The Amazon Web Services team is coming to Hobart

Many of the world’s hottest startups have built and scaled their business on AWS. Dropbox, Spotify, Airbnb, Instagram, Pinterest and many more have all benefitted from access to AWS’s cloud computing platform. 

AWS and the local startup team exist to help your startup succeed. They can help you design your architecture and technology to maximise reliability, performance and scalability whilst minimising cost. They can also help with commercial or funding advice and introductions. 

The startup journey from idea to MVP to scale to profitability is not an easy one. Come along and find out how AWS can help you every step of the way.


[optional and booked separately - 2:30pm – 5:00pm  Individual Office Hours Workshops with the AWS team – see below]
5:00pm – 5:15pm Overview of AWS, the Activate program and how it helps startups succeed 
5:15pm – 6:00pm “Top Tips for Startup Success” with Ian Gardiner 
6:00pm – 6:30pm Fireside chat with Hobart startup celebrity  
6:30pm – 7:30pm Beer, pizza and networking
AWS brings you “Top Tips for Startup Success” 

Building a successful startup is hard. Really hard. You need a great idea, flawless execution, awesome team, impeccable timing, brutal focus. And a large dollop of luck. You can’t learn startup success by reading a textbook or taking a course. You need to get out there and just do it. 

This is a not a talk about how to choose or build your technology infrastructure. Nor is it about how to structure an equity fundraising deal. It's about real-life, in-the-trenches survival skills and tips designed to maximise your chances of success in the startup world. As well as educational and informative, it should also be a lot of fun.  

Ian Gardiner is AWS’s startup Bear Grylls. He’s been running technology startups for 18 years before joining AWS. Come along and hear from Ian (followed by an interview with a local Hobart startup success story) about how to survive and prosper in the startup jungle. This is a session not to be missed!


What is Office Hours?

Solutions Architect Office Hours provide your technology team with an opportunity to have a one-on-one technical discussion with an AWS Solutions Architect. During this session, an AWS Solutions Architect can:

  1. Diagnose your current application architecture, compare it to known best practices and provide recommendations for architecting for scale, high availability, and redundancy.
  2. Identify and recommend best practices for achieving greater cost optimisation within your AWS environment. For example, many fast growing companies are unaware that they can reduce their AWS spend by 30+% by utilising the right mix of Reserved and Spot Instances. Other tips, such as utilising caching and reduced redundancy storage, can be discussed.
  3. Discuss any other AWS services which may be relevant to your business, as well as other complimentary services that startups frequently use to deploy code in conjunction with AWS.
  4. Review best practices for migrating applications to AWS from other providers / infrastructure.
  5. Go over any other known issues that your business is wrestling with; since we meet with companies in all sectors and stages, it’s possible that we’ve already seen solutions that can help.
  6. Listen to feedback on the company’s experience using AWS, and make suggestions for service enhancements. Customer feedback is an important driver of what goes onto the AWS roadmap.

Our startup customers as well as the Venture Capital firms, Accelerators and co-working spaces that back them, consistently tell us that this is one of the most valuable services that the AWS team provides.

If you're interested in an Office Hours slot, please email


August 12, 2015 at 5pm - 7:30pm
The Typewriter Factory Loft
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