AWS Startup Day 2017

Wednesday, 1 November 2017
AWS Office
8:00am - 1:45pm 

    Registration Closed    
  • Startup Day 2017

    AWS Startup Day is a free, one day event dedicated to solutions aimed at incubators and startups, growing companies and the VC community. It is the perfect environment for business and technical stakeholders to share their successes, learn best practices, and adopt new technologies.

    Join us for a day packed with premium content from a host of exciting AWS and guest speakers.

    • Startup business and technical founders, and developers who are eager to learn how to run lean and scale fast to build their next big thing.
    • Development teams, engineers, architects and system administrators from startups who are eager to learn how to deploy applications in highly available, scalable architectures.

    AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with the resources needed to get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS. Activate currently has custom Portfolio and Portfolio Plus packages for startups in select accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and startup-enabling organisations.

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    Mackenzie Kosut

    Mackenzie is the Global Startup Evangelist at AWS. His days are spent traveling the globe to meet startups, share their stories, and connect engineering teams together. Every day there are a large number of startups launching on AWS across every imaginable industry. It’s Mackenzie’s mission to find stories of startups that are helping to improve the world and share these stories with a wide audience.

    Prior to joining AWS, Mackenzie was the Head of Technical Operations at Betterment, the world’s largest independent robo-advisor based in NYC which manages over $8B in assets. Mackenzie was a founding engineer and Head of Technical Operations at Oscar Health, an insurance startup also based in NYC, helping to grow the company to over 400+ employees and a $2.7B valuation. Before Oscar, Mackenzie was one the original engineers at Tumblr where he helped scale the infrastructure to 20B page views a month eventually selling to Yahoo! for $1.1B. He’s worked in a diversified set of industries including global media (MTV/Viacom), global Shipping (DHL), and more. He also holds numerous advisory roles at companies providing technical and business guidance around the world.

    Chris Sharkey

    Chris is CTO and co-founder at Autopilot, where he builds technology to automate customer journey marketing. Autopilot has offices in San Francisco and Sydney, has raised 30 million dollars and has customers such as Atlassian, Microsoft, Crunchbase, Lyft and many thousands more. Prior to Autopilot, Chris is best known for co-founding Stayz, the largest holiday accommodation website in Australia (acquired by Fairfax Digital in 2006 and again by HomeAway for $225M in 2013). Chris holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Agenda

    08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Arrival Refreshments    
    09:00 - 10:00 Welcome & Keynote Presentation
    Mackenzie Kosut, Startup Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
    Chris Sharkey, Co-Founder & CTO, Autopilot
    10:00 - 10:30 Morning Tea Break    
      Track 1: Business   Track 2: Technical
    10:30 - 11:00 Hiring & Culture
    How do you define, foster and maintain your core culture whilst scaling your business and hiring new staff? Amazon is now 23 years old, has scaled to over 350,000 employees globally, and continues to grow rapidly. In this session we will discuss lessons Amazon has learned about hiring at pace and scale, whilst at the same time maintaining Jeff Bezos's "Day 1" startup culture that it has become known for.
      Harnessing Artificial Intelligence in Your Applications
    AWS offers a family of AI services that provide cloud-native Machine Learning and Deep Learning technologies allowing developers to build an entirely new generation of apps that can see, hear, speak, understand, and interact with the real world. In this session we take a look at Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Polly, and Amazon Lex.
      Rolf Krolke, Site Leader, Premium Support, Amazon Web Services
      Alastair Cousins, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
    11:05 - 11:35 Funding Dos & Don'ts
    In this session Matt Allen from the AWS Startup team will inteview two of Australia's leading VC partners James Cameron (AirTree) and Samantha Wong (Blackbird) to discuss trends in the funding space, as well as best practise and common pitfalls for founders looking to raise capital.
      Reducing Complexity by Coordinating Distributed Functions and Microservices
    This session will look at the challenges of designing and operating a distributed, serverless environment at scale. We will explore the general challenge of managing state and coordinating components, introducing the new AWS Step Functions service and the role it can play in reducing complexity. We dive deep into AWS Step Functions and demonstrate how they make it easy to coordinate the components of a distributed microservices application.
      Matt Allen, AWS Startup Team, James Cameron, AirTree, and Samantha Wong, Blackbird
      Cassandra Bonner, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

    11:40 - 12:10

    What's the best way to scale your startup? You can focus on organic/self-service growth, on hunting specific high value customers, on building channel partnerships, or a combination of these at various points in their lifecycle. In this session we will host a panel discussion on the merits and challenges of these approaches, featuring Andre Pinantoan (Head of Growth, Canva), Rob Loewenthal (CEO, Whooshkaa), and Katherine Maree Pace (CEO, Elanation)
      Serverless Data Processing on AWS
    Application developers need to deal with an ever growing volume of streaming data and the challenges of processing that data on a near real-time basis . This session will cover how AWS services such as Amazon Kinesis Streams, Firehose and Analytics, AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, AWS API Gateway and Amazon SNS can be used in a developer centric context to ingest, transform, process and visualise streaming data using serverless architectures.
      Matt Allen, AWS Startup Team, Andre Pinantoan, Canva, Rob Loewenthal, Whooshkaa, and Katherine Maree Pace, Elanation   Daniel Zoltak, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
    12:15 - 12:45 PR & Media
    Startups are the new black, and there is more public interest in startups than ever before. Whilst there is increasing demand for good startup stories in the media, the growing volume of startup news can make it harder to stand out. In this session hear from a journalist on what makes a good startup story, how to pitch to media, and how to best get your message out.
      Supercharging Serverless Identity with Amazon Cognito
    Whether you are building mobile or web applications, you often need to enable a secure way for users to sign up and sign in. Amazon Cognito enables you to secure your mobile and web applications by providing a comprehensive identity solution for end user management, registration, sign-in, and security. In this session, we will walk through the feature set, which includes serverless flows for user management and sign-in in a fully managed user directory. Additionally, we will cover key use cases including taking advantage of the built-in support of user sign-up and sign-in forms that are customisable and brandable, social identity provider integration via Facebook, Google, Login with Amazon, and enterprise directory integration via SAML federation and OAuth2 support.
      Peter Witts, Senior PR Manager, Amazon Web Services & Paul Wallbank, Journalist   Ed Lima, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
    12:45 - 13:45 Lunch (Optional)    

Wednesday, 1 November 2017
8:00am - 1:45pm

AWS Office
Level 37, 2 Park Street
Sydney NSW 2000

    Registration Closed