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AWS architects and engineers will reopen a physical loft in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco on October 1st. The Loft offers Bay Area startups free AWS technical resources to help scale and grow their businesses. Activities include hands-on bootcamps and labs, 1:1 sessions with AWS Solutions Architects, and evening networking events.


Hours and Location

The Loft is at 925 Market Street and doors will be open 10AM to 6PM on weekdays, with select events running until 8PM on weeknights. Check the Loft homepage which includes a calendar, listing all Loft events and activities.

Weekly Activities

Ask an Architect: You can bring questions about AWS architecture, cost optimization, services and features, and anything else AWS-related to a 1:1, 60 minute session with a member of the AWS technical team.

Technical Presentations: AWS Solution Architects, Product Managers, and Evangelists will deliver technical presentations covering topics including Introduction to AWS, Big Data, Compute & Networking, Architecture, Mobile & Gaming, Databases, Operations, and Security.

AWS Technical Bootcamps: These full-day bootcamps include hands-on lab exercises using a live environment with the AWS console. Usually these cost $600, but at the Loft they are offered for free. Bootcamps you can register for include: “Getting Started with AWS,” “AWS Essentials,” “Highly Available Apps,” and “Taking AWS Operations to the Next Level.”


Self-paced, Hands-on Labs: These online technical labs are available for walk-ins throughout the day. Beginner through advanced labs are offered on topics that range from creating Amazon EC2 instances to launching and managing a web application with CloudFormation. Usually $30 each, labs free at the Loft.

Customer Speaking Events and Evening Happy Hours: The most innovative Bay Area startups share the technical and business journeys they undertook as their ideas came to life. CircleCI, NPM, Lyft, Librato, Cotap, Runscope and others will be featured speakers during evening happy hours.

Visit the Loft homepage to learn more and see detailed weekly schedules.