The AWS Summit brings together the cloud computing community to connect, collaborate and learn about AWS. In this action-packed, one-day event, you can choose from 16 breakout sessions covering a broad range of topics. Attend introductory sessions on new and existing AWS services or participate in sessions that go deep into architecture and code. All sessions will be delivered by subject matter experts from AWS, Partners or expert customers who can share their real world experiences and lessons learned.


09:00 - 10:00  Registration | Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 11:30  Opening Keynote

11:30 - 13:00  Partner Expo - Break - Lunch

13:00 - 17:15  Breakout Sessions

17:15 - 18:00  Networking drinks

*Agenda maybe subject to change.

  • Introduction to Enterprise on AWS

    13:00 - 13:45 - Migrating your IT

    Speaker: Diaa Radwan, AWS

    Level: 300

    When migrating applications to the AWS Cloud, it’s important to architect cloud environments that are efficient, secure, and compliant. AWS now offers the simple services of data and applications migration. In this session, we explore ways to cost-effectively reinvent disaster recovery so it can extend to applications and workloads as first steps for migration to AWS cloud. We discuss customer use cases and review the different applications they used with our data migration services to cut their IT expenditures and management time on hardware and backup solutions.

    14:00 - 14:45 - Hybrid cloud and VMWare on AWS

    Speaker: Luke Holderness, AWS

    Partner Speaker: VMWare

    Level: 200

    For most organizations with on-premises technology investments, operating in a hybrid architecture is a necessary part of cloud adoption. Migrating legacy IT systems takes time. Therefore, selecting a cloud provider who can help you implement a thoughtful hybrid strategy without requiring costly new investments in on-premises hardware and software, is important to simplify operations and more easily achieve your business goals. In this session, we will describe how we at AWS have built the industry’s broadest set of hybrid capabilities across storage, networking, security, application deployment, and management tools to make it easy for you to integrate the cloud as a seamless and secure extension of your existing investments.

    15:30 - 16:15 - How to build secure workloads on AWS

    Speaker: Ahmed Gouda, AWS

    Customer Speaker: ABSA

    Level: 200

    How secure your environment on AWS by implementing security best practice? In this session, we will cover AWS Compliance, Shared Responsibility Model and AWS Security by Design Principles. Come learn how to use AWS services to implement identity management, detective controls, defense-in-depth, data protection and be prepared for security events.

    16:30 - 17:15 - Perimeter Security - Automating DDos and WAF responses at the Edge

    Speaker: Andrew Kane, AWS

    Level: 300/400

    Security professionals and full-stack engineers will learn how to defend against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and web application exploits by using automation to monitor activity, configure rate limiting, and deploy network filtering rules. You will become an expert in advanced techniques to help you protect and monitor your AWS networks and resources using services such as AWS Web Application Firewall, AWS Shield, AWS CloudWatch, and more. You will also learn how to use Lambda functions to automate event response and integrate with your security operations tools.

  • Advanced Enterprise

    13:00 - 13:45 - Accelerate your digital transformation by running SAP on on AWS

    Speaker: Adam Hill, AWS

    Customer Speaker: Pick n Pay

    Level: 200

    Learn how customers are leveraging AWS to better position their enterprises for the digital transformation journey. In this session, you hear about: the SAP transformation journey including architecting, migrating, running SAP on AWS; complete automation and management of the AWS layer using AWS native services; and a customer example. Learn how SAP customers are running mission-critical workloads on AWS and how we guide these companies as they rapidly adopt emerging technologies and accelerate greater innovation with the AWS Cloud.

    14:00 - 14:45 - Developing applications on AWS with .NET core

    Speaker: Tara Walker, AWS

    Level: 200

    This example based session will show how to develop cross-platform .NET Core applications on AWS. Through demos, we will provide a walkthrough on how to develop and deploy .NET Core applications using various AWS services including AWS Lambda, Amazon EC2 and AWS Elastic Beanstalk while taking advantage of the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio.

    15:30 - 16:15 - DevNetOps - Automating large-scale hybrid cloud architectures

    Speaker: Bradley Acar, AWS 

    Customer Speaker: MMI Holdings

    Level: 300

    In the journey of cloud adoption, Hybrid architectures are commonplace and are often seen as a very important milestone in business enablement. AWS offers customers many options to facilitate connectivity of their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud environments back to their existing on-premises networks.In this session, we will show you how to choose the best option for your business and how each of these options scale. We’ll also show you how you can use a CI/CD pipeline to automate deployment of AWS Accounts and VPCs and connect them to your existing network, on-the-fly, with all your guard rails in-place.


    16:30 - 17:15 - How to build scalable and resilient applications in the cloud

    Speaker: Adrian Hornsby, AWS 

    Customer Speaker: MultiChoice

    Level: 300

    Ever wondered how companies delivering global services like Amazon or Netflix are architecting and testing their software systems? If you are curious and wanna learn how they do it - this is for you! In this session, will deep dive into availability, reliability and large-scale architectures and make an introduction to chaos engineering, a discipline that promotes breaking things on purpose in order to learn how to build more resilient systems.

