re:Invent Guide: Getting Started With AWS


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AWS introduced over 1,800 new AWS features and services in 2018. To keep up with the rapid pace of innovation, it’s important to master the basics. Make sure to attend these re:Invent sessions to learn about the foundational building blocks and core AWS services to get started!


Recommended Sessions

AWS Cost Management tools for cost & usage optimization ›

Learn the core AWS tools and services used to drive cost optimization, including AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies, AWS Budgets, and Cost Explorer.


Move your first application to the cloud with Amazon Lightsail ›

This session is specifically designed for people who are wondering how to get started with AWS. The workshop is designed to help you deploy a workload into AWS using Lightsail.


Getting started with Kubernetes on AWS ›

Kubernetes is open-source software that allows you to deploy and manage containerized applications at scale. Learn the basics of running Kubernetes in this workshop. Come prepared to build with a laptop. AWS credits are provided!


DevOps essentials: Introductory workshop on CI/CD practices ›

Learn how to effectively leverage various AWS developer services including AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, Jenkins, AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS X-Ray and AWS Cloud9.


Cloud operations engineer: A day in the life ›

This session follows two AWS operations experts throughout their day as they solve real problems in complex, hybrid enterprise environments that include the AWS Cloud. Learn actionable hacks and tricks, and receive practical advice for solving common and uncommon issues.

Machine Learning

Get started with AWS DeepRacer ›

No experience? No problem! Learn how to build and train a reinforcement learning model that you can race on the tracks in the MGM Grand Garden Arena and win special AWS prizes!


How to successfully become a machine learning developer ›

In this chalk talk, learn how to get started building, training, and deploying your first machine learning model. You’ll learn tips, tricks, and best practices for starting your machine learning journey.


Getting started with AWS identity ›

This breakout session covers the practical fundamentals to do identity and authorization right in AWS.


Build a serverless ride-sharing web application ›

Learn how deploy a simple web application that lets users request rides from a fleet of unicorns. The application presents users with an HTML-based user interface for indicating the location where they would like to be picked up and interfaces on the backend with a RESTful web service to submit the request and dispatch a nearby unicorn.


I didn’t know Amazon API Gateway did that ›

This session is an introduction to Amazon API Gateway and provides solid insight into why you should use API Gateway and what it can do.


Get started with AWS Backup ›

Learn how to create backup plans and apply them across your AWS resources with simple tags. This session also covers how to create backup schedules and retention policies.


These sessions will provide you with a great foundation for getting started with AWS. Be sure to take advantage of the social and networking events at re:Invent to connect directly with community—and don’t forget to bring your laptop so you can further explore AWS services with hands-on workshops. Keep being awesome, cloud gurus!

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