AWS re:Invent 2021

It is the 10th version of the event, which will be held in a hybrid, virtual, and in-person format in Las Vegas. The event takes place from November 28 to December 3, starting with the first Keynote on Monday the 29th at 3 pm. The sessions available range from intermediate level (200) to expert level (400).

AWS re:Invent 2021 version number 10

This new edition will take place from November 29 to December 3, 2021. It will have more than 50 tracks and 1,200 sessions, distributed like this:

  • 4 Keynotes | 2 hours | THE VENETIAN
  • Leadership sessions | 22 speakers
  • Breakout sessions | lecture-style | 1 hour
  • Workshops | hands-on session | 2 hours | Laptop
  • Chalk talks | highly interactive | 1 hour
  • Builders’ sessions | six attendees per table | 1 hour | Laptop
  • AWS Certifications | L-V 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM | THE VENETIAN
  • AWS Spotlight Lab, AWS Sandbox | L-V 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM | THE VENETIAN


Master sessions as the opening of the day. The first is on Monday the 29th at 3 pm and the others at 8 am. They last 2 hours each, where they will be: Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Peter DeSantis the senior vice president of AWS Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Dr. Werner Vogels, the chief technology officer of

Swami Sivasubramanian is Vice President of Amazon Machine Learning and in charge of all machine learning and artificial intelligence services, Stephen Orban is General Manager of AWS Marketplace and Control Services, Sandy Carter is Vice President of the worldwide Public Sector, Doug Yeum is head of AWS Partner Organization

Leadership sessions

Leadership sessions with a holistic vision and oriented to the future of business, on Machine learning, Analytics, Databases, Containers, IoT, Migration, Security, Compliance, Identity, Networking & Content Delivery EC2.

See content from re:Invent 2020

Breakout sessions

They are lecture-style sessions, which last one hour. These sessions take place across the re:Invent campus and cover all topics at all levels (200–400). Sessions are taught by AWS experts, customers, and partners, and typically include 10 to 15 minutes at the end for questions and answers.


These are two-hour hands-on sessions where you work as a team to solve problems using AWS services. Each workshop begins with a short lecture (10 to 15 minutes) by the keynote speaker, and the rest of the time is spent working in groups.

Chalk talks

It is a highly interactive session format with a small audience. Each begins with a short (10-15 minute) lecture by an AWS expert, followed by a 45-50 minute Q&A session with the audience. The objective is to encourage technical discussion about the architectural challenges we have faced. The talks last one hour and are expert level

Builders’ sessions

Each session begins with a brief explanation or demonstration of what you are going to build. Without this requiring a formal presentation. They must bring a laptop to build accompanied by an AWS expert.

AWS Spotlight, AWS Sandbox

Lab topics range in level from introductory to expert and take approximately 40 to 120 minutes to complete. Practice in a sandbox environment, exploring real-world cloud scenarios with step-by-step instructions in the AWS Management Console. Scenarios such as: spinning up a virtual machine or database, saving files to the cloud, and more.

AWS Certifications

To register for an exam:

  • Register to re: Invent.
  • Sign up for your AWS Certification account.
  • Select Manage PSI Exams, then select the exam and your preferred language.
  • Select the re:Invent test center at The Venetian.
  • Select United States of America, Las Vegas, NV, and November or December 2021.
  • Select your preferred day and time to complete your registration.

Sanitary Measures | USA

Special requirements due to COVID-19 to travel to the United States:

  • COVID-19 screening test, maximum three days before your flight
  • Vaccination card
  • Foreigners banned from entering the United States

Sanitary Measures | re:Invent

Special requirements due to COVID-19 to attend re:Invent:

  • All attendees must be fully vaccinated
  • 2-dose series, for the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • Face masks are required for all attendees at re:Invent.

General recommendations for in-person attendees

  • Organize the agenda before the event. The rooms have limits
  • Select a hotel from the suggested list
  • Set your clocks to local time, UTC/GMT -8h
  • Keep in mind that the average temperatures in Las Vegas for November are 16° / 8°C and in December temperatures ranging from 3°C to 10°C degrees are expected.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. Distances are greater than they seem
  • Each transfer between hotel and hotel takes approximately 20 minutes. Check out the strip map here, built by Clouxter on the routes between the venues:

How to schedule in-person sessions:

Catalog filters

Filters include price, day of the week, difficulty level, session type, topic, AWS service, and industry. To do this, go to the event, sessions section. There we will be able to see the session catalog, there is a set of filters available in the left sidebar of the catalog, which shows a variety of filters that you can use while browsing. Filters include price, day of the week, difficulty level, session type, topic, AWS service, industry, job role, by hotel.

Catalog search

We can also use the search. At the top of the session catalog, there is a search bar where you can freely enter text.

Mark as favorite

When reviewing the catalog of sessions, we can mark the sessions that interest us as favorites by clicking on the star.

Calendar organization

When selecting my favorites, I go to the “calendar” section and there I find the organization of my agenda. See the gaps, which ones are crossing my path, and verify whether or not I am contemplating the transfer times. To unfavourite, simply click on the star again.

Book a session

For events with reserved seating, when a session has seats available, the button on the session card will say “Reserve Seat.”

For sessions with a price, the button will say “buy for (price)”. Clicking buy will open the purchase form where you can complete the transaction. Once the transaction is complete, that session will show in your reservations list.

Bootcamps have an additional cost and are not included in registration. All other sessions are included. There are 5 in total

Waiting list for a session

When a session has no seats available, because capacity has already been met, the button will say “join waitlist.” If you join a waitlist for a session and a seat is available, you will be notified via email that you have been awarded that spot.

Cancel a reservation or waiting list

Once booked, you can cancel the “cancel reservation” or also “cancel waiting list”.

Recommendations on scheduling

  • Start reservations with the smallest ones: such as chalk talks, Builders’ sessions, bootcamps, because they are the first to fill up
  • Followed by Workshops and Breakout sessions.
  • There are 22 Leadership sessions, be sure to schedule at least 5
  • Keynotes cannot be reserved
  • Make sure you choose the content that has the most value for you and your business.

Links of interest:

See you in Las Vegas

AWS re:Invent 2021 will be virtual and free. To access, register here Attend virtually

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