  • Modern IT - IoT, Containers & more

    13:00 - 13:45 - How to build and deploy serverless apps

    Speaker: Alex Casalboni, AWS

    Customer Speaker: Impression Signatures

    Serverless computing allows you to build and run applications without the need for provisioning or managing servers. It means that you can build web, mobile, and IoT backends, run stream processing or big data workloads, build chatbots, run code at the edge, and more. In this session, learn how to get started with serverless computing with AWS Lambda and managed services such as Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon DynamoDB. We introduce you to the basics of building with AWS Lambda, as well as how to properly perform CI/CD for your serverless application. We will discuss a method for automating the deployment of serverless applications using services such as AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeBuild, and techniques such as canary deployments and automatic rollbacks.


    14:00 - 14:45 - Containers on AWS (let me count the ways)

    Speaker: Rick Harvey, AWS

    Customer Speaker: Business Optics

    Level: 300

    A look into the many ways to run containers on AWS with Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, AWS Fargate and Roll your own Kubernetes. In this session you’ll gain insights to help you decide the right technology for your organisation to take advantage of containers on AWS. With a practical demo of fargate you’ll also see how easy it is to make containers your primary focus allowing you to innovate on your application without managing infrastructure.


    15:30 - 16:15 - Building secure and scalable mobile applications on AWS

    Speaker: Dennis Hills, AWS

    Level: 200

    Developing mobile applications that capture customer attention in today’s marketplace is extremely competitive. Applications must be responsive, real-time, secure, and usable when no network is available.In this session, you’ll learn about the latest features from AWS Mobile to build secure, scalable mobile and web applications. We'll demonstrate the latest techniques for automatic mobile backend provisioning along with new capabilities for advanced querying and connecting to different data sources.

    16:30 - 17:15 - AWS IoT - enabling responsible water use

    Speaker: Clive Charlton, AWS

    Level: 300

    Day zero was the term coined by the City of Cape Town for the day they would have to turn the water off for citizens, potentially making Cape Town the first major city to run out of water. Thankfully day zero was avoided in 2018 but the danger still lingers. Learn how AWS empowers citizens to use water responsibly using AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3, Amazon Cognito.

  • Innovating with VR, ML and AI

    13:00 - 13:45 - AWS AI state of the union

    Speaker: Herbert-John Kelly, AWS 

    Customer Speaker: Data Prophet 

    Level: 200

    Join us to hear about our strategy for driving machine learning (ML) innovation for our customers and learn what's new from AWS in the machine learning space. We will discuss and demonstrate the latest new services for ML on AWS: Amazon SageMaker, AWS DeepLens, Amazon Rekogntion Video, Amazon Translate, Amazon Transcribe and Amazon Comprehend. Attend this session to understand how to make the most of machine learning in the cloud.


    14:00 - 14:45 - Build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale

    Speaker: Adrian Hornsby, AWS 

    Customer Speaker: ABSA

    Level: 300

    Machine learning often feels a lot harder than it should be to most developers because the process to build and train models, and then deploy them into production is too complicated and too slow. Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed service that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale. In this session, I will make a quick introduction to machine learning and walk through leveraging Sagemaker for your machine learning projects.


    15:30 - 16:15 - Evolution of media workflows aided by machine learning

    Speaker: Usman Shakeel, AWS

    Customer Speaker: Custos Media

    Level: 200

    This session looks at the evolving M&E workloads from Content creation workflows, to smart Supply Chains and Archives and personalization around content delivery. With this evolution we also discuss AWS machine learning tool set and its application towards this evolution of M&E workloads. Learn some of the cool use cases and architecture patterns using AWS ML tool set on how studios, networks and creative service companies as well as broadcasters are using them from boosting creative productivity, efficiencies and creativity in production planning, animation, visual effects, editorial, post and localization. We’ll see what AI and ML apps are capable of doing right now and glimpse their long-term potential to alter workflows.

    16:30 - 17:15 - Creating and publishing AR and VR apps with Amazon Sumerian

    Speaker: Usman Shakeel, AWS

    Customer Speaker: Sea Monster

    Level: 200

    Anyone can create and publish augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 3D applications quickly and easily with Amazon Sumerian. Learn how to use Sumerian to build a scene that can be published and viewed on laptops, mobile phones, VR headsets, and digital signage. Take a tour of the Sumerian interface, and learn how to build a scene, add assets and hosts, and add behaviors to create dynamically animated objects and characters in an AR/VR experience. Also see how Sumerian integrates into AWS services such as Amazon Polly, Amazon Lex, AWS Lambda, Amazon S3, and Amazon DynamoDB.


  • Big Data & Analytics

    13:00 - 13:45 - The seven habits of highly successful builders

    Speaker: Constantine Gonzalez, AWS 

    Customer Speaker: Impression Signatures

    Level: 200

    At Amazon, we like to “build”, and at AWS, we create building blocks for our customers. But what does it mean exactly to be a „builder“? How can a „build your own“ culture help your business create faster, more reliable, and more successful solutions? Learn about the biggest shift in IT since the rise of outsourcing and how to apply successful builder patterns to your own projects!

