AWS re:Invent 2020 Guide

Nov 24, 2020
Jerry Gamblin
Director of Security Research at Kenna Security

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This time last year, I was thinking about enjoying a week off for Thanksgiving and then making my yearly pilgrimage to Las Vegas for a week of product launches, parties, and promises of cloud security perfection. COVID-19 had just started to make some early news, and I was only worried about getting sick in Vegas from over-indulgence. For anyone interested in my super professional, expert takeaways, here is my recap of AWS re:Invent 2019

Fast forward to November 2020. The pandemic is still dictating most of our decisions, I haven’t been on an airplane in 6 months, and I have forgotten how to shave. And in true 2020 fashion, this year’s re:Invent has gone virtual and is now three weeks long. Check out the full agenda here.  

While Ed won’t give me all of December off to simply watch AWS talks and eat holiday cookies, here are a few things that I am looking forward to catching this year.

Builders’ Fair

I usually spend a lot of time checking out the Builders’ Fair to see the projects brought and get ideas for my side projects. This year, I am most interested in the “Connected Vehicle Repair.”   

Leadership Sessions

These leadership sessions are new this year, and my best guess (and hope) is that they are going to be a mixture of marketing content and an in-depth 2021 roadmap review. 


The keynote talks are where all the new product announcements are made for the upcoming year. These five talks provide the most fodder for all the news coverage of the event. At the top of my list, I am most interested to see what the new “Machine Learning Keynote” entails and what new products they are launching around that.

  • Andy Jassy – December 1st, 08:00—11:00 PST
  • AWS Partner Keynote – December 3rd, 08:00—09:45 PST
  • Machine Learning Keynote – December 8th, 08:00—09:30 PST
  • Infrastructure Keynote – December 12th, 08:00—09:00 PST
  • Dr. Werner Vogels – December 15th, 08:00—09:30 PST


While this year will be different, I am still looking forward to the event and seeing what will be launched in 2021. I will also publish an event recap blog with everything newsworthy and entertaining that comes out of AWS re:Invent this year.

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