Moderated by AWS Heroes

Conference content is curated by leading AWS advocates who have been recognised and awarded by the global
AWS Community Hero program.

Sponsors

As a community-led conference we thank our commercial sponsors for supporting this event.

People

Join well-known leaders, experts and pioneers from the world of AWS as we celebrate Innovation amongst the local AWS Community.

Abby Fuller

Abby Fuller

Principal Technologist, AWS


Abby is a principal technologist / software engineer / container fan at AWS.

Colm Mac Cárthaigh

Colm Mac Cárthaigh

Snr Principal Engineer, AWS

Colm spends most of his time on EC2 Networking, high availability, security services.

He is also an Apache contributor/foundation member, a Linux fan and a musician. 

John Romero

John Romero

Co-founder, Romero Games

Computer Game Legend.
John is best known as a co-founder of id Software and was a designer for many of their games, including Doom and Quake.

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Lisa Zychowski

Lisa Zychowski

CEO Soiléir Foods

Soiléir believes in the power of plant proteins, whole grain nutrition and unique bacterial cultures to create yogurts with 75% less CO2 than normal dairy yoghurt.

Winner of Startup Weekend in Cork 2019, Lisa is using AWS to scale her companywill join us at the AWS Tech Slam! to talk about her amazing plant food company.

Jan-Pieter Nentwig

Jan-Pieter Nentwig

Director of Enterprise, Interxion


Jan-Pieter Nentwig is responsible for the Enterprise Direct Segment for Strategy and Marketing at Interxion, covering all enterprise markets across geographies. Previously he has worked at Thomson Reuters at the interface of data and technology, focusing on the financial services industry

Seamus Dunne

Seamus Dunne

Managing Director, Interxion


Before joining Interxion Séamus held a number of different roles within Hewlett-Packard, where his last position was Vice President and General Manager with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise based in both the USA and Ireland

 

Laura McFarland

Laura McFarland

Software Engineer, Liberty IT

Laura is a software engineer at Liberty IT and a speaker at Re:invent 2018. Laura recently implemented a large Converstaional AI solution for Liberty.

Alan Kiernan

Alan Kiernan

CTO, Co-founder Cation Consulting


AWS Certified Solutions Architect & Developer, Certified Scrum Master, AWS SME, AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder
 

Delivering Across: Cloud Systems & Solutions Engineering, Performance Engineering, Operations, Voice & Conversational AI.

Brian Scanlan

Brian Scanlan

Principle Systems Engineer, Intercom


Cloud, Linux and Network Engineering. Building performant, scalable and secure Systems. Troubleshooting large scale outages. Team leading and people management

Dave Isbitski

Dave Isbitski

Global Evangelist, Alexa


Chief Evangelist, Alexa at Amazon.
Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, Voicebot.ai Top Influencer in Voice 2019

 

Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero

Romero Games


BAFTA award winning game designer, writer, Empire of Sin Game Director.

 

Luciano Mammino

Luciano Mammino

Cloud Architect with Vectra.ai

 

Luciano is Author of Node.js: Design patterns & Creator & Maintainer of Fullstack Bulletin.

 

Eoin Connolly

Eoin Connolly

Technology Director, Consensys


Eoin is Technology Director of Consensys, leading a team of blockchain specialists to help bring about the decentralised future. He works primarily to deliver large-scale Ethereum-based blockchain projects to enterprise clients, turning the disruptive potential of blockchain into functioning, global, decentralised platforms.

 

Richard Nunan

Richard Nunan

CEO, DNM


As CEO of DNM, Richard guides an innovative and high performing team of AWS professionals. DNM is an AWS Premier Partner and Data and Analytics solution provider.

 

Gillian McCann

Gillian McCann

Head of Cloud Engineering & AI, Workgrid Software

 

Gillian is Co-founder of Workgrid Software and AWS Community Hero in Machine Learning

Fabio Douek

Fabio Douek

Head of Cloud Architecture, Singlepoint

Fabio is a hands-on AWS Cloud Architect / DevOps who is AWS Certified (x 9)

Fabio consults with customers and manages talented cloud teams for Singlepoint.

