13 Tips for Surviving AWS Reinvent 2019

AWS Reinvent is a huge show, so I thought I’d put together this survival guide to help you get the most out of it. Let’s dive in, starting with the basics…

What is AWS re:Invent? AWS re:Invent is the leading conference for Amazon Web Services users, customers, and partners. re:Invent one of the largest cloud computing conferences in the world, with over 60,000 attendees, 2500 technical sessions, training and certification, partner exhibits, parties and more.

Where is AWS re:Invent being held? AWS Reinvent is being held in six different venues: ARIA, Bellagio, Encore at Wynn, MGM, Mirage, and The Venetian. This is much more spread out than most conferences, even past editions of Reinvent, so you’ll want to plan your transportation between events. Thankfully, Amazon has put together this handy Reinvent guide to getting around.

Where to get your AWS re:Invent badge? You can get your re:Invent page at The Venetian, ideally as early as possible on Sunday. Badge pickup starts at 9 am on Sunday.

Does AWS re:Invent have livestreams? Yes, AWS is livestreaming the keynotes, which you can view here. That’s especially handy because the keynotes are fully booked last I checked.

Where to get the AWS re:Invent mobile app? You can get the AWS re:Invent mobile app for iOS and Android at this page. It’s pretty handy for reserving seats at sessions, finding your sessions and more.

How to find AWS re:Invent on Instagram? The official AWS Instagram account is @amazonwebservices and people tend to use the #awsreinvent hashtag. (The #reinvent hashtag isn’t all that relevant to AWS.)

How to find AWS re:Invent on Twitter? The official AWS re:Invent Twitter account is @awsreinvent and people use the #reinvent and #awsreinvent hashtags.

Where is the list of AWS re:Invent sessions? The AWS re:Invent session catalog is here. Thankfully AWS has provided lots of ways to filter so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for. For instance, here are all their time series sessions, as well as their IoT sessions.

How to pick which re:Invent sessions to attend? AWS has put together this collection of guides for people interested in DevOps, cloud development, containers, and more:

How do I reserve a seat at a re:Invent session? Reserve your seat at AWS re:Invent sessions here, at the session catalog. However, make sure you get to your session 10 minutes before it starts; if you don’t, it will be released and you’ll be out of luck.

Can I drop in to a re:Invent session? Yes, you can stand in the walk-up line for a Reinvent session. Only 75% of seats in each AWS re:Invent session are available to reserve through the session catalog. The other 25% of seats are held back for folks who walk up to the session at the conference. There are often lines for the popular sessions, so arrive early to improve your chances.

Is there a list of AWS re:Invent parties? The most complete list of AWS re:Invent parties is this page on conferenceaparties.com which is also on Twitter at @reinventparties. Most parties require that you RSVP, and some have already filled up, so get your reservations in soon.

Where can I find more tips on AWS re:Invent? This guide to AWS Reinvent contains plenty more tips that you can dive into.

Where can I watch re:Invent videos? AWS has published re:Invent videos on the AWS YouTube page, and I’m guessing they’ll do so again this year.

There you go! Have a safe trip to Vegas, and let me know what tips I’m missing.

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