    14:00 - 14:45 - Best practices for migration of Oracle databases to AWS using Amazon Database Migration Service and Schema Conversion Tool

    Speaker: Andrey Zaychikov, AWS 

    Customer Speaker: Mix Telematics

    Level: 300

    In this session, we will have a Deep Dive look into the migration of Oracle databases to AWS. We will walk you through the process of migrating various types of databases (OLTP, DWH, staging, etc.) with different complexity to Amazon Aurora and Amazon Redshift. You will learn key benefits of selecting a proper target for your databases and the means to organize the whole migration process using multiple tools, such as Amazon DMS, SCT, and some 3rd party applications. Through a live demonstration the participants of the session will learn how to replatform the database relatively easy and the way to migrate production database without any downtime.


    15:30 - 16:15 - Using data lakes to quench your analytics fire

    Speaker: Shafreen Sayyed, AWS

    Level: 200

    Traditional data storage and analytic tools no longer provide the agility and flexibility required to deliver relevant business insights. We are seeing more and more organisations shift to a data lake solution. This approach allows you to store massive amounts of data in a central location so its readily available to be categorized, processed, analyzed, and consumed by diverse organizational groups. In this session, we’ll assemble a data lake using services such as Amazon S3, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Athena, Amazon EMR, AWS Glue and integration with Amazon Redshift Spectrum.

    16:30 - 17:15 - Analyzing Streaming Data in Real-time with Amazon Kinesisreaming - Kinesis

    Speaker: Tara Walker, AWS

    Customer Speaker: Digitata

    Level: 200

    Amazon Kinesis is a platform for streaming data on AWS, offering powerful services to make it easy to load and analyze streaming data. With Amazon Kinesis, you can ingest real-time data such as video, audio, application logs, website clickstreams, and IoT telemetry data for machine learning, analytics, and other applications. In this session, we will provide an overview of streaming data applications with the Amazon Kinesis platform and present an end-to-end streaming data solution including data ingestion, real-time processing, and persistence.


  • Partner Deep Dive Sessions

    12:00 - 12:45 - Providing Enterprise Data Protection and IT Resiliency with AWS

    Speaker: Burnet Jonker, Technical Manager, Veritas

    Veritas helps enterprise IT organizations successfully navigate their journey to AWS and enables data management capabilities across AWS and hybrid architectures. Organizations can move data and workloads to AWS at their desired pace while protecting legacy hardware and software investments, and ensuring proper governance, protection, performance and uptime. 

    13:00 - 13:45 - Heads in the Clouds - Marketing and Technology, Making Dreams Reality

    Speakers: Glen Hall, Head of Engineering and Chief Architect, ABSA & Darryl Govender, Head of Cloud Services, Synthesis

    How does one achieve consistent quality across more than 400 systems, hundreds of physical locations, and tens of thousands of staff, when replacing a decades old brand in an organisation spanning multiple geographies? Where could this lead in the future?

    14:00 - 14:45 - The Age of Security Automation for Modern Application development on AWS

    Speakers: Indi Sriniwasa, Vice President Sub-Sahara Africa, Trend Micro & Paul Hidalgo, AMEA Cloud Business Manager, Trend Micro

    Achieve successful cloud transformation. Learn how organisations are streamlining security practices across EC2 instances and containers using automation and controls to reduce the number of security dependencies and meet compliance regulations such as PCI-DSS. We'll discuss how the cloud is changing the way organisations secure their data, and how you can improve the gap between IT Security and DevOps.

    14:45 - 15:30 - Connecting sub-Saharan Africa to the AWS Cloud

    Speaker: Andrew Owens, Technical Manager, Teraco

    This presentation will take you on a journey… from your on-premise network, to the AWS Direct Connect locations over Ethernet fibre-optic cables. One end of the cable is connected to your router, the other to AWS Direct Connect infrastructure. With this connection in place you can create virtual interfaces directly to AWS services and experience the full benefits.

    15:30 - 16:15 - Fulfill the Promise of the Cloud with NetApp

    Speaker: Sulaiman Mustapha, Solutions Engineer, NetApp

    When it comes to cloud, companies dream of finally achieving the elusive free-flowing workload migration. NetApp and Amazon Web Services share a common vision of obsessing over our customers’ needs and delighting them with innovation. Together, we provide solutions that can help you meet rapidly changing business demands.

    16:30 - 17:15 - Running Kubernetes on AWS

    Speaker: Dieter Rosch and Werner Mostert, BBD

    We’ll be exploring how to run a highly available and scalable Kubernetes container orchestration platform on the AWS cloud. This includes the configuration of EC2 instance types for appropriate workloads, autoscaling and EC2 lifecycle management to optimise cost throughout the development process. The concept of containerisation and microservices will be introduced and we’ll discuss the integration between Kubernetes and AWS services, to simplify additional operational concerns.