Bryan Chasko

Bryan Chasko

CTO Electronic Caregiver


The AWS Hero for AR/VR, Bryan currently leads a team of Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, 3D artists, AI Experts, Connected Device Engineers, and Computer Scientists, developing virtual caregiving and health monitoring systems

 

Niall Maher

Niall Maher

Product Manager, Singlepoint

 

 Helping Businesses Grow by Delivering Digital Transformation | Web Apps | Project Planning | User Experience

Keith Lynch

Keith Lynch

Country Manager Red Hat

Keith heads up Red Hat in Ireland. Keith believes that Open Source principles applied to culture can be as much a catalyst for change in people and process as they are when applied to technology. 

German Viscuso

German Viscuso

Alexa Evangelist EU

German is a huge fan of ASR/NLU technologies and VUI/VUX and will lead the Alexa Workshop for
AWS Community Day.

Antonio Senatore

Antonio Senatore

Director, Global CTO - Deloitte Blockchain


As CTO, Antonio leads in technology research, technology roadmap, lab technical architecture and infrastructure definition, as well as the Lab technical operating model. 

Alan McSherry

Alan McSherry

Openstar.io - Product Development

Alan McSherry is a software consultant and the lead of the Openstar platform initiative. Alan has presented on Blockchain technology everywhere from New York to Hong Kong and has led teams which have built several full open source blockchain nodes in the scala language.

Marcelo Flores Manrique

Marcelo Flores Manrique

Developer, Verizon Connect

Senior software Engineer at Verizon Connect, with expertise in Distributed Architecture, microservices, Java, C#, Python, AWS, devops, big data and passionate about innovation projects.
Over 13 years of experience working for several companies, from Telemetry to E-Commerce and Oil & Gas.

Rob Jennings

Rob Jennings

Founder, Hestio

Robert Jennings – Co-Founder of Hestio, a new AWS Consulting Partner in the Irish market.

More speakers are being added all the time

At a glance

A Full-Day Learning Conference for 500 Engineers and Executives who are navigating the AWS Cloud.

Held in the prestigious venue of Dublin Castle, this community-led conference is designed to inspire, educate and bring developer and IT communities together through technical discussions, hands-on labs, live demos, mentor sessions and networking opportunities. 

Learn new stuff. Make new contacts. Get Inspired.

 

Why Attend?

Agenda

The Agenda is moderated by AWS Community Heroes.

Community Day Agenda.

08.00 – 09.00 Registration
Welcome and Networking
09.00 – 09.15 Conference Open
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe
Welcome
Keith Lynch, Country Manager Red Hat, Headline Sponsor of AWS Community Day Dublin.
Abby Fuller of AWS & Colm Mac Cárthaigh, AWS
09.15 – 09.45

“Modernizing Home & Health using AR/VR, Serverless and IoT”
– Bryan Chasko, AWS Community Hero for AR/VR

The AWS Hero for AR/VR, Bryan currently leads a team of Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, 3D artists, AI Experts, Connected Device Engineers, and Computer Scientists, developing virtual caregiving and health monitoring systems.

09.45 – 10.35

SERVERLESS Panel – “Serverless Insights – Taking Serverless to the next level”
Moderated by Abby Fuller, AWS

– Luciano Mammino, Vectra
– Fabio Douek, Singlepoint
– Chris Paton, Johnson Controls
– Eoin Shanaghy, fourTheorem
– Gillian McCann

10.35  – 10.55 BREAK 
10.55 – 11.25 “Anchoring the Cloud: How Enterprises can regain control over Networking”
– Séamus Dunne & Jan-Pieter Nentwig of Interxion
11:25 – 12.00

“Fresh perspectives on diversity & inclusivity in tech”
Brenda RomeroGames Designer 

Brenda is a BAFTA award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright award recipient and has worked on 47 titles. She’s received numerous prestigious accolades, such as the Ambassador’s Award at the Game Developers Choice Award.  In this talk Brenda offers her unique perspectives on diversity & inclusivity in tech.

