DevFest 2019: It’s time for Latin America!

DevFest bannerPosted by Mariela Altamirano, Community Manager for Latin America with Grant Timmerman, Developer Programs Engineer and Mete Atamel, Developer Advocate

DevFest season is always full of lively surprises with enchanting adventures right around the corner. Sometimes these adventures are big: attending a DevFest in the Caribbean, in the heart of the amazon jungle, or traveling more than 3,000 meters above sea level to discover the beautiful South American highlands. Other times they are small but precious: unlocking a new way of thinking that completely shifts how you code.

October marks the beginning of our DevFest 2019 season in Latin America, where all of these experiences become a reality thanks to the efforts of our communities.

What makes DevFests in LATAM different? Our community is free spirited, eager to explore the natural landscapes we call home, proud of our deep cultural diversity, and energized by our big cities. At the same time, we are connected to the tranquil spirit of our small towns. This year, we hope to reflect this way of life through our 55 official Latin America DevFests.

During the season, Latin America will open its doors to Google Developer Experts, Women Techmakers, Googlers, and other renowned speakers, to exchange ideas on Google products such as Android, TensorFlow, Flutter, Google Cloud Platform. Activities include, hackathons, codelabs and training sessions. This season, we will be joined by Googlers Grant Timmerman and Mete Atamel.

Grant is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google where he works on Cloud Functions, Cloud Run, and other serverless technologies on Google Cloud Platform. He loves open source, Node, and plays the alto saxophone in his spare time. During his time in Latin America, he’ll be discussing all things serverless at DevFests and Cloud Summits in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.

Grant Timmerman, developer programs engineer

Mete Atamel, developer advocate

Mete is a Developer Advocate based in London. He focuses on helping developers with Google Cloud. At DevFest Sul in Floripa and other conferences and meetups throughout Brazil in October, he’ll be talking about serverless containers using Knative and Cloud Run. He first visited the region back in 2017 when he visited Sao Paulo

Afterwards, he went to Rio de Janeiro and immediately fell in love with the city, its friendly people and its positive vibe. Since then, he spoke at a number of conferences and meetups in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, and always has been impressed with the eagerness of people to learn more.

This year we will be visiting new countries such as Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana, Honduras, Venezuela and Ecuador that have created their first GDG (Google Developer Group) communities. Most of these new communities are celebrating their first DevFest! We’ll also be hosting diversity and inclusion events, so keep an eye out for more details!

We thank everyone for being a part of DevFest and our community.

We hope you join us!



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2019 AWS re:Invent Ultimate Guide

The tips, tricks, and insider hints for the 2019 AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas from December 2–6, 2019

AWS re:Invent is taking place December, 2—6, 2019 in Las Vegas. Yet again, this promises to be the biggest cloud event of the year. Last year’s event was amazing. “Jam packed” doesn’t even begin to describe it — and yet, somehow this year is sure to be even better!

This guide will grow as we get closer to the show. Please check back regularly for updates! Ping me @marknca if you spot a problem or if something is missing.

In the meantime, you can sign up with AWS to receive conference updates — including a notification when registration opens.

Registration & Lodging

First up is registration. It opens 21-May-2019.

No official word on hotel rooms yet this year but last year and for the last couple of years, the conference room rates have been tied to registration. This means if you want to get a well positioned hotel room at the lowest rate possible, you want to register as quickly as possible.

These hotel room blocks disappear quickly. Making sure you have everything lined up for the 21st of May is a smart idea.

The official campus hasn’t been published yet but last year (2018) it was spread across seven properties with room blocks at an additional seven.

The challenge — as with last year — is that you will need to hop between venues throughout the week. The good news? These are all nice properties and it’s hard to go wrong.

Content in 2018 was divided among all of the seven main properties with breakouts from every track hosted in each location. The two big stand outs for events were the Quad—hosted at the Aria—and the Expo—hosted at The Venetian/Palazzo.

This guide will grow as we get closer to the show. Please check back regularly for updates! Ping me @marknca if you spot a problem or if something is missing.

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