Teatrul Național Iași
October 8th, 2016


We designed the TechOn conference to give you the increased opportunity to connect, engage and learn about innovation, experimentation and failure, why you need to learn and be curious in the fast changing world. Working for the Earth's most customer focused company has helped us to learn valuable lessons, and through our guest speakers, we will share some.

Between talks, you will have to chance to meet our local Amazonians and to get in-depth knowledge about the awesome teams and the amazing projects built in Iasi. Take advantage of the coffee and lunch breaks to chat with our colleagues about the cool stuff they are doing at Amazon.

Questions? If you have questions for us or you need any other information that is not available on the page of the event, shoot us an email at registration@amazontechon.com

P.S. After party! Grab a beer, listen to live music, meet new people and have a good time after a full day of learnings and fun. Check the schedule below.


07:30 – 08:45
Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:20
Lucian Vornicu (Managing Director of Amazon Development Center Romania)
09:20 – 10:10
Learn & Be Curious
Sean Scott (VP of Consumer Experience Technology, Amazon)
It’s still day one at Amazon? How can that be given it has been 22 years since the company was founded? Because every day, is a new day, with new learnings. What was true yesterday, may not necessarily be true today. In order to be successful, we must continually be learning and following our curiosities. In fact, ‘learn and be curious’ is one of Amazon’s newest leadership principles. Will discuss what this means in practice and how it shapes our thinking and our actions in order to continually be improving and increase our chance of success.

10:10 – 10:30
Snacks and Coffee

10:30 – 11:20
S3 Under the Covers: distributed systems at scale
Allan Vermeulen (Distinguished Engineer, AWS)
Ten years ago, Amazon Web Services launched S3, the Simple Storage Service, and ushered in the age of cloud computing. Since then it has grown into one of the largest distributed computing systems in the world. S3 has challenging durability, security, reliability, resiliency, scalability, and performance needs. To meet them, we designed the original architecture with ten design principles in mind: you can find these in our original press release! Since launch, we have continued to learn and evolve the architecture to deal with our ever increasing scale. In this talk, I will discuss how we applied those original design principles, and then walk to the present with some history of how our thinking has evolved over time.
11:20 – 12:10
Amazon Robotics Overview
Drago Kassabov (Director of Operations Performance & International Strategy, Amazon Robotics)
Robotics is transforming the industrial and commercial landscape across a variety of domains allowing for faster, safer, more efficient operations. These systems promise significant societal and economic gains for those who lead the way. We see robotics all around us, coming into our homes, our offices, and across a variety of domains: transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, and operations just to name a few. At Amazon Robotics (AR), we believe that robotics will continue to grow and become much more common in our lives, albeit at work, home, or play. We are continually reimagining what "now" looks like. We see the big picture, imagine a better one, and make the connections that turn complex problems into elegantly simple solutions. In this presentation, you will see how our drive toward a smarter, faster, more consistent customer experience fuels Amazon - and the industry - forward. With a fearless resolve to achieve the improbable with real solutions, we meet tomorrow's challenges today. We Reimagine Now.

12:10 – 13:00
Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:50
Agility at Amazon
Ken Exner (Director of Developer Tools, Amazon)
22 years after its founding, Amazon is now a large company with a large tech population. Yet, despite its size, Amazon has become one of the most agile software development companies on the planet, delivering thousands of feature releases across numerous lines of business each year. In this session, we’ll explore lessons learned about how to architect software, organize teams, and automate software delivery in order to achieve greater agility. We'll share the processes and tools that have helped us achieve speed and reliability in our software development and deployment practices.
13:50 – 14:40
Experimentation and Failure
Blair Hotchkies (Director of Customer Behavior, Amazon)
Amazon has made extensive use of A/B experimentation over its history, and has helped it grow and improve its customer experience, finding the details that matter the most. Rapid experimentation can lead to a dynamic, forward looking, risk taking environment, but can also lead to a poor customer experience, stagnation, and the illusion of progress. In this talk we’ll discuss some of the things that have helped to make a culture of experimentation successful at Amazon, as well as some of the pitfalls and lessons we are learning along the way.

14:40 – 15:10
Snacks and Coffee

15:10 – 16:00
A Day in the Life of an Amazon Application Security Engineer
Jon McClintock (Principal Security Engineer in Information Security, Amazon)
Information Security is big these days. The news is full of stories of new vulnerabilities, scary attackers, and huge breaches. In this session, we’ll walk through the things that an application security engineer at Amazon does on a day-to-day basis to help developers build software that is secure, keep the company safe, and protect customers. You’ll learn about the tools, processes, and techniques that we apply at every stage of the development process, and get a peek into the way we think about risk and customer trust.
16:00 – 16:50
Building Testing Ecosystems
Phil Segel (Senior SDET in Digital Content Platform, Amazon)
Amazon is an exciting place to build and innovate. In addition to the innovation that our customers see every day we also invest heavily in testing and operational excellence. Some of these areas include functional integration testing, load and scalability testing, mobile automation, and other non-functional areas like shadow testing, A/B testing, monitoring, etc. As Amazon matures we begin to think not of individual testing or operational tools, but of ecosystems of tools. Can these tools work together to solve common goals? Can we reduce the amount of effort a development team has to pay to accomplish many different types of testing? We'll deep dive into one case where intercepting and storing data from production allows us to re-use that data to achieve more realistic functional tests and service mocking data, load tests, and shadow testing. Sharing data across different flavors of testing provides a larger value proposition.

16:50 – 17:00
Lucian Vornicu (Managing Director of Amazon Development Center Romania)

18:00 – …
After-party at Curtea Berarilor
After the conference you are invited to join us for drinks, live music and quality time!


Teatrul Național Iași

Strada Agatha Bârsescu 18,

Iași, Romania

For those of you who are travelling to Iasi for this conference, Hotel International Iasi can provide you accommodation at preferred rates. In order to secure this offer, when you book a room with them, call them and mention that you are coming for the Amazon TechOn conference.

After-party at Curtea Berarilor

Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt 10,

Iași, Romania