Yesterday we attended our first AWS Summit, and boy did we learn so many new things and freaked out (in a good way) at the color coordinated talks and headphones (can you sense our excitement over our first summit?).
Mind you, we had no idea what AWS even was until about one week ago and found out about it coincidentally after reading someone’s comment about it. So, we thought to ourselves “what’s this AWS Summit and it’s also Amazon’s?? Let’s see what this is about.”
Although we were quite nervous going because we had thought of ourselves as the newbies whereas everyone else around us looked like they had been planning this for weeks on end (people had suitcases, folks). This was very much a big deal and we knew that once we stepped in and looked at the schedule a week beforehand.
So, things we learned from this?
If you see everyone wearing suits around you and start freaking out because you feel like you’re underdressed, look to your left chances are you’ll see someone else in casual clothes. ♀️
Don’t be hesitant of starting something new even if it’s completely foreign to you, because that’s exactly how we learn about these things and expand our knowledge on them. And trust us there were moments where we felt like we were out of place, but also tagging someone alongside helps so much! We didn’t know much about this summit but came out excited for the next one and knowing how to better prepare.
The statistics of women in tech are pretty accurate with only 18% of women warning a degree in tech. That was pretty evident at yesterday’s summit - of the talks that we attended, we saw a majority of men with few women here and there (either 0-2 women per row). That didn’t discourage us but it was definitely interesting to note and only encouraged us even more to get and educate more girls about tech, in whatever way we can. (So girls, whether you know tech like the back of your hand or know absolutely nothing about it - don’t be afraid to venture out even if you’re the only girl in that row at the summit. This field NEEDS you, more than ever.) .
Have you attended or heard of the AWS Summit? What did you learn from it?