15 People to Follow for the Most Interesting re:Invent Takeaways

AWS re:Invent brings together over 65,000 cloud professionals each year, but it can be hard to shift through the noise and news that this annual Las Vegas conference generates. To help you out, we’ve compiled the top people we’re following for re:Invent commentary. Follow them for insightful, analytical, humorous, and fun takes on all things AWS and re:Invent.

Jeff Barr

Jeff, the Chief Evangelist for AWS, has been an essential guide for developers on the latest tools and how to get the most out of AWS services since its origins. He showed up to re:Invent last year with purple hair — this year we predict it’ll be orange. 

Twitter: @jeffbarr

Blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/author/jbarr/

Jeff Blankenburg

Jeff is an Alexa Evangelist at AWS. He tweets frequently about all things tech, developers, and nerds, and will no doubt have news to share on what’s coming next in the voice-enabled future.

Twitter: @jeffblankenburg

Blog: https://blankenblog.com/

Vicki Boykis

Vicki is a consultant and frequent presenter on data science and machine learning. She also writes a newsletter, Normcore Tech, analyzing the future of data science and the tech industry.

Twitter: @vboykis

Newsletter: https://vicki.substack.com/

GitHub: https://github.com/veekaybee

Sam Charrington

Sam is an expert and frequent speaker on machine learning and AI. He hosts the This Week in Machine Learning & AI (TWIML) podcast. As AWS continues to iterates and develop new AI, ML, and deep learning services, Sam is sure to provide essential analysis.

Twitter: @samcharrington

Website: https://twimlai.com/

Cloud Opinion

The anonymous Cloud Opinion delivers parody content on AWS and the rise of the cloud, and will certainly have unconventional, fun takes on re:Invent and break through to the real meaning of the presentations and announcements.

Twitter: @cloud_opinion 

Yan Cui 

Yan is a consultant and expert on AWS Lambda and serverless computing, and wrote Production-Ready Serverless: Operational Best Practices. As stateless architecture are growing in adoption, will we see examples in large-scale production this year at re:Invent?

Twitter: @theburningmonk 

Website: https://theburningmonk.com/

GitHub: https://github.com/theburningmonk 

Emily Freeman

Emily is the Modern Operations Advocacy Manager at Microsoft. She wrote the bestselling book DevOps for Dummies, and her human approach to building software will provide balance to all the product-centric announcements.

Twitter: @editingemily

Website: https://emilyfreeman.io/

Abby Fuller

Abby is a Principal Technologist focusing on container work at AWS. Follow her for insightful takes on all happenings at re:Invent in addition to the future of operating containers in AWS.

Twitter: @abbyfuller 

GitHub: https://github.com/abby-fuller

Arun Gupta

Arun is an AWS evangelist focusing on open source, containers, and serverless. He’ll likely be live-tweeting some sessions and keynotes.

Twitter: @arungupta

GitHub: https://github.com/arun-gupta

Lydia Leong

Lydia is the Gartner analyst who has covered the rise of cloud computing and managed infrastructure services within global enterprises.

Twitter: @cloudpundit

Website: https://cloudpundit.com/


One analyst firm, RedMonk, has charted the rise of developers as the kings within their organizations, or more appropriately the technologies from cloud to containers that has enabled this transformation. You should also follow their entire team directly: @monkchips, @drkellyannfitz, @sogrady, and @rstephensme (clockwise from top left).

Twitter: @redmonk 

Website: https://redmonk.com/

Corey Quinn

Corey, the Cloud Economist at Duckbill Group, knows AWS inside and out, explaining the ecosystem in a fun and satirical Tweetstorms. If you run into him in-person, you might have to capture the moment with a selfie.

Twitter: @QuinnyPig 

Website: https://www.lastweekinaws.com/

And of course don’t forget to follow @Redisinc for all the happenings in our booth, sessions, parties, and how you can win some exciting giveaways!

Cover image by Ken Yam, Unsplash.