Session Catalog & Reserved Seating

Session Catalog

The re:Invent 2019 Session Catalog Is Now Live!

Check out the 2019 session catalog for a preview of what you will see at re:Invent. We will continue to add to the catalog throughout the next several months, so check back for updates.

2019 Session Catalog

How to Use the Session Catalog

Each year at re:Invent, we bring you over a thousand sessions, chalk talks, workshops, builders sessions, and hackathons that cover AWS core topics and highlight the emerging technologies that we are developing. This year, re:Invent will be no different.

The session catalog contains several levels of tags to help you filter through all the breakout content and find what is most important to you. You will find the broad topics that you are used to, like databases, analytics, machine learning, and storage. Like last year, these topics will be cross-tagged, so if you’re interested in databases and storage, you can do a cross-search in the session catalog.

For the first time, this year we are also creating subtopic tags to help you dive deeper into the broad topics. For example, if you are interested in nonrelational databases, you will be able to filter sessions that specifically address that topic.

We are bringing back additional filters that will help you tailor the session catalog to your needs and interests, including job role, session level, industry, and new to AWS. We will also add venue and day filters once the session schedule is set.

All sessions will be tagged with the various topics, subtopics, and filters, and you will be able to choose the filters that enable you to find the breakout content that is most relevant to your interests.

Repeat, Overflow, and Late-Night Sessions

This year, we will be repeating our most popular sessions in every venue on the campus regardless of topic, giving you the opportunity to attend the sessions that are most important to you. In addition, topics are no longer organized by venue, and you will find all types of breakout content in all five venues: the ARIA, the Bellagio, the MGM Grand, the Mirage, and the Venetian. This provides you with more flexibility to plan your daily schedule.

We are also expanding our session overflow program. All of the most popular sessions will be shown in overflow rooms, both in the venue where they take place and in other venues across the re:Invent campus. These overflow sessions will be available early so that you can plan your day accordingly.

We will also offer late-night sessions, chalk talks, and workshops so that you can maximize the number of breakout sessions that you attend. For your convenience, these late-night sessions will be offered across all topics in select venues on the re:Invent campus.

Reserved Seating

The reserved seating process will return in 2019 so that you can reserve seats in the sessions that are most important to you. Reserved seating opens Oct. 15, 10:00AM PT.

FAQ

How can I learn more about Reserved Seating?
For more information on Reserved Seating, watch the How to re:Invent episode on reserved seating.
Who can reserve seats in session?
Attendee types that CAN reserve seats:
•  General attendee

Attendee types that CANNOT reserve seats:
•  Employee
•  Booth staff
•  Vendor
What session types can attendees reserve a seat in?
Attendees CAN reserve a seat in:
•  Breakout sessions
•  Keynotes
•  Workshops
•  Chalk talks
•  Builders sessions
•  Hacks and Jams
•  Machine Learning Summit
•  Tatonka
•  Wednesday night Quirky activities
•  WWPS breakfast
•  Spotlight labs

Attendees CANNOT reserve a seat in the following (but these are included in the session schedule for you to favorite):
•  Builders Fair
•  Demo theater
•  Hands-on labs
•  Networking Lounge activities
How do I reserve a seat?
Once you are registered for re:Invent, log in to the session catalog using your registration credentials. To reserve a seat, check the session catalog, and then click on the title of the session you are interested in reserving a seat in. A link will appear that prompts you to reserve a seat for that session.

You can download step-by-step instructions on how to reserve a seat here.
Do I need to create a new account to log into the session catalog?
No, you use the same account you created to register for re:Invent.
I reserved a seat in a session; am I all set?
Almost! You must scan in at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the session for any sessions that you have a reserved seat in to keep your spot. We release unclaimed seats 10 minutes prior to the session to those waiting in line.
Do I need to reserve a seat in the keynotes?
Yes! Reserved seats are required for keynotes: Monday Night Live, Tuesday’s keynote with Andy Jassy, Global Partner Summit Keynote, and Thursday’s keynote with Dr. Werner Vogels. No walk-ups will be admitted.

Check out the keynotes page for more information.
What if I couldn’t reserve a seat in all of the breakout content offerings I want to attend?
The most popular sessions are repeated throughout the conference, so please be sure to check if the session you are looking for is offered at another time. Also, we suggest adding yourself to the waitlist for any sessions you would like to attend. This way, if spots open up, you will be added automatically. We also reserve a certain number of seats in each breakout for walk-up attendees, so if you don’t get off the waitlist and still want to attend, get to the session early, and you may be able to get in as a walk-up.
Is reserved seating an additional cost?
No, it is not. As long as you are registered as a general attendee for re:Invent, you can reserve a seat.
Do you have any advice for how to navigate all of the content in the session catalog?
Yes! There is a How to re:Invent episode on reserved seating that talks about all the key things to keep in mind while you make your way through the session catalog.
I didn’t get into the sessions that I was interested in; what do I do?
Sorry to hear that you were unable to get into the sessions you’re interested in!

The most popular sessions are repeated throughout the week, so please be sure to check if the session you are looking for is offered at another time. Also, we suggest adding yourself to the waitlist for any sessions you would like to attend. This way, if spots open up, you will be added automatically. We also reserve a certain number of seats in each session for walk-up attendees, so if you don't get off the waitlist and still want to attend, get to the session early, and you may be able to get in as a walk-up. There will also be session scheduler experts onsite who can help you fill in any gaps in your schedule once you arrive.
I missed reserved seating going live because I live in a different time zone; what do I do?
There are likely still seats available in some sessions, and you should add yourself to the waitlists for sessions that you are hoping to attend. The reserved seating launch time is selected to accommodate the majority of attendees.
Where did my waitlisted items go?
Waitlists will be cleared to free up time on your calendar so that you can book a session with available seats. Any sessions that you were waitlisted for will be moved to the “Your Interests” section.

We do reserve a portion of seats in each session for walk-up attendees, so if you still want to attend, get to the session early, and you may be able to get in as a walk-up. We also release unclaimed seats 10 minutes prior to the session to those waiting in line. There will also be session scheduler experts onsite who can help you fill in any gaps in your schedule once you arrive.
Why does there need to be 60 minutes in between sessions at different venues?
The expansion of the re:Invent campus comes with the need for additional travel time between venues. In previous years, we have strongly recommended 60 minutes of travel time between venues, but only required 30. This has led to some customer frustration once onsite because even with a reserved seat, 30 minutes is not enough time to get your session. We have what we call the “10 minute rule” for reserved seating: those with reserved seats must scan into their session no later than 10 minutes before the session starts. At 10 minutes, we release all reserved seats so we can begin filling open seats with the walk-up line. This means attendees truly have 20 minutes to get between venues to claim their reserved seat. This is not enough time. So this year, we are implementing a mandatory 60 minutes between sessions in different venues.

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