Amazon Web Services Presented New Technology in Robotics and Cloud Computing at re:Invent 2021

December 16, 2021 by Stephanie Leonida

Amazon Web Services (AWS) delivers its annual AWS re:Invent learning conference to keep its cloud computing community in the know and deliver digital skills and robotic learning tools.

Amazon Web Services Inc. is an extensive cloud-computing platform. Recently, the Amazon subsidiary company has been developing training resources and platforms for all aspects of cloud computing and other digital skills.


The logo for the AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator. Image used courtesy of AWS


AWS delivered its re:Invent 2021 event, which included free cloud computing training and joined forces with MassRobotics to deliver the AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator.


AWS re:Invent 2021

AWS re:Invent is a learning conference bringing together the global cloud computing community. The event was hosted by AWS between November 28 and December 3, 2021, and took place in multiple venues including Nevada and Las Vegas.

Automation experts, system administrators, engineers, IT executives, developers, control engineers, and technical decision makers flocked to the re:Invent Campus at Las Vegas.

The in-person event featured keynote speakers, training and certification opportunities, as well as access to over 1,500 technical sessions, the Expo, after-hours events, and more. Attendees could also attend virtually and anyone still hoping to gain access to released content can do so by visiting the event page through registering or logging in. They also include a breakdown of their agenda on the website.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels delivered the final keynote at re:Invent in Las Vegas. These presentations focused on the launch of a new visual development environment (AWS Amplify Studio) and a managed wide area network (WAN) service ( AWS Cloud WAN), as well as a new Sustainability Pillar for the AWS Well-Architected Framework.


Digital Skills Training

Digital skills training is in higher demand than ever before from smart factories to warehouses that use digital software systems and 5G communications for information and data transfer.


A look at AWS in 2020. Video used courtesy of AWS


Amazon has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into providing free cloud computing skills training to 29 million people by 2025. The company aims to teach people from all backgrounds and deliver its offering to over 200 countries and territories. AWS has already helped over 6 million people develop and acquire cloud skills.


AWS Supports Workforce Development

Amazon has announced the launch of its AWS Skill Builder, which gives users access to 500 free, on-demand courses. Of these courses, sixty new cloud computing classes have been added this year. AWS Skill Builder supports learning in sixteen different languages and provides users with course recommendations for learning plans aligned to desired job roles and technology areas. Free courses offered to AWS customers include topics such as cloud computing basics and advanced cloud architecture. Users can access the AWS courses on Amazon through AWS Training Partners.

Amazon is also offering its AWS re/Start, a free, full-time, 12-week program that prepares individuals for entry-level cloud computing careers. AWS has information about AWS re/Start and the launch of Amazon’s in-person cloud learning space, the AWS Skills Center on their website.


Mass Robotics and AWS

Recently, MassRobotics announced the commencement of a new AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator, which could help tackle the biggest challenges in industrial robotics, automation, and IIoT applications.

MassRobotics will contribute to the partnership by providing enterprises with the facilities and resources they need to prototype, test, develop, and commercialize their components and platforms. AWS will be providing its renowned cloud technical resources and network.


A conversation between Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, and Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at AWS at re:Invent, December, 2020. Image used courtesy of AWS


In a recent news release, the General Manager of Robotics and Autonomous Services at AWS, Eric Anderson, commented, "At AWS, we believe that startups ignite innovation and drive bold new experimentation, especially so in the robotics industry."

Anderson added, "Through our collaboration with MassRobotics, we're thrilled to deliver a four-week accelerator program aimed at mentoring the next generation of robotics innovators through hands-on technical and business training."
Amazon and MassRobotics are hopeful that the AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator will help OEMs and manufacturers with their digital training efforts.