GameDay

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm


Do you have what it takes to securely scale an application to meet the demands of the connected world, while battling threats from both inside and outside of your company? Can you keep a cloud-based workload running through extreme traffic spikes and outright attacks with little input from the people who built it the first time?

If so, join us for the AWS GameDay competition and show off your scale compute skills at re:Invent! Not quite so confident in your abilities? No worries, sign up and learn tips and tricks from AWS resources and your teammates along the way!

We are no longer have spots available for GameDay, but we request that you please join our waitlist.


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A Digital Adventure

Join us in a digital adventure through the high pressure and high stakes game of a lifetime, as you and a team take on explosive traffic growth, threats both internal and external, and the challenge of working as a team to keep your infrastructure online and your customers happy.


The Adventure

It is your first day as a DevOps engineer for a game-changing startup about to come out of stealth mode and make the world a better place. You are a little nervous stepping into this role, as the entire team is new to the company, but the infrastructure is stable, the app just went 1.0, and this is a great opportunity to really leave your mark on something.

That is, until the traffic to the site kicks up and you see exactly where things start to stress and snap.

This would not be such a big deal if the lead engineer on the project had not just left the company to pursue a new digital currency venture based on the generation of cat memes. Minimal documentation, minimal communication with the previous DevOps team, and a large media event scheduled for later in the day. No sweat.


Earn Points and Win Prizes

In this intense, full-day competition, you and your team will earn points by maximizing performance, minimizing downtime, and managing unpredictable variables from forces both outside and inside the company.

To pull ahead of the pack, you will need to secure and optimize your platform using the features and services AWS has to offer, along with the unique skills and expertise you bring to the table.

There will be awards for the most requests answered, the most efficient infrastructure, and most innovative approach to the challenge.


Take Ownership of an Initial Architecture

AWS GameDay puts individuals into teams who will take ownership of an initial architecture and evolve it into a high-performing machine that is able to react to any situation that is thrown at it. Go through your own personal GameDay as you learn how to deal with scaling out infrastructure, implementing high availability design, system monitoring and alerting, and crisis management.


Keep Yourself Atop the Leaderboard

Throughout the day you will evolve your initial infrastructure into one that will continue to perform as various roadblocks are put in front of you. Use your knowledge of AWS services, or learn as you go, as you keep your infrastructure performing as optimally as possible in order to build up points for your team and keep yourself atop the leaderboard.


Now Open for Registration:
AWS GameDay!

GameDay is open to anyone with an AWS re:Invent conference pass, but signups are limited to the first 250 players. Experience with AWS is highly recommended. Food and beverages will be offered throughout the day.

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Agenda

10:00am
Welcome to GameDay! Basic orientation.
10:30am
Your first day on the job, let's get settled.
11:45am
Your app has been discovered!

Traffic increases and so does the challenge of running the infrastructure.

12:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm
Code push. No biggie...
2:30pm
National attention for your app!

Let the good times (and spiking traffic) roll!

3:00pm
An exercise in dealing with system failures.
4:30pm
Snack break
5:30pm
Wrap up and awards

FAQ

What is AWS GameDay?

AWS GameDay is a hands-on competition that builds teams who will take ownership of an initial architecture and evolve it into a high-performing machine that is able to react to any situation that is thrown at it. Go through your own personal GameDay as you learn how to deal with scaling out infrastructure, implementing high availability design, system monitoring and alerting, and crisis management.

Throughout the day you will evolve your initial infrastructure into one that will continue to perform as various roadblocks are put in front of you. Use your knowledge of AWS services, or learn as you go, as you keep your infrastructure performing as optimally as possible in order to build up points for your team and keep yourself atop the leaderboard.


I’ve already registered for re:Invent, how do I register for GameDay waitlist?

You simply need to log back into your re:Invent account and add the GameDay waitlist to your schedule. We will notify those on the waitlist in the weeks before or on the day of the event as spots become available.



Do I need to bring a laptop?

Yes! Please bring whatever computer you are most comfortable with.


Do I need a team, or will I be assigned to one?

We will be breaking everyone into teams after they arrive. No need to bring your own.


Do I need to be a DevOps Ninja to participate in / have fun at AWS GameDay?

Having some skill in the DevOps space will probably increase your chance of winning, but is not required. We will have AWS staff available to assist teams who may need a helping hand.


Can I sign up onsite?

Yes! There are often players who cannot attend after registering, and we will be accepting standby players on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event. Please join our GameDay waitlist in order to be prioritized.