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Dr. Werner Vogels is Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com 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.

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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.


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.