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Thursday, February 15, 2007
Amazon Web Services Presentation: Web-Scale Computing

Subject:  You must register at in order to be admitted to the building and attend.

What's possible in a post Web 2.0 world? Innovation continues at a mind-bending pace, and this presentation by Mike Culver from Amazon Web Services will showcase some thought-provoking new directions that Web Services are headed in. The presentation will provide an overview of Amazon Web Services, including a Web Service named Mechanical Turk that allows computers to make requests of people, an online storage service, and more. You’ll also see a C# coding demo that enables you to understand what’s involved when you want to consume one of these services. Amazon spent ten years and over $2 billion developing a world-class technology and content platform that powers Amazon web sites for millions of customers every day. Most people think “" when they hear the word; however developers are excited to learn that there is a separate technology arm of the company, known as Amazon Web Services or AWS. Using AWS, developers can build software applications leveraging the same robust, scalable, and reliable technology that powers Amazon's retail business. AWS has now launched ten services with open APIs for developers to build applications, with the result that over 200,000 developers have registered on Amazon's developer site to create applications based on these services.

Speaker:  Mike Culver, Amazon Web Services

Mike Culver joined Amazon Web Services after many years at Microsoft, where he managed a team of developer evangelists who helped launch the .NET Framework. At Amazon, Mike is focused on developer-to-developer engagements and how Web services can be used in new and innovative ways. When not up to his eyeballs in code and technology, Mike can be found at the airport flying his 1947 Luscombe taildragger. In fact, he runs a flying website about General Aviation (

Date:  Thursday, February 15, 2007

Time:  Reception 6:00 PM , Program 6:15 PM

Location:   Microsoft , 1290 Avenue of the Americas (the AXA building - bet. 51st/52nd Sts.) , 6th floor
Directions: B/D/F/M to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Ctr
1 to 50th St./Bway
N/Q/R to 49th St./7th Ave.