VMworld 2018

I became one of a small cadre of people authorized to live-tweet from AWS-branded Twitter handles, including AWSonAir which is used for live coverage of major AWS events. My first assignment was VMworld, held that year in Las Vegas, where a big joint announcement was being made. If I recall correctly, this was the first time AWS had sent someone to do this kind of live coverage at a third-party event, though they had been covering AWS events for some time.

AWS Summit Milan 2018

In March, 2018, I spoke at the AWS Summit in Milan. That was the excuse – the real reason for the trip, in which I was joined by my BFF Sue, was to clear my remaining personal belongings out of my former home in Lecco, where my ex was (and is) still living.

Another speaker at the Summit was Tara Walker, an AWS evangelist who gave one of the best technical talks I’ve heard. I knew it was good because the audience were sitting bold upright, paying attention, rather than looking at their laptops or phones.

AWS Evangelists’ Summit 2017

I was back in Seattle six weeks after my first trip, to participate in the annual get-together of AWS evangelists from all over the world – a very fun bunch of people whose expertise and skills in sharing that expertise I quickly learned to rate very highly. Our team, Open Source Marketing (though some team members didn’t want to admit that marketing was what we were there fore) had similar tasks and skills.

We had a couple of days of presentations on upcoming services and technologies, and one of those team-builder puzzle games – which was fun, but the weather was hot and the air in Seattle very polluted from forest fires – I ended up with a miserable sinus infection.