Meet others interested in all aspects of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Gather to discuss Development, Standards, Networks, Marketing, Promotion and Business opportunities using AWS. Open to anyone interested in learning more about Amazon Web Services!

And now for some details...

Upcoming Scheduled Meetups: In general we meet on once a month, from 6:30-9pm, with 6:30-7pm for networking and food.

Attendance: We usually have in attendance approx. 30-60+ depending on location and topic - and we normally hold these Meetups in the Boston area - however, we are branching out to other areas/facilities. Our attendees are generally in the middle ground between novice and expert, with many in the dev/ops space.

Presentations: If you wish to present, contact the moderator at awsmeetup@extrmereach.com. Suggest a topic and an upcoming meeting(s) you would be available to present, then provide an abstract of the presentation (title and descriptive info) and a bit about the presenter (brief bio, just a few words). We generally have 2-3 presentations/presenters per Meetup without repetition from recent past meetups - there is flexibility here. Also, our attendees are looking for technical depth and NOT a sales pitch - so please keep this in mind when proposing and creating your presentation. It’s important that speakers speak loud and clear, in the event a PA system is not available. Also, when questions are asked, the presenter should repeat the question so that all can hear and understand the context of the answer.

Presentation - Slides: Usually there are requests for slides after a presentation. Your best bet is to post a link to slides as a comment to the applicable Meetup page. Any comments go to the entire group.

Sponsorship: A sponsor has their logo posted on our Meetup site with promotional statements, and is provided time during the Meetup to address attendees. Please see this link for examples: http://www.meetup.com/The-Boston-Amazon-Web...- Meetup-Group/sponsors/

Sponsorship - Food/Drink: We really appreciate our food sponsors and provide them extra time in self-promotion. Food and drink selection is up to the sponsor. Usually a mixed assortment of pizza and salad works well - but this is up to the sponsor. Pretty simple fare for this crowd - and usually no alcohol (but optional if the venue allows). Food is consumed as people arrive and mingle, and we usually get started with the presentations by 7pm.

Sponsorship - Location: We are open to a variety of locations. Minimum requirements include a facility that can host approx. 60 attendees, with projector and screen available. The only time we have needed amplification is when the meeting area has significant background noise (like certain climate control systems, or open environments where sound does not carry well). The facility should support groups who allow food and drink on premise. Please specify if alcohol is Not permitted, and/or if there are drinks/snacks or benefits that the facility supplies beyond the space hosting. Usually, attendance requires RSVP for security check-in (if required). The host location should post signage to make it very clear where attendees need to go for the meetup. Please supply any special instructions with regard to directions, parking, security check-in, etc. - these will be posted on the Meetup site.

Sponsorship - Other Items: There are other forms of sponsorship available, including supplying swag, offering door prizes for info cards being filled out, and covering the Meetup site hosting fees. Please reach out to the moderator for further details and arrangements.

Promotion of Other Events: We receive many requests to post outside events, functions, positions, and other items to the Meetup group. Members have provided direct feedback that they do Not want any sales presentations or unrelated solicitations. So, we keep it simple, stay focused on the purpose of this Meetup, and provide opportunities for companies to sponsor or present, and make announcements during the Meetup. In addition, comments can be posted to any of the scheduled Meetup pages on the Meetup site. These comments go out to the entire membership.

Attendee List: We are often asked about providing presenters and sponsors the attendee list. Unfortunately, most Meetup registrants use nicknames, and emails are not supplied to presenters/sponsors. However, presenters/sponsors can post to the Meetup site, commenting on the particular meeting page, which goes out to the entire group. In the comments you can indicate positive follow-up comments, offer slides, and drive response to another web link where more info can be gathered from attendees.

Reaching Mark Annati, the group moderator: Emails to Mark should contain the word ‘meetup’. Contact: Mark Annati, VP of IT, Extreme Reach, Inc., awsmeetup@extremereach.com




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