This post is courtesy of Rebecca Marshburn, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Serverless

AWS is hosting the first-ever completely serverless-focused, free virtual event: the AWS Serverless-First Function. The event takes place across two Thursdays – May 21 and May 28 – and focuses on two important themes of building on serverless:

  • May 21: Serverless for your Organization sessions focus on using, growing, promoting, and managing the use of serverless best practices across organizations.
  • May 28: Serverless for your Application sessions highlight best practices in building serverless applications, with an emphasis on hands-on, technical education.

Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon, will introduce the event. Following him, AWS serverless leaders, builders, customers, and market analysts deliver topical sessions complemented by live, interactive chat.

The event is designed to offer educational takeaways for everyone, in every role, across their serverless journey. Business leaders, engineering managers, technical practitioners, and IT operators will all find something of value across the event, whether topically by day or technically by session. You can find highlighted sessions from the agenda below, to help decide which are best for you.

If you’re ready to attend the event and live chat with session presenters, AWS experts, partners, customers, and Serverless Heroes, register here.

Register for the Serverless-First Function


May 21: Serverless for your Organization

With the goal of giving you real-world tactics for transforming your organization, today’s sessions bring you insights, ideas, and learnings from AWS leaders, customers, market analysts, and more. The following sessions offer you the opportunity to hear from voices inside and outside of AWS.

  • 8:30 AM PST | 11:30 AM EST with AWS VP of Serverless, David Richardson

How operations change as your organization embraces event-driven architectures

In this session, David Richardson discusses serverless security best practices and benefits. Richardson will cover how operations teams can implement governance with APIs and events.

  • 10:10 AM PST | 1:10 PM EST with Workgrid Software Head of Cloud Engineering, Gillian McCann

Built Serverless-First: How Workgrid Software transformed from a Liberty Mutual project to its own global startup

Connected through a central IT team, Liberty Mutual has embraced serverless since AWS Lambda’s inception in 2014. In this session, Gillian McCann discusses Workgrid’s serverless journey—from internal microservices project within Liberty Mutual to independent business entity, all built serverless-first. Introduction by AWS Principal Serverless SA, Sam Dengler.

  • 11:30 AM PST | 2:30 PM EST featuring Forrester VP and Principal Analyst Jeffrey Hammond

Market insights: A conversation with Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond & Director of Product for Lambda, Ajay Nair

In this session, guest speaker Jeffrey Hammond and Director of Product for AWS Lambda, Ajay Nair, discuss the state of serverless, Lambda-based architectural approaches, Functions-as-a-Service platforms, and more. You’ll learn about the high-level and enduring enterprise patterns and advancements that analysts see driving the market today and determining the market in the future.

May 28: Serverless for your Application

Join these sessions to learn end-to-end best practices for building serverless applications. Kicked off by a conversation with AWS SVP Charlie Bell, today’s sessions will offer a complete builder’s guide for serverless applications, starting with the basics and culminating in ways to fine-tune your serverless applications to ensure maximum performance and your highest ROI.

  • 8:00 AM PST | 11:00 AM EST with AWS SVP, Charlie Bell

Navigating the new world of serverless: VP of Application Integration Jesse Dougherty interviews Charlie Bell, SVP at AWS

In this session, AWS VP of Application Integration Jesse Dougherty interviews AWS SVP Charlie Bell about serverless operations today-they’ll discuss how AWS uses serverless and the benefits AWS teams get from adopting serverless-first.

  • 8:30 AM PST | 11:30 AM EST with Sr. Developer Advocate, Ben Smith

Building serverless web applications

In this session, follow along as Ben Smith shows you how to build and deploy a completely serverless web application from scratch. The application will span from a mobile friendly front end to complex business logic on the back end.

  • 11:30 AM PST | 2:30 PM EST with Sr. Developer Advocate, James Beswick

Performance tuning for serverless web applications

In this session, James Beswick shows you how to get the most from your serverless backend. He will cover how to reduce and eliminate cold starts, how to identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement, and how to measure application performance.

To join us for any of the above sessions and more, register here. The event is free and open to anyone interested in building on serverless. We encourage you to invite your teams, your leaders, your customers, and your fellow builders.

We look forward to seeing you online!