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Farewell 2020

Farewell 2020

On New Years Eve, from the comfort of my couch, I watched the “Good Riddance 2020” Pink Martini streaming event on OPB. 2021 had felt as though it was taking its own sweet time to arrive, and you could feel the anticipatory…
Sonali Sampat
January 6th, 2021
AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent announcements 2020

Things are a little different this year at AWS re:Invent, but one thing remained unchanged: Andy Jassy’s AWS 2020 re:Invent keynote was packed with exciting announcements!
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
January 1st, 2021
Work From Home

Takeaways from 2020

This was a bizarre year that delivered a mix of stress and opportunities. I found new hobbies, new tricks for remote working, and new ways of managing business. Below are some highlights of 2020:
Tony Rost
December 28th, 2020
To Blog or Not to Blog

To Blog or Not to Blog

For someone who does not consider himself much of a writer, “To Blog or Not to Blog?” is a question of Shakesperian proportions. I have questions — so many questions. What would I write about? Would anyone care?
Bob Fiorella
December 28th, 2020
Networking

I Suppose 2020 Wasn't All Bad

Oh, 2020. How glad I will be to see it end. But.
Irina Goldman
December 24th, 2020
Top 5 Lessons

Top Five Lessons I Learned in 2020

Saying this has been an incredibly difficult year is an understatement. Both personally and professionally, we were all stretched, challenged, and shaped in ways we never foresaw.
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
December 23rd, 2020
2020 Hackathon group

Metal Toad’s Remote Work 2020 AWS Hackathon: Outcomes & Innovations

The dust has settled at the Toads’ biannual hackathon, and what a ride it was! After 48 hours of designing, building, learning, and collaborating—plus an undisclosed amount of coffee—four teams created four working…
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
December 23rd, 2020
AWS re:Invent

Top 3 AWS re:Invent 2020 announcements

Last week AWS wrapped up their latest AWS re:Invent Conference. This year it was a three week online event with multiple tracks, re-broadcasts, and announcements. This year, there were the usual announcements of improvements…
Nathan Wilkerson
December 21st, 2020
Team Passive Piglet

AWS Chime: Lessons learned

A lot has changed during 2020. One is the number of people working remotely. That’s the Q4 hackathon theme was “Remote Work in 2020”. We wanted to break into teams and see what we could do in just a few days.
Nathan Wilkerson
December 21st, 2020
Santa Party

Remote Work 2020 Hackathon: Branded Video Chat Software

What was the challenge/problem your team wanted to solve? Santa Claus was exposed to COVID-19 via contact with an elf that tested positive.  To reduce risk, Santa went into a mandatory two week quarantine.  
Tony Rost
December 21st, 2020
Video Streaming + Cloud Artwork

Video Streaming + Cloud

Executive Interview with Joachim Bergman, CEO/COO at 24i. Joachim Bergman has been leading tech innovation for over two decades, with a focus on media and entertainment tech for leading enterprises like Ericsson. Joachim…
Joaquin Lippincott
December 21st, 2020
Metadata in the Cloud Artwork

Metadata in the Cloud

Executive Interview with Rob Tucker, Founder of META. With over 15 years innovating tech solutions in media and entertainment, Rob Tucker leverages his technical expertise and industry insights to help broadcasters and…
Joaquin Lippincott
December 16th, 2020

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