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AWS Quest 2: Reaching Las Vegas

Post Syndicated from Greg Bilsland original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-quest-2-reaching-las-vegas/

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

Post Syndicated from Greg Bilsland original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-quest-2-update-ozz-is-halfway-to-reinvent/

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

AWS Quest 2 – The Road to re:Invent

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-quest-2-the-road-to-reinvent/

The first AWS Quest started in May of this year. As you may recall, my trusty robot companion went to pieces after burying some clues in this blog, the AWS Podcast, and other parts of the AWS site. Thanks to the tireless efforts of devoted puzzle solvers all over the world, all of the puzzles were found, all but one was solved, and we put Ozz back together in an action-packed broadcast on the AWS Twitch channel.

We had so much fun the first time around that we have decided to do it again! Ozz 2.0 is lighter, stronger, faster, cuter, and more mobile than ever. Just like last time, we’ve worked with our friends at Lone Shark Games to design a set of puzzles that will require multiple leaps of logic, group cooperation, and an indefatigable spirit to solve.

Follow The Orange Brick Road
I told Ozz to meet me in Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent, but I didn’t specify the route. Ozz, being adventurous and somewhat devious, decided to follow an orange brick road that heads west from Seattle. From what I can tell, Ozz plans to stop in 15 cities along the way and is looking for souvenirs to bring along to re:Invent.

Ozz will leave Seattle on November 1st after picking up a souvenir from Amazon’s home city. From there, Ozz is off to Sydney, Australia. Each puzzle will launch at aws.amazon.com/awsquest at noon in Ozz’s timezone.

Your job, should you decide to accept it, is to help find and decode the puzzles, and to help Ozz to decide what to bring to re:Invent.

Jeff;

PS – Ozz is looking for some friendly robotic faces along the way. From November 1 to 16, follow @awscloud on Twitter and share a picture of a robot around your city for chance to get on the phone with me to chat about AWS and the cloud. We’ll also be looking for robots on Instagram, so follow @amazonwebservices there and share your robot pictures for everyone to enjoy. We will DM the winner by December 5, 2018 to coordinate the call. The post must content #AWSQuest #Promotion and your profile must be public to be eligible.

AWS Quest- a puzzling situation

Post Syndicated from Ana Visneski original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-quest-a-puzzling-situation/

Ain't nobody here but us chickens. No clues hidden here this time!Starting on March 8th you might have seen AWS Quest popping up in different places. Now that we are a bit over halfway through the game, we thought it would be a great time give everyone a peek behind the curtain.

The whole idea started about a year ago during an casual conversation with Jeff when I first joined AWS. While we’re usually pretty good at staying focused in our meetings, he brought up that he had just finished a book he really enjoyed and asked me if I had read it. (A book that has since been made into a movie.) I don’t think there was a way for him to even imagine that as a huge fan of games, both table top and video games, how stoked I would be about the idea of bringing a game to our readers.

We got to talking about how great it would be to attempt a game that would involve the entire suite of AWS products and our various platforms. This idea might appear to be easy, but it has kept us busy with Lone Shark for about a year and we haven’t even scratched the surface of what we would like to do. Being able to finally share this first game with our customers has been an absolute delight.

From March 8-27th, each day we have been and will be releasing a new puzzle. The clues for the puzzles are hidden somewhere all over AWS, and once customers have found the clues they can figure out the puzzle which results in a word. That word is the name of a component to rebuild Ozz, Jeff’s robot buddy.

We wanted to try make sure that anyone could play and we tried to surround each puzzle with interesting Easter eggs. So far, it seems to be working and we are seeing some really cool collaborative effort between customers to solve the puzzles. From tech talks to women who code, posts both recent and well in the past, and to Twitter and podcasts, we wanted to hide the puzzles in places our customers might not have had a chance to really explore before. Given how much Jeff enjoyed doing a live Twitch stream so much I won’t be surprised when he tells me he wants to do a TV show next.

So far players have solved 8 of 13 puzzles!

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The learnings we have already gathered as we are just a little past halfway in the quest are mind boggling. We have learned that there will be a guy who figures out how to build a chicken coop in 3D to solve a puzzle, or build a script to crawl a site looking for any reply to a blog post that might be a clue. There were puzzles we completely expected people to get stuck on that they have solved in a snap. They have really kept us on our toes, which isn’t a bad thing. It really doesn’t hurt that the players are incredibly adept at thinking outside the box, and we can’t wait to tell you how the puzzles were solved at the end.

