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

Internet2 NET+, together with AWS, DLT, and Cloud Academy, are bringing AWS GameDay to the 2023 Community Exchange and Cloud Forum in Atlanta, GA.

What is AWS GameDay?

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. 


First Place
B Squad

Second Place
Keystone Cloud Crushers

Third Place
Active Cumulus
Best Team Name
Raiders of the Lost Architecture
Stick With It Award
Team Won

  • Jim Charters – University of Michigan
  • Heather Mitchell – Vanderbilt University
  • Martin Sager – University of Michigan

  • Shlomo Balass – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ethan Connor – Carnegie Mellon University
  • Brian Pasquini – University of Pittsburgh
  • Harshul Sharma –Bucknell University

  • Doug Dawson– Clemson University
  • Marissa Jules – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • David Lacey – The J. Paul Getty Trust
  • Zekai Otles – University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Shane Albright – REN-ISAC
  • Kunalan Ratharanjan – Indiana University
  • Matthew Rich – Northwestern University
  • Alan Walsh – Indiana University

  • Jeffrey Benenati– Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jeb Brines – Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Timothy Champ – University of Maryland - Baltimore County
  • Hallah Hussien – University of Wisconsin - Madison
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GameDay Details:


Friday, May 12, 2023, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


The Westin Peachtree Plaza


Free of charge, thanks to our sponsors TD Synnex Public Sector/DLT and Cloud Academy

The Game

We are running the Infinidash Ride-Hailing GameDay:

The Infinidash Ride-Hailing GameDay requires participants to make technical and (light) business decisions to win. This means while teams need technical skills to complete, fix and improve Infinidash’s infrastructure, some business acumen will come in handy to decide on how to set up and assign their unicorn fleet.

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

What’s Included

  • Breakfast and lunch, as well as beverages and snacks throughout the day, 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 GameDay 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

(all included in the Cloud Academy learning path)

  • Amazon Fraud Detector
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • AWS IoT Core
  • AWS Step Functions
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS AppConfig
  • AWS CodePipeline
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon Elastic Load Balancer
  • Familiarity with the AWS Well-Architected Framework advised

GameDay Registration & Preparation:

Step 1


Step 2

Complete Team Roster

Step 3

Access Prep Work

Register for GameDay through the Community Exchange Registration or the Cloud Forum Registration.

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.

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

Cloud Academy orientation sessions will take place on Thursday, April 6 at 2pm EDT. This 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.

GameDay Sponsors:

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

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