In 2017, AWS will host almost 30 Summits across the globe, providing both new and experienced users with the opportunity to engage with the world’s largest Cloud provider. In its own words, the AWS Global Summits are designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform and offer existing customers deep technical content to be more successful with AWS. In case those aren’t reasons enough to attend, we’re giving you 5 reasons why your AWS Summit is worth the investment.

1. Learn something new

AWS adds new features and capabilities daily. Attending an AWS Summit will give you the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other AWS users and experts. The one hour breakout sessions are allocated by topic area, to give you detailed instruction on your chosen area. Whether you’re looking to dive into security, big data, core services or more, your only concern will be fitting it all into your schedule.

2. Get hands on training & test your skills

The two-hour workshops, capped at 80 attendees, offer the best opportunity to get hands on training from AWS experts. Want to put your skills to the test? Join the Security Jam, sponsored by Trend Micro and Splunk, and navigate through a series of challenges related to incident response, forensics and security automation. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the day.

3. Catch the Keynote

The AWS Summit has been known to host big names for their keynote presentations. AWS executives and customers alike add their perspective on the future of cloud environments. Don’t be surprised if AWS Summit San Francisco 2017 featured Keynote speakers Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS and Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO have a few announcements of their own. The Keynote is often the preferred platform for big announcements, so make sure to get a front row seat.

4. Meet AWS & partner staff

One of the big perks of AWS Summits is the opportunity to network with AWS and partner staff. Whether by engaging in Demos or conversations in the HUB, you will get the most out of the summit by taking advantage of the on-site talent. Stop by the Trend Micro booth to have all your AWS security questions answered by our engineers and view the newest features in Deep Security 10.

5. It’s free!

If you don’t already have enough reasons to attend an AWS Summit, the exceptionally low price is certain to be a selling point. Included in the free Summit registration is access to the Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Partner & Solutions Expo Hall and the Cloud Lounge, as well as, receptions held within the Partner & Solutions Expo Hall.

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