We still have a little under a week of puzzles to go, before you can all join Jeff and special guests on a live Twitch stream to reassemble Ozz 2.0! And you don’t have to hold off for the next time we play, as there are still many puzzles to be solved and every player matters! Just keep an eye out for new puzzles to appear everyday until March 27th, join the Reddit, come to the AMA, or take a peek into the chat and get solving!

Time to wipe off your brow, and get back into solving the last of the puzzles! I am going to try to go explain to my mother and father what exactly I am doing with those two masters degrees and how much fun it really is…

 

Getting Ready for the AWS Quest Finale on Twitch

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/getting-ready-for-the-aws-quest-finale-on-twitch/

Whew! March has been one crazy month for me and it is only half over. After a week with my wife in the Caribbean, we hopped on a non-stop Seattle to Tokyo flight so that I could speak at JAWS Days, Startup Day, and some internal events. We arrived home last Wednesday and I am now sufficiently clear-headed and recovered from jet lag to do anything more intellectually demanding than respond to emails. The AWS Blogging Team and the great folks at Lone Shark Games have been working on AWS Quest for quite some time and it has been great to see all of the progress made toward solving the puzzles in order to find the orangeprints that I will use to rebuild Ozz.

The community effort has been impressive! There’s a shared spreadsheet with tabs for puzzles and clues, a busy Slack channel, and a leaderboard, all organized and built by a team that spans the globe.

I’ve been checking out the orangeprints as they are uncovered and have been doing a bit of planning and preparation to make sure that I am ready for the live-streamed rebuild on Twitch later this month. Yesterday I labeled a bunch of containers, one per puzzle, and stocked each one with the parts that I will use to rebuild the corresponding component of Ozz. Fortunately, I have at least (my last count may have skipped a few) 119,807 bricks and other parts at hand so this was easy. Here’s what I have set up so far:

The Twitch session will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at Noon PT. In the meantime, you should check out the #awsquest tweets and see what you can do to help me to rebuild Ozz.

Jeff;

Our Newest AWS Community Heroes (Spring 2018 Edition)

Post Syndicated from Betsy Chernoff original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/our-newest-aws-community-heroes-spring-2018-edition/

The AWS Community Heroes program helps shine a spotlight on some of the innovative work being done by rockstar AWS developers around the globe. Marrying cloud expertise with a passion for community building and education, these Heroes share their time and knowledge across social media and in-person events. Heroes also actively help drive content at Meetups, workshops, and conferences.

This March, we have five Heroes that we’re happy to welcome to our network of cloud innovators:

Peter Sbarski

Peter Sbarski is VP of Engineering at A Cloud Guru and the organizer of Serverlessconf, the world’s first conference dedicated entirely to serverless architectures and technologies. His work at A Cloud Guru allows him to work with, talk and write about serverless architectures, cloud computing, and AWS. He has written a book called Serverless Architectures on AWS and is currently collaborating on another book called Serverless Design Patterns with Tim Wagner and Yochay Kiriaty.

Peter is always happy to talk about cloud computing and AWS, and can be found at conferences and meetups throughout the year. He helps to organize Serverless Meetups in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, and is always keen to share his experience working on interesting and innovative cloud projects.

Peter’s passions include serverless technologies, event-driven programming, back end architecture, microservices, and orchestration of systems. Peter holds a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University, Australia and can be followed on Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and GitHub.

 

 

 

Michael Wittig

Michael Wittig is co-founder of widdix, a consulting company focused on cloud architecture, DevOps, and software development on AWS. widdix maintains several AWS related open source projects, most notably a collection of production-ready CloudFormation templates. In 2016, widdix released marbot: a Slack bot supporting your DevOps team to detect and solve incidents on AWS.

In close collaboration with his brother Andreas Wittig, the Wittig brothers are actively creating AWS related content. Their book Amazon Web Services in Action (Manning) introduces AWS with a strong focus on automation. Andreas and Michael run the blog cloudonaut.io where they share their knowledge about AWS with the community. The Wittig brothers also published a bunch of video courses with O’Reilly, Manning, Pluralsight, and A Cloud Guru. You can also find them speaking at conferences and user groups in Europe. Both brothers are co-organizing the AWS user group in Stuttgart.

