Scheduled for Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in Las Vegas (specifically at The Venetian, The Mirage, and The Encore), re:Invent will be five days of presentations, breakout sessions targeted toward novices, advanced users, and experts, bootcamps and hands-on labs, certification exams, technical deep dives, and more.
Prices for the event depend on what you want to do. A full conference pass will run you $1,599 and grant you access to the two (undetermined) keynote speeches, the four breakout sessions, Hackathon (back for another year), GameDay, and the various meals and evening parties scheduled throughout the event.
Bootcamps also cost extra. It's $225-$450 for training sessions designed for guests planning on taking certification exams. Meanwhile, bootcamps covering particular topics, such as "Building a Serverless Data Lake" and "Running Container-Enabled Microservices on AWS," will run you $600 each. Sadly, the "Building Serverless Solutions on AWS" bootcamp is already full.
Speaking of being full, Amazon introduced a new feature for this year's conference — reserved seating for breakout sessions.
"You asked, we listened," according to the session page. "This year, when you add a breakout session to your AWS re:Invent calendar, you will automatically have a seat reserved in that session."
A month before the conference, the session-scheduling tool will go live. Once that happens, you can further customize which sessions you want to go to or, if they're full, join a waiting list to grab a spot if it becomes available.
AWS has also partnered with a few hotels in the area to offer discounted rates. The set-aside rooms at The Venetian and Palazzo and The Mirage are already sold out, but rooms are still available at Wynn|Encore (starting at $199 per night), Treasure Island (starting at $99 per night), and Harrah's (starting at $119 per night).
As for travel, Amazon has partnered with Delta Airlines to secure lower rates. A quick look at the math shows about a 2%-5% discount depending on the flight. Unfortunately, the few international flights I looked at didn't look like they got a discount at all, so the cheaper fare might be limited to American flights.
In any case, if you're interested in the latest, greatest developments in Amazon Web Services or cloud computing in general, set some time aside in November and head over to Las Vegas.