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AWS Game Day @ TechEx 2022

If you’re up for an engrossing, wild ride that’s crazy fun, then you’re ready for AWS Game Day @ TechEx 2022.AWS Game Day icon - colorful pink unicorn


Internet2 NET+, together with AWS, DLT, and Cloud Academy, are bringing AWS Game Day to the 2022 Technology Exchange in Denver, CO.


What is AWS Game Day?

A “collaborative learning exercise that tests skills in implementing AWS solutions to solve real-world problems in a gamified, risk-free environment.”

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How do you play?

  • Recruit your own team (preferred) or show up and join one onsite.
  • Compete against the game and against other teams for glory and prizes. 
  • Walk away with sharper AWS skills and a story to tell. 

Game Day Details:

When

Monday, December 5, 2022, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Cost

Until 10/21 – $35 per person General Admission ($10 students)

After 10/21 – $50 per person General Admission ($20 students)

The Game

Teams of 3-4 will run an imaginary company that rents mythical creatures. Your task will be to manage the company’s infrastructure as the market reacts to your exciting new business.

The Players

Bring your whole team, a partial team, or come prepared to join a team at the event. Registration information is below. 

Note: Each member of your team must register separately.

What’s Included

  • Breakfast will be served in the morning giving you time to settle in and get to know the competition. Beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the day, and lunch will be served close at hand so that you can keep an eye on your virtual company at all times.
  • Game Day awards lined up on a tableAWS Solutions Architects will be onsite to facilitate the game and cheer you on.
  • A month of access to the Cloud Academy training library with a learning path specifically crafted to help participants shore up skills you’ll be using to run your company’s AWS infrastructure on the day of the event. In the month prior to the Game Day event, we will hold kick-off sessions to walk you through the materials. The event will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.
  • AWS swag and prizes

Skills Used

EC2, VPC, AutoScaling, ELB/ALB, CloudFront, Elasticache, S3, CloudWatch, ECS/Fargate 


Game Day Registration & Preparation:

Step 1

Register

Step 2

Complete Team Roster

Step 3

Access Prep Work

Register for Game Day through the Tech Ex Registration. 

Note: You do not need to register for Tech Ex if you are only attending Game Day.

To register as a student, contact meetingregistration@internet2.edu.

All registrants will receive two email messages from the Internet2 registration system.

  1. The first will be a receipt for your event registration. 
  2. The second will be a request to confirm your registration via  our identity and access management system.

Please read and follow the instructions in both emails.

Once we have confirmed your registration, we will send you to a form where you can enter your team roster.

You will indicate whether you have a full or partial team or if you will be looking to pick up with a team on-site.

Note: Each team member must register separately, but one team member can enter the team information.

You will receive an email invitation from Cloud Academy to set up an account to access Game Day preparation materials.

Cloud Academy orientation sessions will be offered in early November. They will be recorded for those who cannot attend during the times provided.


Questions or Concerns:

Please contact Bob Flynn, Internet2 Program Manager, Cloud Infrastructure & Platform Services, at bflynn@internet2.edu.

Game Day Sponsors:

Internet2 and the higher education cloud community are grateful to our sponsors AWS, DLT, and Cloud Academy for their generous support of this event.

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