

AI/ML Boot Camp: Smart Applications

AI/ML Bootcamp is a 2 day event for Machine Learning (ML) aspiring developers, application developers, ML developers and data scientists that want to learn and apply ML at speed and scale. Presented by Amazon AI/ML experts, this series of sessions and hands-on workshops has something for developers and data scientists of all machine learning skill levels.

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10:00AM-4:45PM

AI/ML Boot Camp: Build, train, and deploy models

AI/ML Bootcamp is a 2 day event for Machine Learning (ML) aspiring developers, application developers, ML developers and data scientists that want to learn and apply ML at speed and scale. Presented by Amazon AI/ML experts, this series of sessions and hands-on workshops has something for developers and data scientists of all machine learning skill levels.

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10:00AM-2:30PM

IoT Edge Computing Workshop

Participants will learn the concepts of AWS IoT Greengrass ML Inference and Amazon SageMaker. Through practical exercises, discover how to build a machine learning model with Amazon SageMaker, deploy the model onto an IoT Greengrass Core, and run ML inference on the IoT Greengrass Core with a Lambda function.

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