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Learn about AWS Services & Solutions – June AWS Online Tech Talks

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Join us this June to learn about AWS services and solutions. The AWS Online Tech Talks are live, online presentations that cover a broad range of topics at varying technical levels. These tech talks, led by AWS solutions architects and engineers, feature technical deep dives, live demonstrations, customer examples, and Q&A with AWS experts. Register Now!

Note – All sessions are free and in Pacific Time.

Tech talks this month:


June 20, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTCreate a Digital Asset with Amazon Sumerian and AWS IoT – Learn to create a “digital asset” of a physical machine using Amazon Sumerian and AWS IoT to create simulations, alerts, and diagnostic instructions.


June 25, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTRunning Enterprise CI/CD workloads with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances and CloudBees – Learn how to launch your CI/CD pipelines in the AWS cloud more quickly, and cost-effectively with CloudBees Core and Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.

June 26, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTGain Control Over Your License Usage and Reduce Costs Using AWS License Manager – See how you can gain control over your license usage and reduce costs using AWS License Manager through effective and proactive license management.


June 18, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTServerless E-commerce Application Using AWS AppSync – Learn how to get started with AWS Amplify, create a GraphQL API using AppSync, and see how easy it is to collect and visualize analytics data using Amazon Pinpoint, Amazon Kinesis Firehose, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon QuickSight.

June 20, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTContainer Security 101 and Beyond – Join a discussion on container-specific security considerations, from container image hygiene to running containers securely, handling sensitive data, permission management, as well as auditing.

Data Lakes & Analytics

June 17, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTBuild ETL Processes for Data Lakes with AWS Glue – Learn how you can build, automate, and manage ETL jobs for your data lake, using AWS Glue as a scalable, serverless platform for Apache Spark and Python shell jobs.

June 19, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT Ditching the Overhead: Moving Apache Kafka Workloads into Amazon MSK – Learn how to remove the complexity of managing Apache Kafka by moving your workloads to Amazon MSK with minimal downtime.

June 20, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTUnify Your Data Warehouse and Data Lake with AWS – Learn how to break data silos among analytical engines and between various groups in an organization by combining data warehouse and data lake architectures with AWS.


June 18, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTAchieve Continuous Availability with Amazon Aurora Multi-Master – Learn how to achieve Continuous Availability with Amazon Aurora Multi-Master.


June 19, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTRoot Cause and End-user Impact Analysis Using AWS X-Ray – Learn how to pinpoint application performance bottlenecks and assess the root cause of discovered issues using AWS X-Ray.

End-User Computing

June 24, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTReplace Your On-Premises VDI with End-User Computing on AWS – Learn how you can improve the flexibility and scalability of your EUC solutions by moving to EUC services on AWS.

Enterprise & Hybrid

June 25, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTHow to Build Your Cloud Enablement Engine with the People You Already Have – Learn how to build the skills, organization, and operating model to accelerate cloud adoption.


June 24, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTSecuring Your Devices from the Edge to the Cloud – Learn how to use AWS IoT services to reduce the complexity of keeping data secure, restricting access to devices and cloud resources, securely connecting to the cloud, and auditing device usage.

Machine Learning

June 18, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTBuilding Secure Machine Learning Environments Using Amazon SageMaker – Learn how to build secure machine learning environments using Amazon SageMaker.

June 26, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT – Fraud Detection Using Machine Learning with Amazon SageMaker – Learn how to do fraud detection using machine learning with Amazon SageMaker.


June 27, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTHow AWS Migration Hub Helps You Plan, Track, and Complete Your Application Migrations – Learn how to use AWS Migration Hub and AWS Application Discovery Service to discover, plan and track your application migrations.

Networking & Content Delivery

June 17, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PTCustomer Showcase: Exploiting Multi-Region Data Locality with [email protected] – Learn how to run your applications in multi-regions and how serverless can help.


June 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT Developing Intelligent Robots with AWS RoboMaker – Learn how to develop, test and deploy intelligent robotic applications with AWS RoboMaker.

Security, Identity, & Compliance

June 17, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PTContinuous Compliance with AWS Security Hub – Learn how AWS Security Hub provides you with a comprehensive view of your security state within AWS and helps you with continuous compliance checks.

June 19, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTCustomer Showcase: Learn How Uses Amazon GuardDuty to Protect its Infrastructure – Learn how one of AWS largest customers,, uses Amazon GuardDuty to protect their infrastructure.


June 27, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PTServerless Streams, Topics, Queues, & APIs! How to Pick the Right Serverless Application Pattern – Learn how to choose between streams, topics, queues, or APIs with AWS Lambda – pick right design pattern for your serverless application.


June 24, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT Build Your Data Lake on Amazon S3 – Learn why Amazon S3 is the best destination for your data lake.

