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AWS re:Invent 2017 Event Guide – Join Us There!

Posted on November 8, 2017 by ChazWallaceChazWallace

We’re now only 20 days out from one of the most renowned events of the year! You may have heard of it… AWS re:Invent? The largest gathering of the cloud computing community with over 40,000 people attending, 6 campuses, over 1000 technical sessions, hackathons, boot camps, more workshops, and opportunities to get certified. Tickets are selling fast, so get your ticket ASAP! If you can’t make it this year, you can register to view the keynotes each day here.
If you are attending, hopefully you made your schedule and RSVP’d for the popular sessions – they fill up fast. But don’t lose hope just yet! We’ve got an insider tip: if the sessions you want to attend are full, note that they only reserve up to 75% of the seats, so get there early and you may have a chance to be a walk-in.
Of course, that’s not our only tip. Here’s a full list of our recommended activities, hand-picked by our team, for creating unforgettable memories to make the most of your re:Invent experience!


 Hands-On Activities
 Lego Activities – The Quad at the Aria
Mon. 10:00AM-6:30PM, Tues. 8:30AM – 3:00PM, Wed. & Thur. 11:30AM – 6:30PM
Put your childhood engineer/designer skills to the ultimate test! Your childhood dream will come true sitting in a room with over 50,000 Lego pieces at your disposal. Visit the The Quad at the Aria to compete in either the “Lego Great Ball Contraption Build” or “Lego Pinewood Derby Race.”
The Cloud Assessments Challenge – Tuesday Nov. 28th 2:30 PM – 4:30PM
Prove your AWS skills by solving a real-world scenario in live AWS environments. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: “You have been hired at a secret agency and you are responsible for troubleshooting the serverless messaging decoding system. The developer before you configured everything, but when she left, she broke some things. You know there was a new API Gateway configured, but you’re not sure what else could be broken. Once you fix the system, you will need to decode some messages to crack the secret code. Although you will not have to write code, there is a chance you will need to modify some code and use Chrome devtools. Good luck!” Join the Linux Academy & Cloud Assessments team at the Encore hotel in meeting room Chopin 4. The winner will receive a free one-year subscription to Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments, lunch with our CEO, Anthony James, and a massive Linux Academy Penguin! REGISTER HERE
Hands-on Labs –  Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Choose from 100+ topics and learn at your own pace with step-by-step scenarios in a live AWS environment. Labs take 30-60 minutes to complete.  Location: Venetian, Level 2, Venetian D

AWS Traditions & Fun activities!

Midnight Madness! – Sunday, Nov. 26th 10:30PM – 1:00AM
Party with fellow AWS addicts! Join the re:Invent pep rally, full of swag, drinks, snacks, AWS Executives giving their behind-the-scenes take on AWS, the first launch of the week, a champagne toast, a celebrity guest DJ, marching band, and dancing until 1am! Midnight Madness will be at the Venetian Hall B/C and is open to the first 3500 fans only.
4K Run – Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 6:00 AM
Start the conference hitting the ground running…literally. This year, re:Invent has joined forces with a sibling AWS event, the 4K 4Charity Fun Run. The race will start at the Mirage, bright and early at 6AM. Proceeds from re:Invent support Girls Who Code and the American Heart Association. Register for the re:Invent 4K 4Chairty Fun Run at the time of your registration or log in to your account to add the race to your profile. Sign up now and avoid missing out! Be on the lookout for a Linux Academy track suit, as our very own Matt Shaw will be representing for the Linux Academy team. You’ll probably see him at the top of the heat.
Broomball – Tuesday, Nov. 28th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Looking for some friendly competition? Amazon has a company tradition of playing a variation of broomball and soccer at their annual company picnic. Now you get to join in on the fun! Broomball will be played on a grass field with goal lines instead of nets using a large rubber exercise ball. The eight-team tournament takes place during re:Invent’s welcome reception. Sign up your team by emailing
Pub Crawl – Wednesday, Nov. 29 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Network and connect with fellow attendees and sponsors while experiencing some of the top restaurants and bars in Vegas. Not to mention, each pub features drinks and appetizers on the house!
Tatonka Challenge – Wednesday, Nov. 29th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Come hungry! The Tatonka challenge is a quirky Amazon tradition where you test your stomach for a mass consumption of buffalo chicken wings or celery. Each contestant will receive a special t-shirt and bragging rights! This year the challenge will take place at the Venetian and MGM Grand. Pre-register to secure your spot!
Cyclenation Spinning Challenge – Wednesday, Nov. 29th
Get your brain and heart healthy while raising funds to support vital community programs as well as stroke and heart disease research. Each high energy session will be 45 minutes long to get your endorphins flowing. There will be 7 timeslots to allow you to get a workout in at your convenience (7AM, 8AM, 12PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6PM, 7PM). Registration is $35 per rider.

Happy Hours

Monday Happy Hours 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
AWS Media & Entertainment Happy Hour – Venetian, Level 4, Zefferino Restaurant
AWS Financial Services Happy Hour – Venetian, Level 2, Table 10
AWS Game Dev Happy Hour – Venetian Level 4, Sushisamba
AWS Healthcare Happy Hour – Venetian, Level 4, Buddy V’s


The Venetian, Palazzo & Sands Expo (Hub for all shuttles)
Andy Jassy’s Keynote, Expo, Industry Day Workshops, Breakout Sessions, Registration, Help Desk, SWAG!, Storage
Bookable Meeting Spaces (including The Cloud Assessments Challenge)
The Mirage
Bootcamps, Certifications, Certification Exams, Fitness Activities, Registration, Help Desk, SWAG
Registration, Help Desk, Swag, Breakout Sessions
MGM Grand
Werner Vogel’s Keynote, Global Partner Summit, Workshops, Breakout Sessions
Linq Lot
Hackathons, Gameday, Security Jam, re:PLAY PARTY!

Shuttle Service & Walking Times

Be sure to stop by the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments booths #737 & #738. We will hook you up with the “How To Pass AWS Certifications” book and some exclusive SWAG!
Hope to see you there!


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