Serverless-First Function

Thursday, May 21 and Thursday, May 28
8:00 AM–12:30 PM (PST) | 11:00 AM–3:30 PM (EST)


A Set of Virtual Events

Join us for the inaugural AWS Serverless-First Function, a set of virtual events designed to provide you, your team, and your organization the latest education and thought leadership material about serverless approaches on AWS. Two free-of-charge virtual events will be held in May and will focus on important aspects of a successful serverless approach: Serverless for your Organization and Serverless for your Application.

To join Serverless for your Organization on Thursday, May 21 and Serverless for your Application on Thursday, May 28, please register below.

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Serverless for your Organization


Learn real-world tactics for transforming your organization to get the most out of the cloud. Technical leaders, market analysts, and more will discuss serverless best practices, organizational lessons, and the latest in the industry.

Serverless for your Application


Consider this event your complete builder’s guide to serverless applications. Join us for a full day of incremental, hands-on sessions that demonstrate end-to-end best practices for building serverless applications.

Who should attend?

If you’re a business leader interested in bringing the benefits of serverless to your organization, an engineering manager looking to educate your team, or a developer interested in influencing org-wide technical decisions, we think you’ll find value in this event.

Who should attend?

If you’re an engineering leader, software developer, or a technical practitioner interested in building, operating, and optimizing serverless applications, we think you’ll find valuable information about developing serverless applications with best practices built-in.

Featured Speakers

Hear from AWS leaders, real-world customers, and serverless builders.
Dr. Werner Vogels
Amazon CTO
Gillian McCann
Workgrid Software
Head of Cloud Engineering
Chris Munns
AWS Sr. Manager of
Developer Advocacy

Speakers & Agenda

Serverless for your Organization: Thursday, May 21

8:00 AM PST | 11:00 AM EST with Amazon CTO, Dr. Werner Vogels

Introduction by Dr. Werner Vogels

Dr. Vogels offers insights about Amazon’s technical journey and how its learnings can be applied to enterprises and organizations across industries. In this introduction, Vogels will expand on his popular article, Modern Applications at AWS, and discuss how he sees serverless playing a key role in enterprise modernization.

8:30 AM PST | 11:30 AM EST with AWS VP of Serverless, David Richardson

How operations change as your organization embraces event-driven architectures

In this session, David Richardson discusses serverless security best practices and benefits. Richardson will cover how operations teams can implement governance with APIs and events.

9:10 AM PST | 12:10 PM EST with AWS Sr. Principal Engineer, David Yanacek

Eliminating busywork at the organizational level: Tips for using serverless to its fullest potential

In this session, David Yanacek discusses key ways to unlock the full benefits of serverless, including building services around APIs and using service-oriented architectures built on serverless systems to remove the roadblocks to continuous innovation.

9:50 AM PST | 12:50 PM EST


10:10 AM PST | 1:10 PM EST with Workgrid Software Head of Cloud Engineering, Gillian McCann

Built Serverless-First: How Workgrid Software transformed from a Liberty Mutual project to its own global startup

Connected through a central IT team, Liberty Mutual has embraced serverless since AWS Lambda’s inception in 2014. In this session, Gillian McCann discusses Workgrid’s serverless journey—from internal microservices project within Liberty Mutual to independent business entity, all built serverless-first. Introduction by AWS Principal Serverless SA, Sam Dengler.

10:50 AM PST | 1:50 PM EST with AWS VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy, Adrian Cockcroft

Move fast and ship things: Using serverless to increase speed and agility within your organization

In this session, Adrian Cockcroft demonstrates how you can use serverless to build modern applications faster than ever. Cockcroft uses real-life examples and customer stories to debunk common misconceptions about serverless.

11:30 AM PST | 2:30 PM EST featuring Forrester VP and Principal Analyst Jeffrey Hammond

Market insights: A conversation with Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond & Director of Product for Lambda Ajay Nair

In this session, guest speaker Jeffrey Hammond and Director of Product for AWS Lambda, Ajay Nair, discuss the state of serverless, Lambda-based architectural approaches, Functions-as-a-Service platforms, and more. You’ll learn about the high-level and enduring enterprise patterns and advancements that analysts see driving the market today and determining the market in the future.

12:10 PM PST | 3:10 PM EST with Jeff Barr, AWS VP and Chief Evangelist

Closing statements with Jeff Barr

Serverless for your Application: Thursday, May 28

8:00 AM PST | 11:00 AM EST with AWS SVP, Charlie Bell

Navigating the new world of serverless: VP of Application Integration Jesse Dougherty interviews Charlie Bell, SVP at AWS

In this session, AWS VP of Application Integration Jesse Dougherty interviews AWS SVP Charlie Bell about serverless operations today-  they’ll discuss how AWS uses serverless and the benefits AWS teams get from adopting serverless-first.

8:30 AM PST | 11:30 AM EST with Sr. Developer Advocate, Ben Smith

Building serverless web applications

In this session, follow along as Ben Smith shows you how to build and deploy a completely serverless web application from scratch. The application will span from a mobile friendly front end to complex business logic on the back end.

9:10 AM PST | 12:10 PM EST with Sr. Developer Advocate, Eric Johnson

Automating serverless application development workflows

In this talk, Eric Johnson breaks down how to think about CI/CD when building serverless applications with AWS Lambda and Amazon API Gateway. This session will cover using technologies like AWS SAM to build CI/CD pipelines for serverless application back ends.

9:50 AM PST | 12:50 PM EST


10:10 AM PST | 1:10 PM EST with Sr. Developer Advocate, Julian Wood

Observability for your serverless applications

In this session, Julian Wood walks you through how to add monitoring, logging, and distributed tracing to your serverless applications. Join us to learn how to track platform and business metrics, visualize the performance and operations of your application, and understand which services should be optimized to improve your customer’s experience.

10:50 AM PST | 1:50 PM EST with Sr. Developer Advocate, Rob Sutter

Serverless application security

In this talk, Rob Sutter discusses how to think about security for a serverless web application from front to back. The session introduces several controls available to you and the best practices for configuring them, along with ways to build more secure applications for an event-driven model.

11:30 AM PST | 2:30 PM EST with Sr. Developer Advocate, James Beswick

Performance tuning for serverless web applications

In this session, James Beswick shows you how to get the most from your serverless back end. Beswick will cover how to reduce and eliminate cold starts, how to identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement, and how to measure application performance.

12:10 PM PST | 3:10 PM EST with Sr. Manager of Developer Advocacy, Chris Munns

Closing statements with Chris Munns

Register Here

By filling out this registration form, you'll receive access to both virtual events.




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Session 5

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Closing Statements