Aws Filmologic Media Day SF 2019

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Aug 27, 2019

Aws Filmologic Media Day SF 2019

Last week, we co-hosted a Media Day with Amazon Web Services at their San Francisco office. With more than 100 in attendance, it was a super successful event for everyone there, with great opportunities to learn, discuss, and network with others in the industry.

This event was about learning how to easily and economically build and implement video processing, storage, and monetization workflows using AWS and machine learning services. As a unique twist, there were two parallel tracks available: one for business leaders and one for developers. It was great to be able to network with people from both groups.

I kicked off the business leaders’ track with a keynote presentation on how technology is reshaping film. I truly believe that the cloud, VR/AR, and AI/ML technologies are going to radically change how films are made, which I’ve dubbed “Hollywood 2.0”. It’s why I’m passionate about Linc, where we are currently working on incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence into our cloud-based studio platform to help automate production.

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There were nine total presentations for the business leaders track throughout the jam-packed day, followed by networking with the entire group at the trendy, nearby Barcha restaurant. Two highlights from the event include the presentations by the AWS Activate team and Twitch:

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Cliff Platt and Jacob Schnaitman of AWS shared more details on their AWS Activate program for startups. This unique program provides startups with not only a low cost, easy to use infrastructure, but also training and support resources designed to help startups quickly scale and grow. Thousands of startups are using AWS Activate, including Airbnb, Dollar Shave Club, and Peloton. We got to hear about the full scope of the program, how it helped these household names grow, plus the overall vision for the project.

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Are you part of an accelerator, incubator, or VC fund? They also have a Portfolio package just for you. If you are part of or work with startups, AWS Activate is worth looking into.


Albert Ho and Ross Engers of Twitch, the multiplayer entertainment platform, ended the day with a talk titled “Creating Interactive Applications with Low Latency Streaming the Twitch Way”.

As Twitch has been a pioneer in low latency live streaming, it was fascinating to hear them speak on the subject. Their rapid growth means that they are now scaling their infrastructure to millions of concurrent streams. They are hands down the experts in this field, and everyone learned a lot.

Another great event in the books!

All in all, the AWS and Filmologic Media Day was another successful event, thanks to the support from Amazon Web Services and our Filmologic members. Events like these remind us just how lucky we are to be in such a creative, talented industry!

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For the full list of speakers and presentations, including more details on the developers track, check out AWS’s event page to see what you missed.

It’s our mission at Filmologic to bring people together to learn and discuss the latest ideas in media technology – if you want to stay in the loop on all of our events, be sure to join our Filmologic Meetup group and our Facebook page.