How does the event run?
Unlike typical training exercises, like workshops or bootcamps, every GameDay event includes 100% hands-on use of real AWS services via live AWS accounts, gamification, teamwork, and open-ended challenges. The path that teams take is up to them, as they are only provided with broad documentation and guidance, not prescriptive instructions. The backdrop of our event is our famous fictitious narrative, introduced at the start, which is that the attendees are actually onsite to support an exciting new and bustling startup Unicorn.Rentals. This will be their new hire orientation, and a first day on the job that they'll never forget!
During the event, players will re-create architectures from scratch to support Unicorn.Rentals as it continues to serve its customers seeking temporary use of unicorns. Throughout the game, teams react to internal and external events while also improving their infrastructure using the provided AWS accounts, pre-loaded with a variety of services at their disposal. AWS staff are onsite to provide support, so teams have the chance to ask questions along the way and get expert advice. The atmosphere is competitive, gamified, and fun. A scoreboard remains live for the duration of the event to track team scores and overall progress.
At the end of the event we recognize top finishers, as well as teams that show grit and determination, with fantastic prizes. Over 94% of participants report that they have learned new things as a result of GameDay and want to participate in future events.
This is a technical training event, but is a value-add for a wide variety of technical backgrounds such as solutions architects, technical account managers, system administrators, developers, and more. Since the content is all on AWS, we recommend at least 6 months to 1 year of experience using the AWS console. Well-balanced teams will ensure a level playing field and a more competitive game.