AWSome Day Belgrade 2019

When you are a company competing in a cloud computing market it is key to reach out to your users, share your novel products and gather feedback from them. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a company that leads the cloud computing market and  certainly can be used as a role model when it comes to organizing user-centric events.

At AWS there are a number of event levels. From events like re:Invent, which is one of the largest conferences in the world, which brings 50,000 people to Las Vegas, over AWS Summits, which happen in major cities across the world, all the way to local one day events like AWSome Days. On 24th of September 2019 AWSome Day came to Belgrade and it was a great opportunity for AWS enthusiasts to hear talks directly from AWS business people and solutions architects.

The event was organized in collaboration between Yiannis Nasios, Territory Manager CEE / South at Amazon Web Services and technical experts from AWS and and from our delivery partner, Fast Lane.

Program included both business talks and technical talks, out of which two talks stood out - Deep Dive on Serverless Architectures by Nemanja Kostić and AWS Purpose-built Database Strategy by Darko Mesaroš by receiving the biggest applause by the audience.

Event was also supported by AWS User Group Belgrade whose members (including myself) put up a community booth in the hall. We developed a small quiz app using AWS Amplify and gave out a book and some AWS branded T-shirts to contestants with best scores. Additionally, we gave a demo on building Amplify applications and conducted interviews with speakers at the event.

It was a really important event which showed that local business and development community really is interested in what AWS has to say. The number of 700 registered attendees is what gives us hope that perhaps an AWS Summit event will come to our city in the coming years.