It’s an exciting time in San Francisco as the return of the AWS Loft is fast approaching. We’ve been working round-the-clock, making updates to ensure the experience is more fulfilling and educational than in June. Today we’re excited to announce that…

On Wednesday, October 1st, we’ll be returning to 925 Market Street!

The AWS Loft is all about helping you scale and grow your business by offering free AWS technical resources. You’ll have access to training including hands-on bootcamps and labs, and 1:1 sessions with AWS Solutions Architects. Or you can plugin, hang out, get some work done, and stick around for evening presentations by innovative startups and community experts.

Take a look at the AWS Loft homepage to see full weekly schedules, and if you see something you like, go here and start filling your calendar.

Hours and Location
We’re at 925 Market Street and our doors will be open 10AM to 6PM on weekdays, with select events running until 8PM on weeknights. Be sure to check the calendar regularly as new evening events will be added regularly.

What’s Happening at the AWS Loft
In October there will be an abundance of sessions, events, and coding activities focused on game and mobile app development. In addition, below is an overview of the activities taking place at the AWS Loft each week:

Ask an Architect: You can schedule a 1:1, 60 minute session with a member of the AWS technical team. Be sure to bring your questions about AWS architecture, cost optimization, services and features, and anything else AWS-related. And don’t be shy—walk-ins are welcome too.

Technical Presentations: AWS Solution Architects, Product Managers, and Evangelists will deliver technical presentations covering some of the highest-rated and best-attended sessions from recent AWS events. Topics include Introduction to AWS, Big Data, Compute & Networking, Architecture, Mobile & Gaming, Databases, Operations, Security, and more.

AWS Technical Bootcamps : Limited to twenty participants, these full-day bootcamps include hands-on lab exercises using a live environment with the AWS console. Usually these cost $600, but at the AWS Loft we are offering them for free. Bootcamps you can register for include: “Getting Started with AWS,” “AWS Essentials,” “Highly Available Apps,” and “Taking AWS Operations to the Next Level.”

Self-paced, Hands-on Labs: These online technical labs are ready and waiting for walk-ins throughout the day. We’ll offer labs for beginners through advanced users on topics that range from creating Amazon EC2 instances to launching and managing a web application with CloudFormation. Usually $30 each, we are offering these labs for free in the AWS Loft.

Customer Speaking Events and Evening Happy Hours: Innovative Bay Area startups share the technical and business journeys they undertook as their ideas came to life. CircleCI, NPM, Lyft, Librato, Cotap, Runscope and others will be featured speakers during our evening happy hours.

For example, join us next week in the Loft for this special event:

The Future of IT: Startups at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

When: October 1, 2014 at 6:30 -8:00 PM
Where: The AWS Pop-up Loft

What do startups and NASA JPL have in common? You may be surprised at just how similar the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is to a startup. In this exciting talk from Tom Soderstrom, the Chief Innovation Officer of NASA JPL, will share the way he delivers projects in a startup environment: from seating to planning to delivering. You will learn the secrets of failing fast and trying lots of techniques in the quest to extend the reach of humanity. Tom will also share the role that Cloud Computing has played in the exploration of space in the last decade and where we are heading next. Don't be surprised to hear about the bold vision that NASA has set for exploration of space AND earth and how JPL plans to go about it.

Check out the AWS Loft homepage to learn the details and see full weekly schedules .

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