AWS Quest 2: Reaching Las Vegas

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Hey AWS Questers and puzzlehunters! We’ve reached the last day of AWS Quest: The Road to re:Invent! Ozz has made it from Seattle to Las Vegas—after taking the long way via Sydney, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Mumbai, Stockholm, Cape Town, Paris, London, Sao Paulo, New York City, Toronto, and Mexico City. Now in Vegas, Ozz plans to meet up with a new robotic friend for re:Invent 2018! This is a very special guest for re:Invent, and you might even have a chance to meet that friend at the conference if you’re attending. But first, you need to wrap up this hunt by finding a final answer. This answer is a little different from the previous ones: It’s an instruction to Ozz on how to find this new friend.

To uncover the final solution, you’ll need the answers to the puzzles so far. Here’s what we’ve done to date: Ozz started this journey in a coffee shop in Seattle. Ozz then met a bouncy animal friend in Sydney, sampled sushi in Tokyo, and got control of the nozzles on the Banpo Bridge in Seoul. The little robot then found many terra cotta warriors in Beijing, met a wordy merlion in Singapore, and tasted the spices of Mumbai.

After a quick shopping trip in Stockholm, Ozz investigated the music of Cape Town, did a whole lot more shopping in Paris, and received a letter from a clockwork friend in London. Then, it was off across the Atlantic to São Paulo where Ozz engaged in some healthy capoeira. Our robot hero went to New York City and toured the skyscrapers, had a puck-shaped hockey treat in Toronto, and rode the roller coasters at Chapultepec Park in Mexico City. Along the way, with your help, we decoded the puzzles and got 15 different postcards of Ozz with special souvenirs from each city!

After reaching Las Vegas, Ozz has passed on this message to this new robotic friend:

“Boop boop boop beeeep beeeep. Beeeep beeeep boop boop boop. Beeeep boop boop boop boop. Beeeep boop boop boop boop. Boop boop boop beeeep beeeep. Beeeep beeeep beeeep beeeep boop. Beeeep beeeep beeeep boop boop. Boop boop boop beeeep beeeep. Boop boop boop boop boop. Boop boop boop beeeep beeeep. Boop beeeep beeeep beeeep beeeep boop boop beeeep beeeep beeeep. Beeeep beeeep boop boop boop. Boop boop boop boop boop. Beeeep beeeep boop boop boop. Boop beeeep beeeep beeeep beeeep!”

Well, that didn’t make much sense. But it’s likely just another puzzling example of our little robot’s sense of humor. Join the AWS Slack community in solving the puzzle and then type the solution into the submission page. If correct, you’ll see the final postcard from Ozz.

If you’ve been playing along and managed to solve the final puzzle, be sure to tweet at me and Jeff if you’ll be at re:Invent. We have Ozz pins to give out as well as a few other treats. You can also get an Ozz pin by visiting the Swag Booth at the Venetian and letting them know you’re an AWS blog reader.

Thanks for playing AWSQuest! For more puzzling fun, visit the Camp re:Invent Trivia Challenge with Jeff Barr at 7 PM on November 28th in the Venetian Theatre.

AWS Quest 2 Update: The Road to re:Invent at the Midpoint

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Hey, AWSQuest News Blog readers – Greg Bilsland here. I work with Jeff behind the scenes on the AWS Blog, and I’ve been collaborating with the fine folks at Lone Shark Games on AWS Quest. You’ve done a great job tracking Ozz’s journey westward from Seattle to re:Invent. We wanted to give you a short midpoint update on where we’ve gone so far, and how far we have to go.

Our wayward robot pal started our journey in our fair Emerald City and got a cup of coffee (with an unexpected grid inside) before walking into the Pacific. We then traveled to Sydney, where they had to corral a runaway kangaroo. In Tokyo, we gobbled up some sushi (who knew robots were so hungry?), and then continued to Seoul for a moonlit walk along the Banpo Bridge.

In Beijing, we then encountered over a thousand terra cotta warriors. Then we journeyed to Singapore, where we were introduced to the national hybrid creature, the highly impressive merlion. Our next stop was Mumbai, a metropolis where the locals enjoy many different varieties of homemade spices. Our last stop before the midpoint of the journey was the city of Stockholm, at which an interesting set of teddy bears talked our favorite robot into doing some shopping.

The second half of Ozz’s trek first brought us to Cape Town, where we sampled some of the musical delights of the region. Today we have arrived in Paris, and undoubtedly a challenging puzzle awaits us here.

That’s my midpoint report on our little friend’s journey to re:Invent. Keep solving! Watch for the culmination on Friday, November 16, at 12 pm. I hope to meet up with you at re:Invent!

—Greg Bilsland