Join us for more than 100 learning opportunities on topics, such as DevOps, security, governance and compliance, digital transformation, research and scientific computing, new app models, and more. Dive into AWS solutions in multiple formats including services intros, new service deep dives, and tech talks.


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.

John G. Edwards, Chief Information Officer, CIA

John Edwards was selected as Director, Information Technology Enterprise and CIA Chief Information Officer in February 2016. John brings a powerful combination of Intelligence Community and private sector experience that has positioned him to help lead CIA’s digital transformation, including the optimization of the Agency’s digital mission architecture and applications. John’s experience leading private sector solutions for the Intelligence Community rides on more than twenty years of experience at CIA, including overseas technical operations and engineering support and several years in senior assignments, where he played key roles in implementing CIA’s strategic and operational priorities and earned formal commendations for his performance.

Craig Fox, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office

With a strong public service history in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Craig Fox is a leader focused on embracing disruption to drive change and deliver outcomes. Craig has driven significant reform within the ATO’s information technology services to deliver considerably enhanced solutions, supporting an improved staff and client experience. A key feature of Craig’s leadership is to ensure that any IT transformation is aligned and supports broader business transformation. Craig’s work in developing and driving the ATO move to contemporary IT platforms and services, most notably through the cloud, has ensured the ATO is supporting broader digital transformation.

Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President, California Polytechnic State University

Jeffrey D. Armstrong began his tenure as Cal Poly's ninth permanent president with a determination to enhance the university's renowned Learn by Doing teaching approach. He brings to his role a rich blend of experience as an honored teacher, respected researcher, and experienced administrator. At Cal Poly, he has focused on improving graduation rates. To further bolster student success, he has sought to expand university-industry partnerships to attract more applied research to the campus, thus increasing professional development experiences for faculty which, in turn, enriches classroom instruction. As a first-generation college graduate, Dr. Armstrong is particularly passionate about nurturing a campus climate that embraces inclusivity and diversity.

Dr. William Ballhaus, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Blackboard

As Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Blackboard, Bill Ballhaus is deeply committed to leveraging Blackboard’s innovative technologies and services in order to partner with the global education community and enable student and institutional success. Blackboard’s core values of integrity, excellence, innovation and accountability resonate deeply with Bill. As a third-generation aerospace engineer, he learned early on the importance of leading with absolute integrity, without fear of failure, and with a focus on solving customers’ toughest challenges. At Blackboard, these values translate into helping learners, educators, institutions and companies thrive in a complex and changing environment.

Andreas Merkl, President, Ocean Conservancy

Andreas Merkl is the President of Ocean Conservancy, which educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Andreas leads the organization’s efforts to tackle the ocean’s biggest challenges with science-based solutions. With a background in environmental science, resource economics and business, Andreas is particularly interested in determining the ocean’s rightful role in answering the central question of our time: how to meet the enormous resource demands of a rapidly growing global population without destroying the natural systems that sustain us.

Jessica Kahn

Jessica Kahn serves as the Director of the Data and Systems Group (DSG) in the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS. The Data and Systems Group is responsible for the IT systems, technology and data that CMS funds in the US states, Territories and the District of Columbia’s state Medicaid agencies. DSG is the agency lead for the Medicaid and CHIP Business Information Solutions (MACBIS) project, which includes T-MSIS, which is the largest and most comprehensive Medicaid data set; MACPro, a new state-facing system to automate CMS/state operational transactions, the federal Medicaid Pharmacy Rebate system and a host of other systems that support the Medicaid and CHIP Programs. In addition DSG’s portfolio includes shaping and implementing the agency’s efforts on state Medicaid/CHIP eligibility system modernization and integration with Insurance Marketplaces as well as human services programs; Health Information Technology (HIT/E), Medicaid Management Information Systems; and a growing emphasis on improving Medicaid IT development and system deployment practices. DSG also leads Medicaid data and analytics activities to support delivery system reform, program evaluation and oversight activities.

om Read, Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO), Ministry of Justice UK

Tom Read is Chief Digital and Information Officer at the UK Ministry of Justice, responsible for digital transformation of internal and citizen-facing services. Tom is also responsible for the delivery of new, modern technology to the 70,000 staff working across prisons, courts and other sites. Tom has been in government since 2013 holding several roles including Technology Transformation Director at the Government Digital Service (GDS), and Chief Technology Officer at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Prior to joining government, Tom spent six years at Guardian News & Media, and five years in financial services. Tom holds a masters degree in Computer Science, and a passion for creating diverse and innovative teams. 

Organizations around the world are facing a "data tsunami" as next-generation sensors produce enormous volumes of Earth observation data. Come learn how NASA is 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 they are moving to the cloud in order to scale their operations for this new paradigm.

· Jed Sundwall - Lead Open Data Program, Amazon Web Services
· Kevin Murphy - Earth Science Data Systems Program Executive, NASA

This panel will discuss the evolution of smart cities including the tech and policy impediments, bright spots, and lessons learned. MetroLab is an NPO leading 38 cities and 50+ universities to establish city-university partnerships that serve as innovation engines in city government and urban infrastructure. NIST GCTC encourages collaboration and development of IoT solutions in 150 cities from around the world. Among US cities, Seattle is focused on becoming 'smarter' with its membership in MetroLab and rising influence in the smart city landscape.

· Sri Elaprolu, Senior Manager WWPS IoT Practice, Amazon Web Services
· Ben Levine, Executive Director, MetroLab
· Sokwoo Rhee, Associate Director, Cyber Physical Systems Program, NIST GCTC
· Michael Mattmiller, CTO, City of Seattle

A hallmark of the public sector is they tend to be limited in staff and resources. One way that governments, education and nonprofits have extended their reach and accelerated their mission is by working with innovative technology companies who can become extensions of their mission focus. Come hear about three unique examples of how these organizations are innovating for public good.

· Todd Gagorik, Senior Manager SA, Amazon Web Services
· Kevin Merritt, CEO, Socrata
· Chris Doten, CIO, National Democratic Institute
· Tim Smith, Co-Founder & CTO, Eduphoria

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 DeBrandt, Senior Manager, Global Capture, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Jane Lacy, Senior Manager, Emerging Partners, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Anthony Kelly, Senior Writer, 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 Amazon 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

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