Hi, I’m Seiji. I attended JAWS DAYS which is the biggest annual event of Japan AWS User Group (JAWS-UG) as a staff and a speaker for this year again. The catchword for this time is “No borders”. I felt that JAWS DAYS has been refreshed by new members. Especially, thanks to lots of International guests and volunteer staff, it has more internationalize than before.
The most impressive thing for me was that I had a lot of chances to talk and having collaborations with our special International guests who is AWS Vice President & Chief Evangelist Mr. Jeff Barr and many other famous technical evangelists, managers and Asian AWS User Group organizers. It has also made our event more interesting for many nationalities people who live in Japan. Because it had been difficult for them to attend event which was held all in Japanese language.
And I was given an unexpected chance to deliver presentation as a keynote session. I talked about two things. The first thing is the power of our community that I learned from leaders like my “Jedi Masters” since 2013. I’d like to share these things with many people in the world as I was given from my Jedi Masters.
The second thing is my proposal for AWS to expand our International community relationship. The idea is making new service “AWS Global Community Support Program”. It's a supporting program for worldwide user group to develop International relationship.
Some Asian AWS User Group member and I were invited to AWS Summit Seoul, AWS Summit Beijing and AWS Community day in Seoul as official speakers. These were great chances to get deepen engagement with each other and it has been a driving force to growth Asian User Group.
I hope it won’t be a moment, it will be the movement of the worldwide community. I hopeAWS expand these chances as an official service, and will be shared with young people who want to learn technologies through AWS, and they will become new Jedies by that service. So, I honestly hope my idea will be realized someday. It's so cool, Isn't it?
[ タイトル]What's the Power Of The JAWS-UG(仮)
* それらが集まってJAWS DAYSなどAWSで社会にインパクトを与えるようなイベントを続けている点
Length: these will be short, 5 minute max, lightning talks. Very informal, meant to give a quick overview of some success stories & tips from your UG (and then hopefully sparking deeper conversation around that topic).
Only one slide: each of you can have 1 cover slide with an overview of your UG, key stats, etc. Other than that, no slides, let’s keep this simple!
Value of Larger Community-led Events - Thorsten Höger, Stuttgart AWS User Group
Keeping Momentum in a Large User Group - Margaret Valtierra, Chicago AWS User Group
Expanding Your User Group to Multiple Cities - Anders Bjørnestad, Norway AWS User Groups
What’s the growth strategy of JAWS-UG - Seiji Akatsuka, Japan AWS User Groups (JAWS-UG)
Building an Online Community - Fernando Honig, AWS en Español Online Meetup
Hi, everyone. I'm Seiji Akatsuka. I'm a member of organizing team of Japan AWS User Group.
First of all, Thank you very much for giving us such a great opportunity.
I live in Northeastern part of Japan. It’s a countryside and was difficult to learn AWS before joining the community. Is there anybody who knows this area in Japan?
But I think that lots of people may know that the great earthquake and tsunamiwaves in March 11, 2011. It struck off in this area.
After that, lots of people around the world helped us as volunteers, giving donation etc. Of course, our original member also worked as volunteer through community. For example, they migrated Japan Red Cross's website to S3 hosting and CloudFront. Because the website had been hanged up by huge amount of access by people need help or want to give help from all over the world.
They did it only for 30 mins though most of people thought that it's never possible in that serious situation. It taught us that we have 2 of super powers. The first one is AWS technologies and second one is strong relationship of the community. It connected me to the community as well.
Now, we have over 50 branches in all over Japan including countryside, and they are running individually like microservices architecture. It can easily scale out the community and keep us for being enthusiastic. So we can keep holding an annual big event named JAWS DAYS which have more than 1,000 of attendees including many nationalities. It connect a lot of people to the community and we can find new heroes from this event to foster innovation.
And recently, we've started to collaborate with other UserGroups which in other countries. Especially in this year, some UserGroups in APAC areas and we held a meetup event in Korea. We shared knowledges, experiences and passion with each other. Korean UserGroup team hosted it and offered us a lot of things to held that event. So now, AWS APAC community connect us to the International relationship where ever we live.
Lastly, we'd like to contribute more to our friends and expand friendship with all of you. So, let's have fun the whole week together. It's still day1 for developing the AWS world wide UserGroup which can connect everyone who loves AWS like us.
Thank you very much!
Hi, I'm Seiji. This is a report about an International AWS User Group event which was held by APAC area leaders in Seoul and Jeju Island last September 21 - 23.
This event was a historical event I haven’t attended before. Because it was planned by 8 communities organizers in APAC almost through online.
First of all, Thank you very much Korean team for giving us a lot of support, activities and great experiences.
September 21, 2017
Firstly, I attended these events with some organizers from Japan and other nationality members from Korea, China, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Thailand and Philippines.
