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Dr. Werner Vogels is Chief Technology Officer at where he is responsible for driving the company's customer-centric technology vision. As one of the forces behind Amazon's approach to cloud computing, he is passionate about helping young businesses reach global scale, and transforming enterprises into fast-moving digital organizations. Vogels joined Amazon in 2004 from Cornell University where he was a distributed systems researcher. He has held technology leadership positions in companies that handle the transition of academic technology into industry. Vogels holds a PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.


Teresa Carlson leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs, and non-profits and non-governmental organizations, and acts as an advisor to Amazon Public Policy. Since launching AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has driven the business’ growth, which today includes 2,300 government, 7,000 education, and 22,000 nonprofit customers, and a vast partner ecosystem worldwide. Carlson has received many honors, including being named as one of Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing, and one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women and 100 Top Tech Leaders.

With the growing number of business cases for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) continue to drive the development of cutting edge technology solutions. We see this manifested in computer vision, predictive modeling, natural language understanding, and recommendation engines. During this full afternoon of sessions and workshops, learn how you can develop your own applications to leverage the benefits of these services. Join this State of the Union presentation to hear more about ML and DL at AWS.


  • Matt Wood, Director of Deep Learning, Amazon Web Services

Join this panel discussion to hear from security and information technology leaders as they discuss the ways they embrace AWS for security innovation and their best practices for cloud security. Learn how they are adopting AWS to protect their most sensitive data. The panel will include CIOs and CISOs representing government, education, and non-profit organizations.


  • Alan Halachmi, Senior manager, WWPS Specialists Team, Amazon Web Services
  • John Brady, CISO, FINRA
  • Scott Midkiff, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology, CIO of Virginia Tech
  • Sujit Pal Jagdev, Chief Technology Officer, MPAC

Security at AWS is job zero. Join this discussion about how AWS manages security and massive scale with CJ Moses AWS’ Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Mark Ryland, AWS’ Chief Architect, Worldwide Public Sector. The discussion will review AWS security strategy and highlight innovative security technology enabling security automation and visibility. We will also be looking at what's on the horizon for AWS security innovation. Prior to joining AWS, Mr. Moses had an extensive career within the Federal Government, most recently with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served as an Assistant Section Chief. His responsibilities at the FBI’s Cyber Division included leadership of the technical analysis of computer and network intrusion activities as well as oversight of malicious code analysis and computer exploitation tool reverse-engineering.


  • CJ Moses, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Amazon Web Services
  • Mark Ryland, Chief Architect, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

In this session, we’ll discuss considerations for buying cloud services so that users and organizations can extract the full benefits and power of AWS. We start with logging in, spinning up an instance, setting security parameters, and reviewing a few key features. As a result of the console and sample feature demonstration, you can leave this session with an understanding of how shared security, utility pricing, data location, innovative services, governance, and terms and conditions need to be approached in a procurement effort.


  • Dave DeBrant, Senior Manager, Global Capture, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Jane Lacy, Senior Manager, Emerging Partners, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Cloud computing can help government organizations increase innovation, efficiency, agility, and resiliency—all while reducing costs. This session highlights perspectives on how small, highly empowered teams are breaking down innovation barriers, tackling mission-critical operations, and delivering more value with the cloud in highly regulated, unclassified environments.


  • Doug Van Dyke, Director of US Federal and Nonprofits, Amazon Web Services (moderator)
  • Chris Lynch, Director, Defense Digital Services

We are witnessing an unprecedented growth in the amount of data collected, in many different shapes and forms. Storage, management, and analysis of this data requires database services that scale and perform in ways not possible before. AWS offers a collection of such database and other data services including:  Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon EMR to process, store, manage, and analyze data. In this session, we provide an overview of AWS database services, share our vision for continued innovation in this space and discuss how our customers are using these services today.


  • Dan Neault, Director of Product Management, Amazon Web Services
  • Dave Cruley, AWS GovCloud (US) Solutions Architect Manager, Amazon Web Services

Highly regulated workloads like those that are HIPAA or HITRUST based can easily be created using native tools on AWS, but how do we manage them after they are created? This session will review governance and compliance designs for a tightly regulated workload, like HIPAA or HITRUST, and help show how you can better validate and document your compliance. We will cover how to quickly get started with the AWS compliance accelerators and how to leverage AWS native features to monitor and control your accounts. We will cover answers to common questions such as “How do I know that I’m using the approved services from the BAA," “How can I enforce policy on many accounts," “How can I make sure data is being securely transmitted” and “How can automate compliance notifications and alerting." This session is designed for a technical audience where we will dive deep into the AWS service offerings, console, and API.