12:00 – 12:40 “Developing Doom. Programming Principles from the early days of ID Software”
John Romero, Creator of Doom
12.40 – 13.10 LUNCH
13.10 – 13.40 Emerging Frontiers for Conversational AI.
– Dave Isbitski, Global Chief Evangelist Alexa
13.40 – 14.10 Red Hat, Keith Lynch
14.10 – 14.40 Intercom. Building a Global Tech Firm, founded on Engineering Principles
– Brian Scanlan, Engineering Manager, Intercom
14.40-15.10 “Enabling Security Architecture Reviews with Continuous Compliance Assessments of AWS deployments”
– Chris Beckett, Checkpoint
15.10-15.30 BREAK –
15.30-16.00 “Data Modernisation and AWS – Techniques & Insights”
– Richard Nunan, DNM
16.00-16.30  “Real Time Processing using Lambda and Kinesis.”
– Marcelo Flores Manrique
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16.30-17.00 Prizes & DOOM Deathmatch!
17.10-18.30 SOCIAL EVENT & NETWORKING

 

AWS Dev Workshops

 Hands-on AWS Labs are practical learning sessions featuring real world use cases.
Spaces are limited.
Workshops will be delivered by community experts, and you never know who might drop in to help out.
To book a workshop, please ensure the relevant Lab is included on your ticket when booking your Conference ticket.

09:15 – 10:55


Blockchain & Cloud: Not an Anti-Pattern, – Developing for Blockchain 
by Antonio Senatore of Deloitte

To Register for this workshop, click here

Introduction to Deloitte Blockchain Lab, What is Blockchain, Examples of Blockchain that have been deployed and Build a Blockchain App on AWS

Learn how to use AWS Blockchain templates to provide create and deploy secure blockchain networks using popular open source frameworks. Learn how to deploy the blockchain framework you choose as containers on an Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) cluster, or directly on an EC2 instance running Docker.

Antonio Senatore

Antonio is currently CTO of the Deloitte Global Blockchain team and co-leads the EMEA Blockchain lab in Dublin. He is responsible for leading the technology roadmap and strategy in the Blockchain space, along with the development of multiple projects and client engagements.

Developer requirements: AWS Developer Account, Fully charged laptop
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate

10:55 – 12.40

“The Robots are Coming. The Anatomy of an Enterprise Chatbot and the Rise of Conversational AI”, by Alan Kiernan.

To Register for this workshop, click here

Build an enterprise-ready chatbot from the ground up. Extend functionality to integrate with Ryanair’s Developer API and obtain flight prices in real time. 

Chatbots are ubiquitous. Chances are you interacted with one recently when you booked a flight or when you ordered some food. In this workshop you will learn how to design and build an enterprise-ready chatbot. Learn the pitfalls to avoid and get valuable insights on how to improve overall performance.

Developer requirements: AWS Developer Account.

Alan Kiernan is CTO and Co-founder of Cation Dynamics a Dublin headquartered AWS Consulting Partner company providing Solutions & Consulting Services for Voice & AI, IaaS, PaaS, & SasS,Ops, DevOps, Security, Performance Engineering and APM.

Alan builds automated Chatbot solutions for enterprise which support millions of customer interactions each month.

Alan is an AWS certified engineer and is a regular presenter at AWS User Groups and Alexa Devs meetups.

13:10 – 15:10

“Serverless, the Middy Way.”

“Middy – the stylish Node.js middleware engine for AWS Lambda”, by Luciano Mammino

One of the main strengths of serverless and AWS Lambda is that, from a developer perspective, your focus is mostly shifted toward implementing business logic. Anyway, when you are writing an handler, you still have to deal with some common technical concerns outside business logic, like input parsing and validation, output serialization, error handling, etc.

