Can't-miss Serverless Sessions for AWS Summit Santa Clara

Nica Fee

AWS Summit Santa Clara is one day away and you've barely looked at the agenda. You're not alone. Since there isn't a dedicated serverless track, we built one for you.

Here are our five recommendations:

1) To find sessions and navigate the event, download the AWS Summits mobile app. Trust us on this one.

2) Tell your boss and architects to grab a box lunch before the noon session and then put these two sessions on their calendars:

These talks will let you understand the serverless landscape and engineer apps that work at scale.

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM A culture of rapid innovation with DevOps, microservices, & serverless


Send your boss to see David Richardson explore how your team can apply DevOps, microservices, and serverless to innovate faster at scale. A version of this talk from re:invent last year is on YouTube; check it out if you want to be ready with questions.

1:15 PM - 02:15 PM Twelve-factor serverless applications


Learn best practices for building modern, cloud-native applications from Chris Munns. Chris has forgotten more about serverless than most of us have learned, and he's absolutely worth your time. How Serverless apps can also follow 12-factor app design principles is a subject that we’ve written about extensively at Stackery.

3) Will serverless change your testing and CI/CD workflow? You should and it will.

12:30 PM - 01:00 PM Testing serverless applications


A really basic question I hear all the time at meetups is "Cool, but how do you test it?" Aleksandar Simovic explores how serverless changes integration and unit testing. Testing is possible with serverless, come and learn how!

3:45 PM - 04:45 PM CI/CD best practices for building modern applications


Leo Zhandovsky will walk you through best practices for building CI/CD workflows to allow you to manage your serverless and containerized applications.

Will Stackery get a shoutout for its awesome CI/CD integrations? Only time will tell! A previous version of this talk is online to check out now.

4) Want to iterate and build SAM or serverless.yml templates 70% faster? Or manage your cloud-side dev/test/prod environments in half the time? That's just the beginning.

We don't have a booth, but schedule a demo with us and we'll show you how to create amazing apps with confidence. As a thank for your 15 minutes with us, we'll hook you up with a $10 Starbucks card or a $15 donation to

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5) MongoDB, serverless, and looking to beat the traffic on the 101? Or more interested in databases than 12-Factor App architecture? These two sessions are for you:

8:00 AM - 08:30 AM Expedite the development lifecycle with MongoDB and serverless

DEM02 Join Ben Perlmutter, senior solutions architect, to learn how to quickly build a blog website backed by MongoDB while utilizing a serverless backend-as-a-service. And then add a bunch more features because that's what serverless is all about.

1:15 PM - 02:15 PM What's new in Amazon Aurora

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This session conflicts with 12-factor architecture above, so make your choice between high-level planning or nitty-gritty DB tooling.

Amazon Aurora hosts PostGreSQL and MySQL and promises to be both much faster and cheaper than commercial DBs. If relational is in your wheelhouse, it’s worth a look. Presented by Kamal Gupta and Sirish Chandrasekara.

These features were announced just over a year ago. If you want to see a quick tour from that announcement, it’s online here. This talk should cover features that are already released.

We hope this has been helpful.

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