Mr. Takuya Tachibana (CEO of HEPTAGON) form Aomori branch
Mr. Hidetaka Okamoto (Engineer of DigitalCube) from Kyoto branch
Seiji Akatsuka (Serverworks) from Yamagata branch (Yours truly)
September 22, 2017
AWS APAC User Group Meetup 2017
I woke up at 5am to go to GIMPO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT by taxi with Japan team. It took us about an hour and about 50,000W to get there. Between Seoul to Jeju island is one of the most busiest airline in the world. So, we can take airplane for almost every 5 minutes.
I booked T Way Air which is an LCC through its Japanese website and got the ticket at the counter very easily. https://www.twayair.com/
Finally, I arrived at Jeju Volcanic Island and started the event "AWS APAC User Group Meetup 2017" for 2 days!
This is the purpose of this event.
Sharing Experiences. AWS Community Leader Meetup (APAC) is leader-focused closed event discussing to build community and operational know-how learning from local activities. We can hear lots of ideas and understand cultural differences, choose the best practices and apply them to your community. We could do opening talk and introducing each communities, ice-breaking band networking party. We had similar joint-events among JAWS-UG, AWSKRUG and Singapore UG together.
Move to the venue
We started to move by bus which has a tour guide. He was funny man and could talk in Korean, English and Japanese fluently.
Mr. Channy Yun (AWS tech evangelist in Korea) took us to an office tour. Actually, Kakao is his previous company. He told us that a lot of people move from Seoul or other areas to Jeju island to work. So, there is a kindergarten, a farm and many other places for live and work comfortable.
That interesting arch-shaped building is the kindergarten.
We took a rest at the cafe and had lunch at a dining room.
Community Best Practices -AWS APAC Communitiy Free Style Lightning Talks Jam-
Thanks to Mr. Channy Yun, we could use Kakao seminar room as the venue.
Hidetaka and I brought an instrument which called Dora to keep time in Japanese style.
We decided to take turns of Lightning Talks randomly and start taking 5-min. presentation.
It's Lightning Talks time by all of attendees to share culture, know-how, trend and our passion. The most important thing of community is passion or enthusiasm. And I'd say that Lightning Talks was one of the best way to share our passion with all attendees.
All of the sessions were high level!
I was amazed by what He showed with his presentation as a University student!
And the final presenter was Takuya. He introduced AWS Karuta card game. Karuta card game is a traditional card game in Japan. To play this game, someone read the card describe something and other people find the card drawn about it. And AWS Karuta game which created by Shingo Yoshida who is an organizer of Yokohama-branch, Amazon Polly read the card describe some AWS services and people find the card printed its icon. https://github.com/jaws-ug/AWS-Karuta
The APAC champion is Vit Niennattrakul from Thailand! Takuya presented Karuta game card set for Thailand UG and other high score UGs.
The Cottage located in a quiet and calm atmosphere was so comfortable. It had a nice garden, full kitchen, washing machine and 2-bedrooms.
Then, we talked about differences and similarities of culture in each countries. These are quite interesting for us to learn about each other.
* Especially China, Korea and Japan have lots of similar words. For example, appreciation is quite similar sound in these countries.
* To call someone by her/his last name is impolite way in Korea but it's opposite in Japan.
* Good manners for elderly people in each countries.
And Karaoke machine was brought into the cottage for International Karaoke party! People spent their time singing, talking, sleeping do as they want. Actually, it was the most peaceful and impressive experience for me in this trip.
September 23, 2017
We got up at 7am and had breakfast to leave the cottage by 9am.
Juk (Korean oatmeal) and Kimchi (Korean pickles) were very nice.
Let's go to today's activities!
Morning walk around the beach.
Jeju is a Volcanic Island so there are lots of Lava stones like in Hawaii.
Sharing Experiences AWS Community Leader Meetup (APAC) is leader-focused closed event discussing to build community and operational knowhow learning from local activities. We can hear lots of ideas and understand cultural differences, choose the best practices and apply them to your community. We could do opening talk and introducing each communities, ice-breaking band networking party. We had similar joint-events among JAWS-UG, AWSKRUG and Singapore UG together.
AWSKRUG is following similar stages after launching Seoul region with JAWS’s explosive growth after Tokyo region. We could learn and share more experiences and knowledge with future engagement between us.
Held on the 6th anniversary of Great East Japan earthquake, JAWS DAYS ‘17 also reminds us the power of nature and sorrow. I was deeply touched by how well the communities and corporations reacted to this shocking event, and the humanity demonstrated from great deeds, from the true heroes.
For me, JAWS is an example of how a community should work. Self sufficient, scaled, and with a fun and welcoming atmosphere. I’d like to thank everyone who took part in JAWSDAYS for being so kind, and I learned a lot about how we, in Singapore and ASEAN, can further scale our community.
Keep going - I look forward to JAWSDAYS being Asia’s biggest AWS event!