Very often, all this necessary code ends up polluting the pure business logic code in your handlers, making the code harder to read and to maintain. In other contexts, like generic web frameworks (express, fastify, hapi, etc.), this problem has been solved using the middleware pattern.

Middy brings the middleware pattern into AWS Lambda making it easier to focus on business logic and to reuse  boilerplate code across different functions.

Luciano Mammino

I started coding early at the age of 12, hacking away with my father’s old i386 armed only with MS-DOS and the QBasic interpreter and I have been professionally a software developer for more than 10 years.

I am currently a Cloud Architect at Vectra AI in Dublin where I am working on automating the hunt for cyberattackers and speeding-up incident response.

I love the fullstack web, Node.js and Serverless so I co-authored the book Node.js design patterns, launched FullStack Bulletin (a semi-automated newsletter for Fullstack developers) and ServerlessLab (in-house serverless training).

If you are interested in knowing more about my professional experience and skills you can check out my LinkedIn or my GitHub profile.

Developer requirements: These will be emailed to registered attendees.

 

15:10 – 16:30

Serverless Dev Lab #2 – SLIC STARTER by Eoin Shanaghy

SLIC Starter is a complete starter project for production-grade serverless applications on AWS

This lab is a hands-on session that uses the open-source SLIC Starter application to bootstrap a complete, production-grade serverless application in AWS!

The work will cover:
– Application architecture
– Design of the continuous deployment pipeline
– Local development environment
– Logging and monitoring
– Automated end-to-end testing
– Tooling; Serverless Framework and CDK

 

As regards technical requirements for workshop participants.

  • A GitHub account
  • Access to an AWS account
  • A laptop with Node.js v8 or later and Serverless Framework 1.51 or later installed

Participants might benefit from a bit of advance preparation, just to avoid delays on the day fetching dependencies over the network. The steps below are provided for anyone who has the chance to run them.

  1. Go to https://github.com/fourTheorem/slic-starter
  2. Fork the repository in your own account
  3. Clone the repository
  4. run the ./util/install_packages.sh script (Unix shell users). This will run npm install for a number of subfolders

 

That’s it!

 

TECH SLAM ROOM
AM:
Alexa Workshop
PM: Tech Slam + Talk + Blockchain Panel

09.15 – 11.25

Alexa – “Voice Experiences You Can Also Touch”

by
* German Viscuso, AWS Evangelist
* Dave Isbitski, Global Evangelist for Amazon Alexa

During this workshop you will learn how to create rich interactive displays for Alexa. You will also learn how to integrate In-Skill Purchasing and Amazon Pay with your skill.

Voice is the most natural form of interaction. But in a voice-first world, visuals can enhance interactions with Alexa-enabled devices. By combining visual elements with voice experiences, developers can expand the possibilities of what their skills can do.

Alexa-enabled devices have varying display sizes and shapes, purposes, and hardware limitations. For example, while using a skill on an Echo Spot or Fire TV may have similar spoken interactions for a customer, interactivity and information rendered on the screen may vary drastically depending on the device features.

With Alexa Presentation Language (APL), you can build skills with voice and visual experiences that use conditional layouts and data binding. With APL you now have the power and flexibility to build multimodal skills with many visual elements–including graphics, images, and slide shows–and to customize the output for different devices.

German Viscuso

German is an Alexa Evangelist. He began his professional career as a software developer and then focused on developer advocacy roles. His main interests include voice technologies (ASR / NLU and VUI / VUX design)

Developer Requirements:

* Fully charged laptop
* Please review APL in advance of workshop:
* An Amazon developer account
* An AWS developer account

11.25am-12pm

 BLOCKCHAIN PANEL
Moderated by Colm Mac Cárthaigh, AWS

– Antonio Senatore, Director of Technology EMA, Deloitte Blockchain

– Alan McSherry, Openstar.ie


1.10pm-2.10pm

TECH SLAM

Tech Slam is our AWS Soapbox – it’s where speakers address the audience armed only with a microphone and something to say!  Got a story to tell about a project you’re proud of? How about something you’d like to add to the AWS product Wishlist. Or maybe you’re trying to recruit a co-founder to your cause! What about your view of where AI will be in 5 years time. 