  • Brad Dispensa, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Scenario: You have come up with an exciting hypothesis, and now you need to find and analyze as much data as possible to prove (or refute) it. There are many datasets that might be applicable, but they have been created at different times by different people and don’t conform to any common standard. They use different names for variables that mean the same thing and the same names for variables that mean different things. They use different units of measurement and different categories. Some have more variables than others. And they all have data quality issues. In this session, we explore some of the challenges involved in doing research across multiple datasets. We offer an architecture (with a companion packaged sample solution) to support dataset harmonization, search, and analysis, using a combination of managed and serverless services such as Jupyter Notebooks and Apache Spark on Amazon EMR, Amazon Elasticsearch, Amazon S3, Amazon Athena, & Amazon Quicksight. Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, representing the American Heart Association, will take the podium to describe how AHA and AWS have worked together to implement these techniques in the recently launched AHA Precision Medicine Platform; an initiative that brings together researchers and practitioners from around the globe to access and analyze volumes of cardiovascular and stroke data to accelerate the care of patients at risk of cardio-vascular disease – the number one killer in the United States and a leading global health threat.


  • Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, Strategic Advisor, Data and Analytics, American Heart Association
  • Bob Strahan, Senior Consultant, AWS ProServe, Amazon Web Services  

Directories are critical infrastructure used by applications to access information and policies about people, computers, and devices. Directories in the cloud help developers and enterprises focus on their core businesses without having to worry about directory deployment, global scale, availability, and performance. AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD, provides Active Directory in the cloud for traditional .NET and Windows applications. It is also a pre-requisite in new regions to connect AWS applications such as Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon RDS SQL Server and QuickSight with Active Directory users on-premises or in the cloud. Cloud Directory (CD) is a cloud-scale, highly available, multi-tenant service that enables customers to build cloud native applications or services that need directories, such as AWS Organizations and Cognito Identity Your User Pools. This session covers key use cases, considerations, and priorities for these directory offerings in 2017.


  • Mike Cotton, Senior Solutions Architect, Federal, Amazon Web Services

Amazon WorkMail, WorkDocs, and Chime allow customers to quickly deploy enterprise-grade communication tools while enabling strong security controls and integrating with your existing user directory. You will learn how to use WorkMail and WorkDocs to share information with colleagues and customers using familiar desktop and mobile platforms. We’ll also demonstrate the powerful collaboration features of Amazon Chime including private and group messaging as well as remote screen and application sharing.


  • Eric Schwenter, Senior Solutions Architect, SLED, Amazon Web Services
  • Michael Hall, Senior Solutions Architect, SLG, Amazon Web Services

This session will present strategies for new ecosystems to monetize enterprise services to save and recover costs. The CIO of the State of Delaware will share his experience with AWS's value-driven billing and charging models, transparency and granularity of usage details that reflect enterprise customers organization structure and budget, policy control and enforcement to deliver appropriate quality of service and SLA, a low latency credit control policy necessary so clients don’t experience the “bill shock” effect, and reliable and scalable billing and revenue management services.


  • Honorable James Collins, CIO, State of Delaware

DigitalGlobe, the world’s leading provider of high-resolution Earth imagery, data, and analysis, is migrating its IT infrastructure supporting imagery production and storage, as well as satellite flight operations, to AWS with plans to close its commercial data centers within four years. DigitalGlobe has utilized AWS Snowmobile to move its 100PB image archive to the cloud. DigitalGlobe built its Geospatial Big Data platform, GBDX, natively on AWS. GBDX utilizes the image archive and combines geospatial big data and analytic tools, partner and customer data and tools, and dynamic cloud compute, all together in one place. This session will explore cost optimization for data management on AWS, showing various storage tiers and data import opportunities. We will focus on cost optimal usage of Amazon S3, S3-IA, Glacier, Snowball Edge and Snowmobile – balancing imagery access time with storage costs. Hear how DigitalGlobe utilized some of the newest features of the AWS platform to minimize their costs from storage.


