AWS Re:Invent is Amazon Web Services big conference event, which they used to run late every year in Las Vegas during a couple of days. This year the event is a three weeks long online event, which you can attend at no cost.
After two of these three weeks, I am disappointed with the arrangement. There are plenty of (recorded) sessions, all of which they present at different time block, probably to accommodate general geographical areas of the Americas, Europe+Africa and Asia. The schedule is a little bit overwhelming to get a grip of at times.
Here is where it is stupid. It is a virtual conference, with mainly recorded material. Why on Earth do these sessions need to have scheduled slots? Why not have a buffé of sessions which people can watch on-demand?
I have had sessions I was interested in which ran at the very same time. Other runs of these sessions were at times where I would have to get up very early or stay up very late.
This event runs over three weeks, so there is not any specific day that they have filled with valuable sessions and events, for me.
It would be hard to find any way with the less-than-optimal scheduling system.
As I see it, it is more of a time for AWS and AWS sponsor/partner marketing, plus some partially misguided attempt at trying to re-create parts of the physical event.
There has been valuable information for sure, and the price for the event is quite good. But it could have been much better, and I hope another virtual Re:Invent will be a different and better experience.
What do you think of virtual Re:Invent? Good or bad? Do you think other big conferences have done a better job with their virtual events?