I believe that tech communities can be welcoming places for everybody, regardless of what you look like, your background, or your beliefs. The idea behind this guide is to provide a curated list of interesting re:Invent talks given by women, so we can all gain experiences learning from diverse speakers at computer science conferences. By seeing women speak and being there in the field we can begin to shift the stereotypes of what a “developer,” “architect,” or “CTO” looks like. The activities in this guide are not meant to be consumed one behind the other, it is just a list of talks that I am interested in where women are one of the presenters!
Talks about diversity and inclusion
- DVC201 - Making AWS User Communities More Inclusive
In this talk, Niv Yungelson, who co-leads the Israel AWS User Group, discusses the value of participating in mixed-gender Meetups or User Groups. She’ll also share insights from AWS user communities worldwide who are taking steps to become more diverse, and explain the steps she takes to help make AWS community in Israel more inclusive.
- WPT201 - We Power Tech: Lightning Talks with Executive Women in Tech
This panel of successful executive technical leaders will explore their journeys through the industry and discuss how we can prioritize the inclusion of women from all communities (race, gender identity, ability status, and other underrepresented and intersectional communities) on technical teams.
- WPT202 - We Power Tech: Everyday Actions to Be a Better Ally
Have you ever thought, "I care about a more diverse and inclusive workplace, but what can I do?” If so, you’re not alone. Knowing how to be a better ally for underrepresented people working in tech is unfamiliar territory for many of us. Come to this session where Karen Catlin discusses key challenges women and underrepresented minorities face in our tech workplaces and ways you can make a difference.
- WPT203 - We Power Tech: Addressing Intersectionality in Tech
When diversity efforts focus only on gender, they further marginalize the marginalized. Join this session where Kesha Williams and Brandon Marin discuss how to make sure we address the needs of everyone that is underrepresented in the industry, and what can we do to provide a platform for those voices to be heard and support their efforts.
Technical talks by women
- SRV201 - Reactive Microservices with AWS Lambda
In this talk, Lu Hong is going to cover the concepts of reactive microservices architecture, a set of patterns and best practices for implementing backend systems with very high scaling and availability guarantees. She’ll also demo a serverless microservice and share pitfalls to consider when running these microservices in a production environment.
- SRV215-R - Beyond DevOps: Accelerating Organizational Agility with Serverless
AWS Serverless Hero Erica Windisch will provide a brief history of DevOps and show how serverless is a stepwise shift for developer agility. Then, she’ll discuss how serverless is uniquely positioned to accelerate agility between development and business intelligence, enabling IT to become the ultimate strategic partner to business.
- SRV218-R - Applying the Twelve-Factor App Methodology to Serverless Applications
Yisha Fang is leading this session where you learn how to directly apply the Twelve-Factor methodology to serverless application development with Lambda and Amazon API Gateway.
- SRV314-R - Securing Serverless Applications and AWS Lambda
Angela Wang and Nacho Garcia Alonso are leading this workshop where participants get hands-on experience applying security best practices to improve the security posture of a basic serverless application.
- SRV212-R1 - Accelerate Innovation and Maximize Business Value with Serverless Applications
Join this session where Linda Lian and Chris Dixon discuss Comcast’s perspective on why they made the decision to reinvent with serverless, and the learnings and benefits they've gained along their journey to modern application development.
- DVC304 - Red Team vs. Blue Team on AWS
AWS Community Hero Teri Radichel and Kolby Allen demonstrate real-world examples of how an attacker can perform reconnaissance and pivoting on AWS, leverage network, AWS Lambda functions, and implementation weaknesses to steal credentials and data. They then show you how to defend your environment from these threats.
- AIM338 - Crafting a Conversational Platform Strategy
Do you know how to explain the business case for chatbots? Join Niranjan Hira and Gillian Armstrong as they share what they’ve learned putting together conversational platform strategy for a large enterprise.
- ALX402 - Learn from the Field: Best Practices for Making Money with Alexa Skills
Don’t miss Neelam Saboo in this session where she explains adding in-skill purchasing to an Alexa skill, creating the opportunity to learn how to implement best practices for make money with Alexa.
- CON355 - Best Practices for Container Image Management
Attend this session where Abby Fuller discusses container registries like Amazon ECR, which make it easy to store and distribute container images. You’ll learn best practices for managing container images in both shared and private repositories.
- CON310 - Breaking Containers: Chaos Engineering for Modern Applications on AWS
Ana Medina and Adrian Cockcroft will dive into buzzwords “chaos engineering” and “containers” and discuss what they have to do with each other. You’ll learn about chaos engineering and view a live demo of how to practice chaos engineering principles on AWS.
- CON334 - Operations for Containerized Applications
Tiffany Jernigan and Nathan Peck discuss how containers make it easy for developers to standardize every part of the software lifecycle, and dive deep into what it takes to successfully operate container workloads.
- GPSCT303 - Blockchain Architecture Design Patterns
Join this chalk talk where Lana Kalashnyk and Tony Vattathil will whiteboard blockchain architectures, best practices, and anti-patterns for top blockchain protocols like Ethereum, Hyperledger, and Corda.
- WPS204 - Building a Governance, Risk, and Compliance Strategy with AWS
In this session, learn how Dr. Julia Lane, Director of the Administrative Data Research Facility at NYU, used AWS and AWS Public Sector Partner Earthling Security to build a SaaS research and analysis environment that hosts sensitive U.S. Census Bureau data.
- ENT220 - Leadership Session: The Future of Enterprise IT
Sandy Carter and Bridget Frey discuss how the cloud is enabling the transformation of IT in the enterprise at an unprecedented rate, and share insights on what the people, process and technology shifts are needed to build agile and innovative organizations?
I hope that after attending some of these talks you feel inspired, and also understand that in computer science and technology, everyone is welcome and anyone can have a chance to have a great career!