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AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is always THE event in cloud. As 2021 draws to a close, what path will AWS set the cloud on. What new services, features, and tools will builders get to create with?

That’s a key question and not one easily answered. This page will be the home base for all my activities and content related to AWS re:Invent 2021. The conference runs 29-Nov—03-Dec, 2021 in Las Vegas and (a little bit) online.

The show itself always has a ton of new content but AWS does a great job of releasing new features, functionality, and content leading up to the show as well.

Check back often for updates!


The Ultimate Guide

Every year I write a guide to help people get the most out of AWS re:Invent. This year is no exception. A big thanks to A Cloud Guru for hosting the guide again this year.

You can find it here, “The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2021

If you’re interested in a bit of history, here are my previous guides:

Hero Guide

I’ve written an official session guide for the last few AWS re:Invents (and re:Inforce!) that helps builders focus on sessions around security. This year is no different.

You can read the guide here on my site or download the official PDF.

What I’m Up To

Sadly, I won’t be attending in person this year. This will be the first re:Invent that I’m missing 😔.

Thankfully, I’ll be attending remotely and that will actually allow me to deliver more content throughout the week. It’s a lot easier to write/share/record/test when you are running from session to session.

As usually, I’ll be tracking all of the announcements that AWS makes leading up to, during, and shortly after the show. You can view those announcements and my take on the bigger ones.

I’ll be doing a webinar with a few of the other AWS Heroes ahead of re:Invent as well. That webinar is hosted by A Cloud Guru 👇.

Attending Remotely

Now that we have more information (finally) on what is available remotely, I’ve created a post dedicated to remote attendance. That’ll make it easier to focus on what’s accessible from afar.

Streaming Calendar

Here’s a time zone adjustable, subscribe-able calendar for the sessions that are live streaming. Remember to make sure that it’s displaying the week of November 28th to December 4th.

If you want to subscribe to the calendar, just click on the RSS subscription icon ))) in the top right.

…and again, remember timing may change for these broadcasts. Double check the official site if you absolutely must see something live.

AWS Whitepapers

AWS has published a lot of whitepapers. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked, mainly because I honestly think that people don’t know they exist.

This week, I set out to do a Twitter thread per day that was a mini-review of a specific AWS whitepaper. Here are the papers I reviewed;

Amazon Builder’s Library

The Amazon Builder’s Library was launched in December of 2019 at AWS re:Invent.

The library aims to host deeper dives into specific technology challenges. Where the whitepapers provide a high level overview of a space, papers in the library try to provide a comprehensive description of a problem space.

I again took to Twitter (where I’m @marknca) to provide some mini-reviews:

AWS Labs Code Repos

AWS Labs has a large number (over 600!) code repositories up on GitHub under /awslabs. Not all of them are still active, as they’ve been replaced by in-service functionality or entirely new services.

But there are still gems out there. Here are some of my favourites:

AWS Well-Architected Framework

The AWS Well-Architected Framework is a fantastic guide to help you build a practice on key principles to build better in the cloud. The framework is built on five pillars;