  • Jay Littlepage, Vice President, Infrastructure and Operations, DigitalGlobe
  • Allison Hull, Service Management, DigitalGlobe

Amazon Web Services provides on-demand computing resources and services in the cloud, with pay-as-you-go pricing. This session provides an overview and describes how using AWS resources instead of your own is like purchasing electricity from a power company instead of running your own generator. Using AWS resources provides many of the same benefits as a public utility: Capacity exactly matches your need, you pay only for what you use, economies of scale result in lower costs, and the service is provided by a vendor experienced in running large-scale networks. A high-level overview of AWS’s infrastructure (such as AWS Regions and Availability Zones) and AWS services is provided as part of this session. Since 2008, AWS has grown from a handful of IaaS services to platform of 80+ IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services. Come to this session to get a handle on what AWS is today. Learn what AWS is doing to help customers consume AWS capabilities at the rate that AWS innovates.


  • Dustin Sell, SA Academy Manager, Amazon Web Services
  • Mark Smith, Solutions Architect Manager, Amazon Web Services

This session walks you through a hypothetical incident response on AWS. Learn how to apply existing practices as well as how to leverage the unique visibility, control, and automation the cloud provides. We will cover how to set up your AWS environment to prevent a security event and how to build a cloud-specific incident response plan so your organization is prepared before an event occurs. This session also covers specific environment recovery steps available on AWS.


  • Jim Caggy, Manager Solutions Architecture, Amazon Web Services;
  • Jim Jennis, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Organizations around the world are facing a "data tsunami" as next-generation sensors produce enormous volumes of Earth observation data. Come learn how NASA and the Ocean Conservancy are leveraging AWS to efficiently work with data and computing resources at massive scales. NASA is transforming its Earth Sciences EOSDIS (Earth Observing System Data Information System) program by moving data processing and archiving to the cloud. NASA anticipates that their Data Archives will grow from 16PB today to over 400PB by 2023 and 1 Exabyte by 2030, and are moving to the cloud in order to scale their operations for this new paradigm.The Ocean Conservancy has partnered with the Oxford and an interdisciplinary team of expert advisors (Andreesen Horowitz, Goldman Sachs and several top universities around the world) to develop a new type of model to study complex systems dynamics in ocean-climate change. Come learn how the Ocean Systems Interactions, Risks, Instabilities and Synergies (OSIRIS) Project is leveraging AWS technologies to protect our oceans by applying methodology that has been effective in improving predictions for the economy and data networks.


  • Jed Sundwall, Lead, Open Data Program, Amazon Web Services
  • Kevin Murphy, Earth Science Data Systems Program Executive, NASA
  • Dr. Richard Bailey, Director of the School of Geography and the Environment Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Oxford 

VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware's enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center software to Amazon's public cloud, delivered as an on-demand, elastically scalable, cloud-based VMware sold, operated, and supported service for any application and optimized for next-generation, elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure. This solution enables customers to use a common set of software and tools to manage both their AWS-based and on-premises vSphere resources consistently. Further virtual machines in this environment have seamless access to the broad range of AWS services as well. This session will introduce this new service and examine some of the use cases, benefits, and go to market approaches of the service. The session will also include an overview of the underlying AWS architecture, key enabling services, and a discussion of the feature and capabilities roadmap.


  • Paul Bockelman, Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

The Services and Offerings track provides an overview of an area new to your business with the foundational sessions or you can dive deep on a particular technology with the advanced sessions. Whether you choose an introduction session or a deep dive, you will learn tips and tricks from subject matter experts on various AWS services and offerings that can help accelerate your mission. Additionally, you will hear about the latest services offered by AWS and innovations to existing services.

The DevOps track is targeted at developers, systems administrators, and operators as well as DevOps engineers. These sessions will provide deep technical coverage of services including AWS OpsWorks, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CloudFormation, and AWS CodeDeploy. Sessions will feature demos, code samples, and real-world customer use cases focused on application deployment, continuous integration, infrastructure as code, and automation.

