As a Research and Development Engineer at Baseconnect, my team is working to build a data platform that can handle large volumes of data and provide insights to our clients. We've been exploring various cloud computing solutions, and AWS has always stood out as a leader in the field.
So when I heard about the AWS Summit Tokyo event, I knew I had to attend. I wanted to gather as much information as possible about AWS services and tools that could help us build a more robust and scalable platform.
But my reasons for attending the event weren't purely professional - as a big fan of AWS, I was also excited to learn more about the latest developments and innovations in the field. And of course, I saw the event as a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the industry and potentially make some new connections.
The AWS Summit Tokyo is an annual event hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), bringing together users, partners, and experts to learn about the latest developments in cloud computing, AI, machine learning, serverless architecture, and more.
This year's offline event was the first summit after COVID-19 and marked four years since the last AWS Summit Tokyo. The event included a keynote address, breakout sessions, hands-on labs, partner expo, and special areas like the Certified Lounge and DeepRacer.
The AWS Summit Tokyo provides a great opportunity for professionals in the industry to learn, network, and share their experiences and expertise.
During the AWS Summit Tokyo, I had the opportunity to attend 10 different sessions covering a range of topics in cloud computing, AI/ML, and serverless architecture.
Here are my top three sessions from the event:
今踏み出す、変革への一歩: This was the first session of the event and was presented by the CEO of AWS Japan. He shared how AWS has grown in Japan and helped many companies and government organizations in various ways. He also announced a new service called Amazon Bedrock, which provides flexibility to choose from a wide range of models built by leading AI startups and Amazon to find the model best suited for your needs. I'm excited to try it out once it becomes available.
AWS の徹底活用で ”守りの IT” から ”攻めの IT” そして "DX” へ。: This session was presented by a representative from Nippon Kasei, a weather forecasting company. He discussed the challenges the company faced with on-premises systems and how they overcame it by doubling down on cloud adoption, providing training and certification rewards for engineers, and getting AWS to help them grow. In the end, they not only successfully utilized the cloud, but also built an app with serverless technology in a short timeframe.
Java on Lambda のコールドスタートを乗り越える、これからのサーバーレスアプリケーション: This session covered tips and best practices for overcoming the cold start problem when using Java on AWS Lambda. The speaker provided insights on how to improve application performance and reduce latency when running serverless applications.
At the AWS Summit Tokyo, there were a variety of booths from both AWS and other companies. As someone interested in data platforms, I was specifically looking for a tool that could help integrate data into our existing data warehouse and utilize the data for AI/ML purposes. Unfortunately, most of the services available at the booths focused on topics like DevOps, security, and consulting services, with only a few being relevant to my use case.
Fortunately, I found valuable information at the AWS Booth. First, I spoke with an expert about our desire to create a bot to act as a customer service representative, and they introduced me to Amazon Kendra and Amazon Lex, two services that I am eager to experiment with.
Second, I learned about the benefits of becoming an AWS partner. After researching it further, I believe that proposing this to my manager could be a great opportunity for our company to leverage AWS expertise and services to grow our business.
At the AWS Summit Tokyo, several special stands were set up by AWS, providing attendees with unique and interactive experiences. Unfortunately, I didn't get to network with other attendees as much as I had hoped, but I still had a great time exploring these areas. Here are a few that caught my attention:
Certified Lounge: The Certified Lounge was an area exclusively for AWS-certified professionals. Attendees could receive stickers according to their certification level. As someone with six AWS certifications, I was disappointed to learn that they had run out of stickers for some of the certification levels, and I only received three stickers.
AWS JAM: AWS JAM was a team-based game that involved solving puzzles and completing challenges. I had the opportunity to watch others participate, and it seemed like a great opportunity to network with other attendees while having fun and learning.
AWS DeepRacer: AWS DeepRacer was a hands-on activity that involved building an AI model and racing it against other attendees' models. I didn't have the chance to build a model myself, but it was fascinating to watch others build their models and compete against each other.
AWS Summit Tokyo provided a unique opportunity to engage with AWS services and technologies in a fun and interactive way. While networking can be challenging, especially in larger events like conferences, I still gained valuable insights and experiences from the event.
