re:Invent Guide: Machine Learning


Machine Learning Hero

As an AWS ML Hero, I firmly believe that machine learning is the next wave of transformative technology that will change life in unimaginable ways. I’ve helped many developers find their path to machine learning using AWS.

I’m super excited that re:Invent 2019 is almost here! As you plan your agenda, there are several exciting machine learning breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, deep-dive chalk talks, and more, designed for developers, data scientists, executives, and business professionals looking to better understand the technology and quickly bring new ideas to life. I’m happy to see a We Power Tech session on bias in machine learning, as bias is undoubtedly a hot topic as machine learning becomes more widespread and pervasive!

This re:Invent guide will give you all the information you need to maximize the time you spend leveling up your machine learning skills.

Recommended Sessions

Here are a few exciting sessions from this year’s lineup to help you plan your event agenda.

ML for Newbies

If you’re new to machine learning, here are some sessions to get you started with foundational concepts and how the technology can be applied in the real world.


Get started with AWS DeepRacer ›

Start your ML race engines in this AWS DeepRacer hands-on workshop geared toward developers with no prior machine learning experience. You’ll learn how to train a reinforcement learning model and race it around the track!


How to successfully become a machine learning developer ›

Alexander Schultz and I will be leading this chalk talk to discuss how we used Amazon SageMaker to level up our machine learning skills from zero to practitioner. This chalk talk is perfect for developers that are new to machine learning.


Build a hotel recommender using Amazon Personalize—no ML skills needed ›

In this chalk talk, Antonio Rodriguez and Pavlos Mitsoulis Ntompos will highlight Amazon Personalize, which allows developers to integrate individualized recommendations for customers using their applications. Antonio and Pavlos will discuss how to build a state-of-the-art recommendation engine.


Take AI/ML from theory to practice with Intel technologies on AWS ›

In this breakout session, Intel highlights practical steps for rapidly training, deploying, and operationalizing machine learning applications on AWS. If you’re new to AWS ML services, this session is for you.

ML for Executives and Business Professionals

If you’re an executive or business professional, here are some sessions to help you understand how machine learning can be used to solve business problems, create new insights, enable new efficiencies, or make more accurate predictions.


Starting the enterprise machine learning journey, featuring ProSieben ›

This can’t-miss breakout session will show you how to identify business problems that can be solved with machine learning and how to successfully plan and execute your first machine learning project.


Leadership session: Machine learning ›

In this breakout session, Swami Sivasubramanian will take leaders through the growth of AWS Cloud services that have helped to democratize machine learning. You’ll walk away understanding how easy it is to move from idea to production using AWS.


Discovering the value of a cloud data platform ›

Discover Financial Services and Accenture discuss how they partnered to move Discover from an on-premises data center to the cloud. You’ll hear about their journey and lessons learned along the way. If you’re considering migrating to the cloud, this is the breakout session for you.


ML in retail: Solutions that add intelligence to your business ›

If you’re in retail, this is the breakout session for you! Samir Araujo and Ben Thurgood will talk about how machine learning can transform retail with personalized product recommendations, inventory forecasting, new in-store experiences, and more.


Transform the way you search and interact with enterprise data using AI ›

Do you care about helping your customers or business users find the information they need? In this breakout session, you’ll learn how to use natural language processing, a machine learning technique, to interact with enterprise data.

ML for Engineers, Architects, and Data Scientists

If you’re a developer looking to transition to machine learning; a data scientist wanting to learn how to build, train, and deploy sophisticated models using AWS; or you simply want to leverage machine learning services to make your systems smarter, here are a few sessions for you.


Take an ML from idea to production using Amazon SageMaker ›

In this can’t-miss workshop, you will use Amazon SageMaker to build a highly accurate text-classification model. You’ll get hands-on with deep-learning frameworks while using a “bring your own algorithm” approach. You’ll even learn how to deploy and host your model, showing the true flexibility of Amazon SageMaker.


Build a hands-free chatbot with AWS services ›

In this session, you will get hands-on with multiple AWS services to build a chatbot. You’ll also learn how to integrate Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Lex, Amazon Polly, and Amazon Sumerian!


Worker safety with AWS DeepLens and Amazon Rekognition ›

Combining AWS DeepLens and Amazon Rekognition allows you to build a system that has a visual understanding of the world around it. In this session, you’ll go through the process of building a system to keep workers safe using computer vision.


Build accurate training datasets with Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth ›

A machine learning model is useless without good data to learn from. In this session, Vikram Madan will show you how Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth uses active learning to speed up the data labeling process.


Amazon SageMaker: Use prebuilt Jupyter notebooks ›

In this advanced session, you’ll learn how to move your existing Jupyter notebook to Amazon SageMaker. You’ll also learn how to automate operations and migrate your code to built-in algorithms and frameworks. You’ll be training and deploying machine learning models at scale in no time!


Under the hood of AWS DeepRacer: Advanced RL driving course ›

If you’re an advanced machine learning developer looking to learn more about reinforcement learning, this is the workshop for you! Sunil Mallya and Sahika Genc will teach you advanced concepts using AWS DeepRacer and Amazon SageMaker.


We Power Tech: Bias in AI/ML ›

One session that I will not miss is one devoted to addressing bias in machine learning, which has been given a lot of press lately due to the negative consequences of it. In some ways, “bad” bias can limit a machine learning model’s ability to adequately do the job it was designed to do and can even cause the public to lose overall trust in the technology. This session by We Power Tech shouldn’t be missed.

The goal of We Power Tech is to ensure that tech is accessible, flexible, and inclusive. In this can’t-miss session, Prem Natarajan, Nashlie Sephus, and Nicol Turner Lee discuss how machines inherit human bias and how bias affects facial recognition, self-driving cars, and customer service systems and outcomes.


re:Invent 2019 has a lot of sessions that will help you along your machine learning journey. I look forward to connecting with you at re:Invent during one of my sessions or just in passing. See you there!

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