AWS Road Trip

14 User Groups, 5500 Miles, One Evangelist

Day 6 - AWS Summit in Singapore

I spent Thursday at the AWS Summit in Singapore. Held at the Marina Bay Sands Conference Center, this event attracted a crowd of thousands. Here’s one of the signs:

I came to the summit to deliver a talk on database options that are available to AWS users. I had never used the deck before, and spent a good part of the morning making sure that I knew exactly what I wanted to say. I had just 35 minutes to present the material. Here’s the room before the guests showed up:

I spoke to a capacity crowd and ended up finishing the material with just 24 seconds to spare. It went really well and I spoke to a number of the attendees afterward.

After things wrapped up at the Summit, Markku and I took a couple of guests to the No Signboard Seafood restaurant for a very productive dinner. I snapped a picture of the Marina Bay Sands as we walked there:

We ordered a big plate of Chili Crab, and enjoyed every bite:

My colleagues went out for a night on the town and I walked back ot the hotel, stopping for a couple more pictures along the way:

The hotel is just as spectacular at night:

I walked across the Helix Bridge. Being the geek that I am, I wondered how they designed, simulated, and stress-tested the unusual structure as I made my way through it! I found that the Wikipedia page for the bridge contained an entire section on Analysis, which confirmed my suspicion that it was non-trivial.

To wrap up the day I took an elevator to the 57th floor of the hotel and took a look at the infinity pool. It was late and I was dog-tired, so I didn’t actually get in the water!

Tomorrow I fly to Manila!