Attending the AWS Summit Tokyo was a fantastic experience. It was amazing to see so many engineers and professionals from different industries and backgrounds come together to learn about AWS services and technologies. The event was bustling with activity, and there were numerous companies showcasing their services and products.
AWS is a truly massive company, and it was impressive to see the scale of their operations and the wide range of services they offer. Despite the crowds (which can be overwhelming for some, including myself), the event was incredibly fun and informative.
My key takeaways from the AWS Summit Tokyo include understanding the potential of Amazon Bedrock for AI/ML model flexibility, learning how AWS services helped companies like Nippon Kasei overcome on-premises limitations, and exploring the possibilities of Amazon Kendra and Amazon Lex for creating a customer service bot.
In conclusion, the AWS Summit Tokyo was a great opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and trends in cloud computing, machine learning, and more. I'm grateful for the experience and look forward to attending more events like this in the future.
Hi, I am Endratno Alvin, an engineer at Baseconnect! I attended the AWS Summit this year and would like to share with you an overview of the event.
Attending AWS Summit Tokyo 2023 was an unforgettable and immersive experience. This premier event, hosted by Amazon Web Services, offers a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, expand your knowledge, and discover the latest innovations in the cloud industry. In this blog post, I will share my personal insights on what you can expect at an AWS Summit, based on my time at the Tokyo event.
Warm Welcome and Registration
Upon entering the building, I was greeted by numerous friendly staff members who guided me to the reception area. I received my name tag, which was essential for navigating the event and understanding the roles of others. At AWS Summit Tokyo 2023, the name tag colors indicated: black for visitors, white for staff, orange for AWS members, and green for sponsors.
Event Content: Sessions, Booths, and Special Events
The AWS Summit was a treasure trove of informative sessions, interactive booths, and unique special events that catered to a diverse audience. From tech-savvy professionals to industry newcomers, there was something for everyone.
The event kicked off with the key sessions, which featured high-profile speakers such as CEOs and government officials sharing their vision for the future of cloud technology. With a runtime of 90 minutes, these sessions were offered in two languages and streamed online for those who couldn't attend in person. A DJ filled the venue with lively music, setting an energetic tone for the day ahead.
Case Study Sessions
Case study sessions provided real-world examples of how companies were using AWS to transform their businesses. These insightful presentations included in-depth discussions from company representatives and high-level architecture overviews, enabling attendees to understand the practical applications of AWS services.
These informative sessions, led by AWS employees, focused on the strengths and benefits of AWS services and how they could be used to solve various business challenges. I found these sessions particularly helpful in deepening my understanding of AWS. They also used a unique silent presentation format, which allowed attendees to listen to their chosen presentation using receivers. Below is photo of join stage and receiver.
At the AWS booths, I witnessed firsthand how AWS services were being used in specific sectors. I saw demonstrations of AWS Amplify being used to create an MVP and AWS QuickSight being used to quickly create a dashboard. The knowledgeable AWS employees were eager to answer any questions and even followed up with an email the next day if I wanted to learn more.
Sponsor booths showcased cutting-edge technology and services from various companies. This was an excellent opportunity to explore potential solutions for my company, discuss my requirements with industry experts, and even collect some fun swag!
In addition to the technology and information-related booths, AWS also presented some unique experiences that I would call "Special Booths."
The first one was AWS DeepRacer, where visitors could build a machine learning model and integrate it into a small autonomous car (I have no idea how that works either!). The car then raced around a track, competing for the fastest lap time. The winners received special merchandise as a reward for their achievement.
Another engaging experience was AWS Jam, a team-based game that involved solving puzzles and completing challenges related to AWS services. I had the opportunity to watch others participate, and it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to network with other attendees while having fun and learning about AWS in a hands-on environment.
AWS Summit Tokyo 2023 was a whirlwind of learning, networking, and inspiration. Whether you're a cloud enthusiast, an AWS expert, or exploring potential solutions for your company, attending an AWS Summit is a must. The event offers a diverse range of sessions, booths, and special events, ensuring that there's something for everyone. So, if you ever have the chance to attend an AWS Summit, don't hesitate—dive in and experience the future of cloud technology!