AWS Usergroup Belfast MeetUp #3



Sharing their insights & expertise from the Black Box stage this evening will be Ronan Guilfoyle, AWS SA, Alan Kiernan of Cation Dynamics/Ryanair Labs, Gillian McCann & Gillian Armstrong, Liberty IT and James Brown of Alert Logic.

Sponsored by Alert Logic, Liberty IT, Stelfox, And Union.

Get ready for a unique mix of action-packed demos, expert talks, networking, prize draw, background music, refreshments & swag!

17:45 – DOORS OPEN / Registration / Networking


18.00 – START - AWS UG Belfast March 29th, 2017

Intro by Rónán Ó Caollaí, Group Leader. Sponsor thanks / Speaker welcomes / latest news & announcements from the AWS User Group



Ronan Guilfoyle, AWS SA (Solutions Architect)

Summary: AWS Roundup, Security Deep Dive
Ronan will cover a round up of recent AWS innovations and announcements. Also will cover Security automation in your deployment pipeline.

Getting designs right and implementing best practices ensures a cost effective, reliable and scalable architecture.

Ronan's role as Solutions Architect in AWS entails focusing on helping customers design cost effective, reliable and scalable solutions from the outset. Ronan works with the largest AWS customers in Ireland, ranging from high potential start-ups to financial pillars.


18:30: Alan Kiernan - Cation Dynamics & Ryanair Labs.

Summary: Skill Development, Live Demos

In the latest in our series of Alexa Skills Development - Fundamentals, this week our resident Alexa master
Alan Kiernan explores the practical differences in a "single question" versus an ongoing conversation (session state).

This is a practical walk-through with live demos outlining the fundamentals of building conversational Alexa apps.



18:55 Networking break - Beer & Food


19:10: Liberty IT

19:10: Gillian McCann & Gillian Armstrong - Liberty IT Summary: Artificial Intelligence Services in AWS, Chatbots. Cognitive Technology is becoming more and more important for every business. At Liberty we are currently building a chatbot digital assistant using some of the AWS AI Services, including Lex the new automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) service from AWS. This service is still in preview but we have been using it to build prototypes for the last couple months. We’ll be showing a demo and diving into the similarities and differences between building conversations using Lex and Alexa, talking about how we are currently using it and highlighting the current challenges.

19:40: Alert Logic - James Brown - Vice President, Technology Solutions Group at Alert Logic

Summary: Cloud security, Live Hack Demo

The Realities of Security in the Cloud – Live Hack Demo

Cloud security, modern threat detection and exposure management. Oliver will show the impact of implementing web applications that lack the correct security controls, run a live hack demo where he shows how web applications are attacked and what you should focus on to keep data and systems secure.

An exciting and very important demonstration for anyone who develops applications, managers website or is interested in security, tailored towards the Amazon Cloud.

Alert Logic has been in the security industry for an impressive 15 years. During this time, he has accumulated a wealth of experience through various roles, including penetration testing/ethical hacking, security and compliance consulting as well as solutions architecture. This gives him the insights to be considered a well-rounded technology expert.


20:00 Wrap Up