re:Invent breakout sessions are lecture-style and 60 minutes long. These sessions take place throughout the re:Invent campus and cover all topics at all levels (200–400). Sessions are delivered by AWS experts, customers, and partners, and they typically include 10–15 minutes at the end for Q&A.
Workshops are two-hour hands-on sessions where you work in teams to solve problems using AWS services. Workshops organize attendees into small groups and provide scenarios to encourage interaction, giving you the opportunity to learn from and teach each other. Each workshop starts with a short lecture (10–15 minutes) by the main speaker, and the rest of the time is spent working as a group. There are additional AWS experts in the room to make sure every group has the assistance they need.
Come prepared with your laptop and a willingness to learn! We will provide any AWS credits you may need.
A chalk talk is a highly interactive content format with a small audience. Each one begins with a short lecture (10–15 minutes) delivered by an AWS expert, followed by a 45- or 50-minute Q&A session with the audience. The goal is to foster a technical discussion around real-world architecture challenges. Chalk talks are one hour long and contain expert-level content presented by AWS experts.
Chalk talks have one main speaker and one or two additional AWS experts who work through problems and solutions on a whiteboard as the discussion unfolds. There will be hundreds of chalk talks at re:Invent 2019, so be sure to carefully choose the ones that are most interesting to you, and come with questions!
Builders sessions are back at re:Invent this year by popular demand. These are 60-minute small group sessions with up to six customers and one AWS expert, who is there to help, answer questions, and provide guidance. It’s just you, your laptop, and the AWS expert.
Each builders session begins with a short explanation or demonstration of what you are going to build. There won’t be any formal presentation. Once the demonstration is complete, you will use your laptop to experiment and build with the AWS expert.