Serverless stories in a data center, Amazon Web Services meetup 2019

Serverless stories in a data center, Amazon Web Services meetup 2019

We had an amazing turn-up on 20 February 2019 for our first time hosting the Amazon Web Services user group meetup here in the Iron Mountain AMS-1 datacenter, in the heart of the Waarderpolder of Haarlem.

What is Serverless?

Serverless is a cloud-computing execution model where the cloud provider (in this case, Amazon Web Services Lambda) runs the server, which enables developers to build and run almost any applications and other backend services without worrying about infrastructure management tasks, such as system maintenance or capacity provisioning. Basically, it simplifies the process of deploying code into production, as it handles directly for the developers everything that is required for their applications to run smoothly and be scalable at wish. 

Serverless code can be used in conjunction with code deployed in traditional styles, or applications can be written to be purely serverless and use no provisioned servers at all.

Thank you

We’d like to thank all of those who showed up to the meetup, Haarlem.Tech regulars and new comers, we hope you had an interesting and fun evening!

Thank you also to our community member Tomoharu Ito, talented Alexa Skill builder, Alexa champion and active member of the AWS user group Netherlands, for organizing three great talks.

Finally, we extend our gratitude to the speakers who came to share their knowledge and expertise of Serverless technology with us: Danilo Poccia, who flew all the way from London to be at the meetup, and Michael Oshita and Takahiro Horike, who took time off their precious sleep to talk to us live from Japan in the middle of the night.

If you wish to reminisce on all that you’ve learnt about Serverless framework and step functions during the meetup, you can access and dowload Danilo’s presentation through this link

Stay tuned to Haarlem.Tech’s website and social media for more great tech events.

Next up, our second edition of the Amazon Alexa meetups. Bring on April!

Serverless stories, Amazon Web Services meetup 2019

Serverless stories, Amazon Web Services meetup 2019

Haarlem Tech’s very first edition of the AWS meetups is coming up, make sure you don’t miss it!

The AWS user group Netherlands was created in 2017 in Amsterdam with one mission, getting the experts and fans of Amazon technology together in order to encourage knowledge sharing and networking. Today, the community has grown to 1500 members, mostly tech professionals with their own best practices and expertise, who love the meetups where they get constructive advice, new input and can freely discuss their shared passion for AWS products.

At Haarlem Tech we love to collaborate with the influencers of the tech world and thrive to become the place of reference in Haarlem and the Amsterdam area for hot tech happenings. For our first time hosting an AWS meetup, we have three speakers scheduled who are real thought leaders in their field and will tickle your interest regarding the latest Serverless architectures.

Honestly, can you think of a better way to spend your Wednesday evening?


17:30 – 18:00    Registration, welcoming snacks

18:00 – 19:00    First talk, Danilo Poccia

19:00 – 19:30    Second talk, Michael.H.Oshita

19:30 – 20:00    Third talk, Takahiro Horike

20:00 – 21:00    Networking, drinks and more snacks!


Danilo Poccia

Principal technical Evangelist @ Amazon Web Services

First talk: Technical Reviews and Demos of AWS AppSync/GraphQL and AWS Step Functions.

Master in the art of helping people bringing their ideas to life, focusing on event-driven programming and Serverless architectures, and well-rounded expert in exploiting the technical and business impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Michael H. Oshita

Freelancer, Serverless specialist and public speaker

Second talk: Trends of Serverless community and review of the latest Serverless Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

A regular speaker and inspirer at tech conferences and Serverless technology events.

Takahiro Horike

CEO of Serverless Operations

Third talk: What’s happening with Serverless Framework, and the AWS SAM.

Core Maintainer of Serverless framework and creator of Serverless Step functions and Serverless Dashboard for Atom.



This exclusive event is inside a Datacenter which requires identification of its visitors, for security purposes. Therefore participants of the meetup need to hold an event ticket and present a valid ID (passport, driver’s license) upon entering the premises. We still have some tickets available so make sure to RSVP before it’s too late!

Event Day Countdown








Alexa Meetup

Alexa Meetup

Sharing trends of Alexa, Voice User Interface and Alexa’s ecosystems.


Haarlem.Tech’s First meetup of Amazon Alexa in the Netherlands and the first meetup of JAWS-UG Haarlem, hosted by EvoSwitch.


For who? Developers, business marketers, researchers and other tech-enthusiasts.

Date: 11, April 2018 (Wed) 18:00 – 21:00

Place:, hosted by Evoswitch. J.W. Lucasweg 35, 2031 BE, Haarlem – The Netherlands


Five enthusiastic international speakers with extensive knowledge of Amazon Alexa.


Max Amordeluso (Amazon, head of Alexa Skills Kit team in Europe)

Tomoharu Ito (Freelance, Alexa Developer, organizer of JAWS-UG Haarlem)

Hidetaka Okamoto (DigitalCube.Inc, Software Engineer, Alexa Lover from Japan)

Jun Ichikawa (Infrastructure Engineer, One of the big influencers of Alexa in Japan)

Kana Kitagawa (Student, Alexa Lover from Japan)



17:30 — Open

18:00 — Welcome talk (

18:15 — Trend of Amazon Alexa (Max Amordeluso)

18:45 — Short introduction Alexa Voice Service (Tomoharu Ito)

19:00 — Love smart home skill with Amazon Alexa (Jun Ichikawa) online presentation

19:15 — Sort introduction development Alexa Skills (Hidetaka Okamoto) online prestentation

19:30 — Experience with Amazon Alexa in my life (Kana Kitagawa) online presentation

19:45 — Networking and drinks

21:00 — Close


Reserve your seat today by sending an email to Do you have any questions or remarks, email us today.

We hope to welcome you all April 11th.


Please note that you need a valid ID to enter the event location. You will not be allowed access without proper documents.


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