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AWS reInvent: what to expect 2021

As an award-winning AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and AWS managed services provider, we are pumped about the

As an award-winning AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and AWS managed services provider, we are pumped about the 2021 AWS re:Invent conference! This event is the place to be for leading-edge cloud learning and collaboration, with expert sessions, hands-on workshops, breakout sessions for networking—and, of course, the big announcements about new AWS tech.

With the flexibility of this year’s hybrid in-person and online format, every single member of our team can attend sessions—just one of the ways we build innovation into the bones of everything we do. Whether you’re an engineer, a business leader, or just getting started in the cloud, this is your chance to discover everything re:Invent has to offer. If you'll be joining in Las Vegas, the full conference pass is $1,799. If you'll be attending virtually, which offers access to live keynotes, leadership sessions, and on-demand breakout sessions it’s free! Read on for details, register for the conference, and we’ll “see” you there!

What is AWS re:Invent?

AWS re:Invent is the biggest, most influential conference in the cloud space. It’s also a total blast, with product launches, games and competitions, learning sessions in over 50 content tracks (multiple language options), and unbeatable networking opportunities. 

Check out the How to re:Invent 2020 video for tips and tricks for getting the most out of your experience. 

AWS CEO Andy Jassy Speaking at re:Invent 2020
AWS CEO Andy Jassy Speaking at re:Invent 2020

How many people attend AWS re:Invent?

AWS re:Invent began in 2012 as a relatively small event with around 6,000 attendees, dominated by startups and emerging technology partners. Fast forward—the conference has grown to ten times the size (60,000+ attendees in 2019!), with an emphasis on all-in enterprise adoption of AWS. Attendance for this year (2021) is expected to be around 28,000 - about half of 2019's numbers.

When is AWS re:Invent?

The 2021 event runs for one week:Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3. Keynotes will be tailored for multiple time zones.

How much is AWS re:Invent?

For the second year, a virtual pass is free! The only “cost” is your time—and it’s well worth it.

If you'll be joining in Las Vegas, the full conference pass is $1,799.

Where is AWS re:Invent?

If attending in person, re:Invent is held on the Las Vegas strip. If you are attending virtually, right from your desk, couch, or the beach.

Is it worth it to attend AWS re:Invent?

Absolutely. This is the premier cloud event of the year, and offers unmatched opportunities to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies, further your education, and get hands-on experience. You’ll also see presentations on how the world’s biggest brands are innovating in the cloud—not surprisingly, we’re especially excited about sessions from major M&E players like Disney and Fox.

The lineup includes re:Invent favorites (like DeepRacer), plus new and expanded offerings. Here are a few things you’ll definitely want to check out.


  • Keynotes from AWS on cutting edge-tech and industry trends
  • Leadership sessions on tons of hot topics
  • Breakout groups and Q&A sessions
  • Expert learning lounges
  • Builders’ Fair with presentations and Q&A
  • AWS product announcements (engineers, are you salivating yet?)

Training and certification 

  • Exam readiness sessions
  • Remote certification exams and hands-on labs

Hands-on learning and fun

Performances and entertainment

  • Cooking demos

Who are the keynote speakers

We’re looking forward to five fantastic keynotes this year from some of the biggest names in cloud. 

  • Adam Selipsky, Chief Executive Officer, Amazon Web Services
  • Peter DeSantis, SVP, AWS Infra & Support, Infrastructure Leadership
  • Dr. Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer,
  • Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President, Amazon Machine Learning
  • Doug Yeum, Head of AWS Partner Organization, Sandy Carter, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector Partners and Programs, and Stephen Orban, General Manager of AWS Marketplace and Control Services
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels speaking at re:Invent 2019
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels speaking at re:Invent 2019


Who’s going to re:Invent? 

As you can see, there’s a ton of opportunities for learning, networking, inspiration, and fun—truly something for everyone in the cloud space. So as for who’s going: business leaders, tech gurus, cloud innovators....the entire Metal Toad team...and, we hope, you! 


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