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

How to Maximize Your Digital Experience

  • 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.
  • Take advantage of the online resources — since the event is virtual this year — and free — you aren’t as limited to what you can attend/do, so make sure you optimize this unique experience.
  • Attend a watch party — virtual watch parties allow you to connect with individuals around the world, helping to supplement what would be the in-person mingling at the actual event. If friends or coworkers are tuning in, create a channel to chat about sessions and announcements. Also, make sure to follow the #reinvent2020 and #reinvent hashtags on Twitter to follow along. Earlier this year for the online AWS Summit there were watch parties so we can expect the same for their biggest event of the year.
  • Look for swag and other offers from sponsors — just because you can’t visit sponsors booths doesn’t mean you can’t get swag or see a product/service. Most sponsors will likely have an online swag/prize giveaway as a creative way to get the audience involved to make up for the loss of time at the conference hall. If there are any vendors you’re interested in, sign up for their mailing lists now or make a Twitter list to keep an eye out for fun (Millenium Falcon lego set) and useful (free product license) offers.
  • Get engaged now — of course, AWS isn’t waiting for late November to offer new product intros, case studies, and best practice guides. Check out the upcoming Tech Talks now.

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