Metal Toad Blog

Learn more about the latest Media & Entertainment industry and AWS trends from the Metal Toad blog. If you prefer to browse by category, all of our posts are organized under the help section.

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COVID19 and the Impact on Business

Well, it's been an interesting 9 weeks. Right?
Jonathan Mills
May 22nd, 2020
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Hackathon Collaboration with Live Share on Visual Studio

One of the challenges of participating remotely in a Hackathon is the ability to cooperate with your team in anything like being there in person. No looking over someone's shoulder. No borrowing the keyboard to fill in a bit…
Michael Ellis
May 15th, 2020
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AWS MediaLive + Drones = Hackathon Fun

Hackathons!  Weeeeeee!!!!!  Am I right? I work in tech and I love it!  I do not come from a technical background.  Nope.  I have decades of business management experience under my belt which helps me navigate...
Ali Meechoovet
May 14th, 2020
YouToad Blog

Project YouToad: AWS Media Services + AWS Amplify

Introduction For the first Metal Toad hackathon of 2020, our goal was to build a web based social media platform for on demand video using AWS Media Services and AWS Amplify. Amplify allows users to store media in s3…
Joe Matthies
May 12th, 2020
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Metal Toad & AWS Media Services: What We Hacked

Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 am: Toads are poised at the starting line. Metal Toad’s AWS Media Services hackathon is about to begin!  
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
May 12th, 2020
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Metal Toad Office in Beverly Hills

After several years of operating in Los Angeles, in the nearby Century City neighborhood, Metal Toad has moved its central Los Angeles AWS Cloud Consulting operation to the city of Beverly Hills.
Joaquin Lippincott
May 10th, 2020
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How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business

Cloud is not the first (and probably not the last) disruptor to business via software.  Over the past 50 years or so there have been four major epochs of software, with Cloud being the latest. SaaS software is dying and the…
Joaquin Lippincott
May 9th, 2020
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Lambda: javascript vs python

For this hackathon we created a product, YouToad, using Amplify (S3, React, Lambda) and AWS Elemental MediaConvert. Since we were using React and I wanted to learn JavaScript.
Nathan Wilkerson
May 8th, 2020
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Metal Toad Hackathon - A unique (non-technical) experience

Have you ever felt happy, nervous, motivated and excited in just 48 hours? If your answer is no you have never participated in a hackathon before!
Marilia Bedoya
May 8th, 2020
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Metal Toad’s AWS Media Services Hackathon

This is an exciting week at Metal Toad—it’s hackathon time! Twice a year, the Toads devote two full days to rapid innovation, and it’s always a blast. And since we’ve been a remote-first company since last fall, we’re well…
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
May 6th, 2020
Bill Martin Editorial

Cloud + Live Events

As CIO at sports and music entertainment giant AEG, Bill Martin drives the convergence of business and technology to deliver innovative success. Bill and I got together to talk about how businesses are actualizing the…
Joaquin Lippincott
April 23rd, 2020
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The Value of Values

Given the times it seems appropriate to lean back into some of the unique aspects of Metal Toad's work culture that I've had time to observe. In my role as Director of Accounts I hold space in both sales and account support…
Jonathan Mills
April 7th, 2020

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