You get the idea.

To participate in the Tech Slam put your name down at the Registration Desk.

Alan MacSherry, OpenStar.io
Gillian McCann, AWS Community Hero, Workgrid
Bryan Chasko, Electronic Caregiver
Dave Isbitski, Global Evangelist, Alexa
Abby Fuller, AWS
John Gough, Hertz, “Machine Learning with Telematics Data”
Marcelo Flores Manrique “
Robert Jennings, Hestio
Brendan O’Reilly, Daysha DevOps
Chris Paton, Johnson Controls
Morten Jensen, Virtuability
Simon Whittaker
Niall Haslam, Axial3D

2.10pm-2.55pm

SUPERPANEL – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Discussion Panel

“AI Insights – The AI Revolution and the Road to SuperIntelligence”,

Moderated by Colm Mac Cárthaigh, AWS

– Dave Isbitski, Global Chief Evangelist, Alexa
– Bryan Chasko, Electronic Caregiver
– Gavin O’Duffy, Head of Tools & Services Strategy, Alexa Voice Service at Amazon
– Laura McFarland, LibertyIT and Re:invent speaker
– Gillian McCann, AWS Community Hero, Machine Learning
– Alan Kiernan, Cation Dynamics

3.30pm – 4pm CLOSED / PRESS ROOM

 

AWS Mentors

“Ask an Architect” brought to the next level!

We’ve put together a panel of experts across a range of disciplines and subject matters, both technical and non-technical. Need to speak to a marketing expert about your cloud product? Or a legal person about a data privacy? How about a HR specialist who can help you hire better?

AWS Community Mentors will be available to meet with delegates to assist with
technical and/or business objectives.

A full list of Mentors will be available at the event along with scheduled ‘Community Service’ times. Mentors will also wear special coloured lanyards throughout the event so you can approach them with your queries at any point of the day!

Networking+Social

 When all is said and done, it’s time to network!

Workshop 01: "Serverless - the Middy Way"

Luciano Massimino

Middy brings the middleware pattern into AWS Lambda making it easier to focus on business logic and to reuse boilerplate code across different functions.

 

Workshop 02: "Blockchain & Cloud - Not an Anti-Pattern"

Antonio Senatore of Deloitte

Learn how to use AWS Blockchain templates to provide create and deploy secure blockchain networks using popular open source frameworks. Learn how to deploy the blockchain framework you choose as containers on an Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) cluster, or directly on an EC2 instance running Docker

 

Workshop 03: "Conversational AI - Anatomy of an Enterprise Chatbot"

Alan Kiernan 

Build an enterprise-ready chatbot from the ground up. Extend functionality to integrate with Ryanair’s Developer API and obtain flight prices in real time.

 

Workshop 04: "Alexa - Building Superior Voice Experiences "

German Viscuso

Voice is the most natural form of interaction. But in a voice-first world, visuals can enhance interactions with Alexa-enabled devices. By combining visual elements with voice experiences, developers can expand the possibilities of what their skills can do.

 

Conference Tracks

3-Track agenda includes Hands-on Labs (4), Tech Talks (18), Mentors (25). There will also be plenty of Food, Drink, a 500-person Networking Event and…..’AWS Sourced’ Live Music. 

AWS Talks

Moderated by AWS Community Heroes, hear Insightful Talks by AWS industry leaders, pioneers, influencers and innovators.

AWS Hands-On Labs

We’re running 2-Hour practical workshops in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Serverless. You’ll need a laptop and a deep seated desire to build something awesome!

AWS Community Mentors

Want to grow a Startup using AWS? Have questions about AWS & the Enterprise? Wondering how to build a career as an AWS engineer? Our Mentors have all the answers!