Thank you for taking the time to attend one of our meetups! They can be a great place for learning and meeting new people, but there can also be a lot going on. Below you’ll find all the information you need about attending our events.
Our community is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.
We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Slack and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the community organisers.
All our speakers, attendees, and anyone else taking part in Melbourne AWS User Group activities are expected to familiarise themselves with these policies. While these policies are open to discussion and change over time, participation in the community implies that you are willing to abide by the policies in place at that time.
For more information please see the long version of our code of conduct.
Our meetup agenda varies month to month, but they all follow the same basic schedule:
|6:05pm||What’s new in AWS|
|6:15pm||Introductory Lightning Talk|
|6:25pm||Short Break 🚽|
|6:30pm||First Main Presentation|
|7:00pm||Marketplace (Who’s Hiring)|
|7:05pm||Main Break 🍕|
|7:30pm||Second Main Presentation|
|8:00pm||Networking + Close|
Our main venue for 2020 is NAB House, 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
NAB House is near the corner of Bourke Street and William Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Tram routes 58, 86 and 96 stop on the corner. It is approximately a 5 minute walk from Flagstaff and Southern Cross Stations, and a slightly longer walk from Flinders Street and Melbourne Central Stations.
We’re in The Bowl, which is at the rear of NAB House. If you’re entering from Bourke Street go to the right, around the reception desk (you don’t need to sign in) until you see the glass doors before the stairs. You should see the Melbourne AWS User Group banner, and security will let you in to the area.
Our venue, NAB House, provides step-free access from Bourke Street through to The Bowl. Inside The Bowl, space is available for wheelchairs at the front of the seating, and at the rear.
All of our events are catered, and the catering varies from month to month, but we typically have the meetup staples like cold beer, wine, cider and soft drinks. Bottles of water are also available - hydration is important!
For food we usually have pizza, but we are tying to mix it up a bit, so feedback or ideas are welcome!
We always have a vegetarian option available at each event, and vegan or gluten free options by request.
We don’t order all dietary options for every meetup in order to keep food wastage down. We are more than happy to try and accomodate any requirements that you have, so please get in touch.
We generally have two or three presentations at each event, though this varies month to month. Our speakers are donating their time and knowlege for these events, so we ask that all attendees are polite and respectful.
Asking good questions is important to the flow of the night and the experience of everyone there. Here are some tips for asking good questions.
We like to encourage new speakers, and reserve a slot for a 10-minute lightning talk at the beginning of each meetup for someone who has not presented at the User Group before.
This can be a presentation on anything but is generally intended to be a Level 100 (Beginner to AWS) or Level 200 (Introduction to service) talk. Speaking Mentorship is available as well.
Many hours go into each meetup and many hands are a bounty, but it doesn’t take a large commitment to help out! There are tasks large and small at each event, such as setting out the catering, setting up AV, welcoming people or cleaning up.
No commitment is required (but also no refunds). If you’d like to help out please read more about volunteering.