AWS re:Invent 2020 Guide — How to Make The Most of The Virtual Event

It’s time to start thinking about AWS re:Invent 2020! Since 2012, AWS re:Invent has been one of the biggest cloud conferences every year — last year they drew over 60,000 attendees from around the world. Like many other big events, such as Google Cloud Next and Microsoft Ignite, re:Invent is going to look a little different this year. Over the course of three weeks (November 30 — December 18), AWS will be showing keynotes, launches and sessions — the best part is that it’s free to attend this year.

How to Maximize Your Digital Experience

Every year there’s an unofficial listing of AWS and Vendor parties that are going on at re:Invent, while they obviously won’t be happening in person this year, we can expect there to be some watch parties and online events to look out for. Follow @reInventParties on twitter or check out their website to stay up to date on all the events.

Although planning your schedule will look different this year, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make a schedule — block out some time on your calendar in advance to allocate enough time for the event. Once dates and times have been announced for keynote speakers and sessions, we recommend putting them into your calendar for a clean visual of your day, and reminders. With 3 weeks’ worth of events, it will certainly take some time to determine which sessions you are most interested in. We’ll keep this article updated once there is more information about the schedule and whether some of the tools like this one from Carlos E Silva will be available to help navigate the scheduler.

What Will Sponsor “Booths” Look Like This Year?

On that note, AWS is offering sponsor booths for past sponsors, and their materials offer a glimpse into the as-yet-unclear format of the conference, with mentions of virtual meeting rooms and attendee chats. It remains to be seen how much participation we’ll see overall in these. They seem to have a few special events in mind, which we’ll share here once there’s more information.

Look Forward to the Announcements

Last year at re:Invent, AWS announced the launch of a bunch of services and additional services that were in preview — lookout for the announcements this year! Although this isn’t your typical re:Invent experience, this virtual platform will be able to engage individuals like never before. AWS is anticipating more than 250,000 attendees during AWS re:Invent 2020.

Keep up with updates as the event gets closer: https://reinvent.awsevents.com/

While we excitedly await more information to be posted about the speakers and events for this year’s conference, you can always watch the recap of re:Invent 2019 in the meantime.

Originally published at www.parkmycloud.com on September 8, 2020.

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