Hackathons and Jams


What Are Hackathons and Jams?

Hacks and jams are highly gamified sessions where participants complete tasks that challenge and educate them on the use of a wide range of AWS services. Each event provides fun, action-packed challenges that you tackle as part of a team.

We provide access to the required AWS infrastructure. Your task is to find the best solution or answer while learning and experimenting with a diverse set of AWS services and varied use cases. All you need is a laptop. No specific domain knowledge is required, but we recommend that you have foundational knowledge of AWS products and services.

You can reserve seats in our hacks and jams when reserved seating opens for all other content.

Non-Profit Hackathon for Good Mixer

6:00PM – 9:00PM

Join our meet-and-greet mixer! Build your hackathon team, and meet with AWS solutions architects to prepare for the Non-Profit Hackathon for Good. Be sure to reserve your seat in the hackathon.


Tuesday, Dec. 3

Session 1: 7:45AM – 12:15PM

Session 2: 1:45PM – 6:15PM

Venue: MGM Grand

Back with a brand new version, AWS GameDay is a simulation exercise that challenges your AWS skills with deploying, maintaining, and scaling an application in the face of changes and threats from both inside and outside your organization. Participants are given live AWS accounts and can expect a fully hands-on and gamified experience.

Unicorn.Rentals, provider of mythical creatures and dominator of the Legendary Animal Rental Market, is hosting another new hire orientation. We are seeking the elite to help us grow and scale our systems. Expect to put your machine learning skills to the test in efficiently processing high volumes of data so we can better understand our market and our customers. You’ll need to manage unpredictable feature releases, traffic fluctuations, and much more. Earn points by keeping your applications running, the requests flowing, and your customers happy.

GameDay is suitable for anyone with AWS experience. Whether you’re a developer, a solutions architect, or a DevOps practitioner, there’s something for everyone. It’s open-ended, so you can solve problems in a variety of ways. You’ll have to communicate well with your team, prioritize your actions, and execute your plans to win the day. And did we mention unicorn-themed prizes for top finishers?

New Relic

Sustainability Hackathon

1:00PM – 5:00PM

Code Green invites builders interested in sustainability to hack on Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) datasets. Individuals or teams of 2–5 people can use these datasets to work on original projects during the course of re:Invent and then present demos on Thursday at the end of the hackathon.

Any ASDI dataset can be used, but we especially encourage entrants to check out the weather and climate datasets. Building APIs or visualization tools, combining datasets to create something new—it’s all fair game. Or surprise us! Entries should be open-sourced and submitted as GitHub repositories.

Want to get your feet wet without competing? No problem. A workshop focusing on ASDI weather and climate data will run concurrently during the event, and facilitators will be available to help anyone participating in either a hack entry or the workshop.

Code Green will purchase carbon offsets to cover travel to re:Invent for all registered hackathon participants, and hack winner(s) will receive free passes to re:Invent 2020.

The real winner? Earth, of course.

Non-Profit Hackathon for Good

10:00AM – 8:00PM (Doors open at 9:00AM)

The Non-Profit Hackathon for Good provides a hands-on and team-oriented experience while supporting non-profit organizations. Your team will use AWS products and services to build solutions to pressing real-world challenges. This is a great way for you to gain AWS experience in a hackathon environment, where developers apply their skills during an all-day coding event for social good and win fun prizes. It is open to all skill levels. Be sure to reserve your seat in the hackathon and attend our mixer to build your team.

Benefitting the following organizations: Best Friends Animal Society, SkyTruth, Urban Institute, Vibrant.


Security Jam

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Session 1: 8:30AM – 12:30PM

Session 2: 2:30PM – 6:30PM

Venue: MGM Grand

AWS releases over a thousand new features and services each year. Do you know how those impact your security and risk programs? Have you used them to practice hardening environments and/or responding to security incidents?

The Security Jam is a fun, interactive, hands-on event that allows individuals with different skill levels to work in teams and respond to a set of simulated security incidents within workloads running on AWS. As the challenges develop, you will take the initial infrastructure that we provide and improve it into a resilient and secure deployment. We will provide all new challenges for you to test your knowledge of AWS services and information security.

This is an opportunity to leverage a wide range of AWS services, with a focus on using the cloud to protect the workloads running within it. If you get excited about securing your workloads, come and challenge your skill set while learning new techniques.

ExtraHop Networks  Fortinet Networks  Trend Micro

Jam Lounge

Venue: Venetian

Join us for a week-long jam! AWS will provide environments and scenarios where you can learn new hands-on skills and practice current ones in the following areas:

  • Security – Can you identify what caused the blues and what would you do differently?
  • All-In – How would you migrate services onto AWS or set up a CI/CD pipeline?
  • Data Analytics – How would you use the latest tools and services to identify the right data to solve a problem?

Take part in our jam to find out the answers! If you get excited about AWS, come challenge your skill set while learning some new techniques and earning prizes!

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