I attended the inaugural AWS Meetup in Cambridge last night and was pleasantly surprised to see a good turn out despite the bitterly cold weather, I guess it being hosted in a microbrewery helps!
Being the first session there wasn’t any structure to the event and was more of a meet’n’greet, and to propose an agenda moving forward. The general consensus on agenda was to that we should have a combination of customer stories, how are other people in the community using AWS, AWS updates, technical workshops, networking with peers, etc.
There was a varied attendance of developers to consultants, from establish businesses to start-ups.
Key takeaways from the night for me were that there is such a wealth of AWS talent hidden away on my doorstep. Also that, despite working so hard to run up the steep learning curve that is keeping abreast of the latest technology developments, I was astonished how far behind the innovation curve I actually am.
One guy from a start-up best summarised this by saying that to be truly innovative it is best to use the very latest use technologies in order to maximise their compatibility with the innovation coming out of GitHub projects. Having spent 25 years mastering my art in IT it feels like I have spent the last few years in constant free-fall, having the stability of my competencies pulled from under my feet! 🙂
As for the AWS Meeting in Cambridge, it is always good to be part of something from the start and I look forward to meeting everyone again at the next event.
The night ended with a vista of nighttime snowfall which was quite magical and somewhat panicked my taxi driver.