 

 

 

 

Fernando Hönig

Fernando is an experienced Infrastructure Solutions Leader, holding 5 AWS Certifications, with extensive IT Architecture and Management experience in a variety of market sectors. Working as a Cloud Architect Consultant in United Kingdom since 2014, Fernando built an online community for Hispanic speakers worldwide.

Fernando founded a LinkedIn Group, a Slack Community and a YouTube channel all of them named “AWS en Español”, and started to run a monthly webinar via YouTube streaming where different leaders discuss aspects and challenges around AWS Cloud.

During the last 18 months he’s been helping to run and coach AWS User Group leaders across LATAM and Spain, and 10 new User Groups were founded during this time.

Feel free to follow Fernando on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, or join the ever-growing Hispanic Community via Slack, LinkedIn or YouTube.

 

 

 

Anders Bjørnestad

Anders is a consultant and cloud evangelist at Webstep AS in Norway. He finished his degree in Computer Science at the Norwegian Institute of Technology at about the same time the Internet emerged as a public service. Since then he has been an IT consultant and a passionate advocate of knowledge-sharing.

He architected and implemented his first customer solution on AWS back in 2010, and is essential in building Webstep’s core cloud team. Anders applies his broad expert knowledge across all layers of the organizational stack. He engages with developers on technology and architectures and with top management where he advises about cloud strategies and new business models.

Anders enjoys helping people increase their understanding of AWS and cloud in general, and holds several AWS certifications. He co-founded and co-organizes the AWS User Groups in the largest cities in Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger), and also uses any opportunity to engage in events related to AWS and cloud wherever he is.

You can follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

To learn more about the AWS Community Heroes Program and how to get involved with your local AWS community, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWS Summit Season is Almost Here – Get Ready to Register!

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-summit-season-is-almost-here-get-ready-to-register/

I’m writing this post from my hotel room in Tokyo while doing my best to fight jet lag! I’m here to speak at JAWS Days and Startup Day, and to meet with some local customers.

I do want to remind you that the AWS Global Summit series is just about to start! With events planned for North America, Latin America, Japan and the rest of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Greater China, odds are that there’s one not too far from you. You can register for the San Francisco Summit today and you can ask to be notified as soon as registration for the other 30+ cities opens up.

The Summits are offered at no charge and are an excellent way for you to learn more about AWS. You’ll get to hear from our leaders and tech teams, our partners, and from other customers. You can also participate in hands-on workshops, labs, and team challenges.

Because the events are multi-track, you may want to bring a colleague or two in order to make sure that you don’t miss something of interest to your organization.

Jeff;

PS – I keep meaning to share this cool video that my friend Mike Selinker took at AWS re:Invent. Check it out!

Join the AWS Quest – Help me to Rebuild Ozz!

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/join-the-aws-quest-help-me-to-rebuild-ozz/

If you have been watching my weekly videos, you may have noticed an orange robot in the background from time to time. That’s Ozz, my robot friend and helper. Built from the ground up in my home laboratory, Ozz is an invaluable part of the AWS blogging process!

Sadly, when we announced we are adding the AWS Podcast to the blog, Ozz literally went to pieces and all I have left is a large pile of bricks and some great memories of our time together. From what I can tell, Ozz went haywire over this new development due to excessive enthusiasm!

Ozz, perhaps anticipating that this could happen at some point, buried a set of clues (each pointing to carefully protected plans) in this blog, in the AWS Podcast, and in other parts of the AWS site. If we can find and decode these plans, we can rebuild Ozz, better, stronger, and faster. Unfortunately, due to concerns about the ultra-competitive robot friend market, Ozz concealed each of the plans inside a set of devious, brain-twisting puzzles. You are going to need to look high, low, inside, outside, around, and through the clues in order to figure this one out. You may even need to phone a friend or two.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find these clues, decode the plans, and help me to rebuild Ozz. The information that I have is a bit fuzzy, but I think there are 20 or so puzzles, each one describing one part of Ozz. If we can solve them all, we’ll get together on Twitch later this month and put Ozz back together.

Are you with me on this? Let’s do it!

Jeff;