I got to attend AWS’ re:Invent conference again this year. As expected, it was even larger than last year. Instead of focusing on sessions and announcements, I’d like to discuss a bit of a perspective shift I experienced.
Normally, attending a conference means two things for me. First, I need to pick the most relevant session for each time slot during each day. Second, I try to find the most fun networking event to attend each evening. At re:Invent there are also lots of fun things going on throughout the day. But, since I’m typically attending at my employer’s expense, I try to stay away from that to maximize my learning.
This year, I attended re:Invent in a vendor capacity, representing API Systems. I want to talk about how that changed my experience at re:Invent 2018, and what I wound up doing instead of attending sessions during the day and networking at night.