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AWS meetup #8: AWS re:Invent

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year! I'm very pleased to bring you confirmation of the agenda for our first AWS User Group meetup of 2014.

March 12th, 18:30 for a prompt 19:00 start

We have a wonderful new Sponsor, News UK, for this session. They have kindly given us the use of the spectacular 13th floor of the News UK building next to St Katherine's Dock. I went for a look recently and the views across London are stunning!

We're going to be well looked after - News UK have also offered beer and pizza  refreshments during the evening, and some nibbles on arrival.

We will have a broad theme of looking at the announcements and news from re:Invent in 2013 including new products and services from AWS and the experiences of those who attended. 

18:30 : Arrival, nibbles

19:00 : Introduction – Norman Driskell, group organiser

19:05 : Welcome from News UK, our journey to cloud so far and aspirations - Chris Birch, IT Director, News UK

19:10 : Session 1 : From the Technology department at News UK:

1) 10 things I’d wished I’d know about AWS before I got started - Darius Aliabadi, System Engineer

2) DC3, News UK transition to the cloud - Michael Holtby, AWS Technical Lead

19:40 : Refreshments! Beer, wine, pizza!

19:50 : Session 2 : Re:Visit, a trio of shorts sharing take-aways form Re:Invent

1) Peter Mounce – Senior Software Developer, Just Eat

2) Mike Weddburn-Clarke – Infrastructure Architect, News UK

3) Robin Meehan – CTO, Smart421

20:30 : Session 3 – What's new from Re:Invent 2013?

Ian Massingham - Technical Evangelist, AWS

Ian will provide an update on new AWS Services launched at the Global AWS User Education Conference, Re:Invent, which took place in November last year. This will focus on the major new service announcements including Kenesis, Workspaces and AppStream, and will include a few examples of how early adopters are using these services.

21:00 : Networking

21:30 : Close

Our hosts need to know exactly who is coming, so please ask your guests to sign up to the group and RSVP at least 24 hours in advance.

I'm really looking forward to seeing you,

Norm (@n0rm / @AWSUserGroupUK)

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  • Ian M.

    Hi all, Just a reminder that registrations are open for the AWS Summit in London. UK can find the full agenda and the registration page here:

    We'd love to see you all there!

    April 11, 2014

  • Steve P.

    Very buzzy lively meeting. Liked the demos from News UK. Very impressed with the smoothness of the video in a remote desktop all the way from Oregon...

    Very nice venue too. Well done!

    March 13, 2014

  • Peter M.

    Really good evening - great content, tasty pizza, free beer. Can't argue with that! Cheers to all that spoke + organised.

    March 13, 2014

  • Abdurrahman M.

    Fantastic event, thanks to the hosts and orgranisers

    March 13, 2014

  • James S.


    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Ian M. <- my slides from last night. You can find some links to extra resources and the AWS London Summit details at the end of the deck.

    3 · March 13, 2014

  • Ian M.

    Great to see so many of you at the meetup last night. Thanks to Norm, Ijaz and of course the News UK team including Sam for hosting us.

    2 · March 13, 2014

  • Bob H.

    Excellent evening, great content and great speakers. Thanks to all involved in organising and hosting.

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Ian B.

    Apologies on not making it tonight, major melt-down at work. Hope it was good and look forward to the next.

    March 12, 2014

  • David S.

    Great meetup with relevant content and excellent speakers. Venue was very good

    2 · March 12, 2014

  • Raj S.

    Great venue and host. Great presentations, based on real life experiences with AWS. Also managed to get hold of some Star Wars lego.:-)

    March 12, 2014

  • Nick L.

    Last minute work pattern change means I'm not going to be able to make it down. Have a great Meetup and I will check out any slides made available.

    March 9, 2014

  • Paul R.

    Looks good. We're moving a lot of stuff over to AWS at the moment and I'm particularly interested in hearing from any infrastructure developers and engineers who might be looking for new challenges.

    February 25, 2014

    • Don C.

      Paul, I am. How can I send my CV over to you?

      February 25, 2014

  • Peter M.

    Sounds good. I was at re:Invent 2013, so if you're interested, can give the same presentation I gave JUSTEAT when I got back?

    January 28, 2014

    • Norman D.

      We'd love to hear from you Peter - please get in touch!

      February 11, 2014

  • Nick L.

    Hi, as long as I can get down to you guys in time (based in Harrogate, NYorks) I would be happy to attend this MeetUp.

    January 31, 2014

    • Norman D.

      Would be great to see you there, Nick - if there's anything in particular you'd like to hear just let me know @AWSUserGroupUK

      February 11, 2014

  • Ijaz J.

    Sounds amazing and well done. Looking forward to it. See you soon.

    January 28, 2014

    • Norman D.

      Thanks mate - looking forward to catching up - reckon we may need a shout of for extra helpers, what do you think?

      February 11, 2014

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