Talking tech – The Gisborne Herald
Posted on April 24, 2021 12:19 PM
The Amazon team in town in preparation for the start-up weekend.
Trillion-dollar tech giant Amazon is showing up at Taiki e! next week.
Ahead of Taiki e’s Tairawhiti Startup Weekend, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) team will be in Gisborne from April 27-29 to offer workshops, one-on-one technical advice, and hands-on demonstrations of some of the latest technological advancements.
Sessions will include technical discussions at the Treble Court base in Taiki e on Wednesday and Thursday, and a driverless autonomous racing car event in the Maori Studies building at EIT on Wednesday.
The tour is an introduction to Taiki e’s Tairawhiti Startup Weekend 54-hour event at Campion College from Friday to Sunday.
Haren Samarasekera, AWS Territory Manager, encourages companies, startups and students to attend the sessions.
“We want to help develop skills in the community, especially around technology skills, and show career paths in the community.
“Gisborne has a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit. It is important to foster a culture of innovation at the start of solving issues that matter to the community and to customers. “
AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon. Its main business is to provide the infrastructure and cloud computing to host websites on the Internet and maintain the servers that make the web work around the world.
LinkedIn, the social media website for professionals, reports that cloud computing skills have been ranked as the most sought after by employers over the past four years.
Mr. Samarasekera reiterates this sentiment.
“What we’re seeing, both globally and locally, is that IT and tech skills are among the skills most in demand by employers today, especially around cloud skills.”
Although Amazon is known as a retailer, its web services are huge.
AWS hosts nearly a third of all websites and had over $ 60 billion in revenue in 2020.
The “tech talks” will provide students and businesses with an introduction to cloud computing, machine learning, and career opportunities.
As the demand for cloud computing skills increases, so too do communities develop effective talent pools that drive economic growth and opportunity, says Samarasekera.
“We think this is a great opportunity to tap into the entrepreneurial community and provide advice and expertise on cloud technology and capabilities.”
Along with technical discussions, AWS offers business and technical advice.
For more information, visit the Taiki e! Facebook page.
Taiki e! is an entrepreneurial coworking space that helps revive Gisborne’s startup community and fosters innovation.
HEAD IN THE CLOUD: Haren Samarasekera, Amazon Web Services Territory Manager. An AWS team will be in Gisborne next week to host technical discussions and workshops and provide personalized advice. Picture provided