AWS re:Invent 2019 – Highlights from AWS re:Play

This is the last of five articles in the AWS re:Invent 2019 recap series. If you missed the previous posts, you can catch up here:

  1. AWS re:Invent 2019 – Highlights from Machine Learning Workshops on Day One
  2. AWS re:Invent 2019 – Highlights from AWS Product Releases on Day Two
  3. AWS re:Invent 2019 – Highlights from Machine Learning Workshops on Day Three
  4. AWS re:Invent 2019 – Highlights from Day Four

Panoramic’s Senior Data Scientist Nik Buenning recaps notable moments from the closing event, AWS re:Play, held at AWS re:Invent 2019.

The fourth day, and in many ways the conference, ended with a big party at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on the north side of The Strip. The Panoramic team enjoyed the evening playing in the pixel piston (the jumpy castle), the nonotak race, and taking part in some interactive tech-driven-art. 

We also participated in an intense game of broomball. The Panoramic broomball team, aka “the black team”, held strong against their rival “white team”, though the exact final score of the broomball game is still an ongoing debate.

Live music, food, and beverages were also highlights of the party.  My personal food favorite was the fried peanut butter and jelly, though the grilled cheese with braised short ribs were quite tasty as well.   

Towards the end of the evening, there was a drone show to honor women in tech. If you’ve never seen one of these before, and it was my first, it is similar to a fireworks display in many ways, but without the loud bangs, and the glowing lights (which are really just drones), are all one network and have the capability to synchronize with each other to make exhilarating shapes and visuals (e.g., the planet Earth). The display, party, and conference in general was educational, riveting, and inspiring. Well done AWS.