AWS Startup Day Chicago on September 6

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About the event

Launching a successful startup takes more than building on the most flexible, reliable, and scalable infrastructure available today. Startup Day is an opportunity to hear from successful startups about how they've tackled the unique technical challenges in their industry. It's also an opportunity to meet other startup leaders in your community to share ideas, help each other grow, and inspire each other while tackling problems that affect your organization.

Who should attend?

This event is built for early stage (pre-seed & bootstrapped) technical leads and entrepreneurs. Attendees will learn from a technical perspective what did and didn't work well from other startups across a diverse range of industries. Hear what funded and late stage startups wish they knew before they began building. Learn how companies are leveraging SageMaker for optimizing Machine Learning training and deployment, deploying ECS for container orchestration, and using Lambda to build companies that are entirely serverless.


September 6, 2018


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


The Westin Michigan Ave Chicago, 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611

Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Twitch live stream.


Time Session
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast + Registration
Sign in and mingle with new friends over a continental breakfast.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Welcome by Mackenzie Kosut
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Keynote: Assimilating The Media Industry Serverlessly
Speaker: Tyler Love, CTO, Bustle
How Bustle Digital group is using Serverless and GraphQL to architect and design their content platform. An overview of how they reasoned technical decisions to ensure their success when simultaneously launching new media properties and acquiring legacy ones.
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Customer Speakers: Jigar Patel, CTO, HAAS Alert and Bill Gloff, VP of Engineering, HAAS Alert
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Customer Speaker: Dan Collins, Sr. Principal Engineer, Uptake Technologies
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Customer Speakers: Shane Colley, CTO, Tempus & Jerry Cattell, Dir. Of Tech Operations, Tempus
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Startup Customer Presentation: SageMaker / Machine Learning
Speaker: Stuart Jenkins, Ph.D., Head of Business & Portfolio Forecasting, Enova 
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks + Happy Hour
Closing remarks followed by a happy hour reception, light appetizers, and drinks provided by AWS.

About the event

Launching a successful startup takes more than building on the most flexible, reliable, and scalable infrastructure available today. At AWS Startup Day, you will learn from startup experts about best practices that go beyond designing your infrastructure.

There will be one business track and one technical track running in parallel. In the early stages of building your company, you manage a variety of responsibilities, so we encourage you to attend sessions in both tracks. Whether you’re the CTO, CEO or CXO, this day is dedicated to you, the founder, and all the ways Amazon can help your startup succeed.

Who should attend?

Early stage entrepreneurs who are pre-seed or bootstrapped and interested in learning how to grow their company through practical business and technical guidance.

Why you should attend?

  • Hear from entrepreneurs who have built successful companies, VCs on what they look for in funding, and Amazon about how you can partner with us.
  • Get inspired and share ideas with other startup leaders in your area.
  • Prepare for the challenges you'll face as you start to scale on both the business and engineering side.
  • Learn about some of our newest services from AWS to ensure your infrastructure is scalable and reliable.