Last week I was battling jet lag and this week, an inbox of unanswered emails. But I'm also marveling at the quality of the AWS community all over the world. I had the privilege of speaking at ServerlessDays Sydney the week before last, and along with the amazing conference talks, I also got to see firsthand just how much of the globe is involved in pushing forward serverless using AWS technology and how excited they were to share what they were learning.
In other words, my trip to Oceania was well worth the trans-global disorientation!
What did learn about serverless in Australia? Fundamentally in Australia (and the whole region), technology adoption is community-oriented. I found knowledge and experience are treated very highly and shared with respect. When something both important and helpful like serverless comes on the scene, the first few people who try it out are eager to spread their knowledge and successes with lots of developers ready to listen. In this community, a new paradigm that "just works" spreads like wildfire.
I had a great time and while I don't have the space to go over every talk, these had lessons I think everyone should hear:
If you want to see slides from "A Serverless State of Mind"' it's available as a PDF here.
After every talk, there's a certain "blackout" feeling: was that 45 minutes? Did I sound okay? Did anyone get anything from it? What did I even say? Did that resonate with anyone? Then, I started to see the tweets:
Great meeting you @FarrahC32. I hope to get one or two things from a conference like this that I can apply broadly. Almost everything I got from yesterday came from your talk. Keep going, your message is important.— Jason Learmouth (@jlearmouth) August 28, 2019
If you ever see a talk and think the speaker did a good job, I assure that if you let them know they'll be enormously grateful and you will be gifting them with the reassurance of a job well done.
When I was finally offstage, the amazing ServerlessDays team handed me a sweet hat. Speaker gifts can feel silly in concept but in practice, they give a really nice feeling of belonging and punctuation to the experience and I absolutely loved mine and was ecstatic to wear it around town for the remainder of my trip.
AWS Community Day in Melbourne got me especially excited to meet others in the ecosystem. From the second Aileen Gemma Smith opened the event, it felt warm, inclusive and welcoming. I was grateful to see a vast range of people who are taking AWS technology and pushing forward what's possible.
I also got the chance to meet Jeff Barr and Fran Arrigo, among other leaders from AWS. With each conversation I had, they all had the same message: community and sharing knowledge is the key to serverless success.
But for me, the biggest thrill of the trip was getting to spend some time meeting AWS User Group leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. They were all there to meet for a few days to share learnings and best practices from their community groups with the other leaders.
The entire concept of AWS community groups and events started in Japan with Jaws, and it was a great reminder that the dev community in the US is just a tiny piece of the picture. Serverless is after all a best practice and not a single tool, so community events are the place where we'll see the real serverless revolution.
One of the highlights was taking a trip on the Great Ocean Road, with this entire group. We got a chance to talk about our experiences in this rapidly-changing tech landscape.
So thank you AWS community, thank you ServerlessDays and the amazing volunteers, and thank you to Sydney! The serverless community is lucky to have all of you and, personally, I'm excited to learn from my new friends down under!