Public sector customers’ workloads often must operate in a manner that meets the requirements of compliance regimes such as FISMA/FedRAMP, and CJIS. These regimes provide a security framework and, often, a set of security controls that must be provably met in order to operate in any location, whether on-premises or in the cloud. This track will help understand how the AWS Cloud and AWS services are not only able to meet your compliance requirements, but make it easier to start and stay in compliance. Topics will include: Using AWS to Meet Requirements for HIPAA, FERPA and CJIS, Federal compliance updates, and how continuous monitoring is provided to our customers.

Big data is being used to transform businesses, increase efficiency, and drive innovation. The AWS Cloud has a comprehensive portfolio of analytics services to help you process data of any volume and automate how you put that data to work for your organization. Sessions on the Big Data & Analytics track will provide best practices, architectural design patterns, and in-depth discussions of Hadoop, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Kinesis, and a variety of other data services to take your analytics to the next level.

Cloud enables many benefits for organizations of all sizes. Adopting cloud is a journey, requiring a thoughtful strategy to optimize the benefits enabled by cloud. This track is for anyone interested in key considerations in technology, people, process, and business to enable organizations to build a strategy for successful cloud adoption. We will explore how to select projects for the cloud, how to improve economics, how to plan and execute migrations, and how to manage change in large-scale IT transformations to cloud. Hear key lessons learned and best practices from successful cloud journeys, presented by both customers and experts from AWS.

Enterprises require that mission-critical business applications are up and running 24x7. Many organizations today are building applications in the cloud to optimize stakeholder impact and efficiency. Whether the application is running in the cloud or in a traditional on-prem data center, the requirements are the same: availability, agility, and flexibility. If you are interested in understanding how to get started with AWS Enterprise Applications or looking to dive deep on Amazon Workspaces, Amazon WorkMail, Amazon WorkDocs, customer examples, and how to run Oracle at Scale on AWS, then this track is for you.

It’s important to understand what you can do to help secure your AWS resources. The Security Tech Track will provide you with the latest information about security-related AWS capabilities, and how to tailor them to meet your business objectives and security needs. Sessions will cover themes including security architecture and operational security, meeting your security requirements using AWS services, and deeper dives in the areas of identity and access management, pervasive encryption, and network security. Sessions will be led by Amazon staff, AWS partners, and customers like you who have leveraged AWS’s secure platform to build business-critical services and appliances. Topics will include: Getting Started with AWS Security, Deep Dives around encryption options, identity and access management and network security with VPC and VPN tools, DevSec Ops, and a Security innovation roundtable.

Government, education, and nonprofits around the world are using the cloud to reach new horizons and drive impact. Faced with pressure to innovate within fixed or shrinking budgets while meeting aggressive timelines, they are turning to AWS to provide cost-effective scalable, secure, and flexible infrastructure necessary to make a difference. This track will feature customers and partners in panels, presentations, lighting talks, and fireside chats that provide examples of how they’ve used the cloud to maximize innovations.

The pace of innovation in apps for mobile and connected devices isn’t slowing down any time soon. Whether you are an Internet of Things (IoT) solution builder working on new solutions, a mobile developer topping the charts in the app store, or an organization trying to deploy mobile and connected solutions, the cloud is a critical part of your solution, enabling you to build fast and scale easily. These sessions will help you understand AWS's latest portfolio including Internet of Things (IoT) service, mobile-optimized services, as well as ways to leverage the full power of the AWS Cloud platform. We’ll feature examples from customers that are using AWS to power their connected solutions so they can share best practices and lessons learned.

While cloud computing can radically simplify the IT operations in government, it can be tricky to determine the right procurement strategy to get to that result. In this track, AWS procurement experts will join partners and customers to discuss the strategies and resources for ensuring a procurement is “cloud-friendly”. It will also include an overview of existing cloud contracts (i.e. cooperative contracts and GWACs), procurement strategies, how to pursue a position on a contract vehicle, and how to choose the right vehicle for your procurement. 

The Spotlight track will feature speakers from AWS leadership, cloud engineering, and other visionaries in the industry. Sessions will cover hot topics that span a variety of AWS services and will be sure to interest expert customers and new customers alike.

With services like AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon Kinesis, you can build and run applications and services without having to manage infrastructure.  By leveraging these fully managed AWS services, organizations can increase developer productivity while continuously scaling to meet demand. This track will explore “serverless” architectures by showcasing best practices and customer use cases.