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AWS said the event, part of Amazon’s Startup Day series will run on 13 September and was created to help accelerate startup innovation and growth.
The event will feature a keynote address by AWS global startup evangelist Mackenzie Kosut, as well as speakers from Cape Town venture capital fund 4Di Capital and SA startup Custos Media and Nigerian tech company Flutterwave.
AWS startup customers like Luno, Travelstart and Jumo will also share practical advice and lessons learnt, while the event will feature technical deep dives on AWS services.
The Cape Town AWS event will feature AWS global startup evangelist Mackenzie Kosut, as well as speakers from 4Di Capital, Custos Media and Flutterwave
The deep dives will cover things such as tracking and measuring user behaviour (featuring advice from startups Jumo and Travelstart), securing your customer data, AWS’s machine learning services and tools and how microservices allow you to easily deploy and debug atomic pieces of infrastructure.
In addition, panel discussions will feature thought leaders from the Africna tech ecosystem including Knife Capital, Venture Garden Group and Angelhub Ventures
There will also be a pitching competition where AWS will look to find the next big startup venture.
The pitching will be held in two stages — with the first to be held between 9am and 1pm and the second between 4pm and 5pm when shortlisted founders will be given three minutes to re-pitch in front of a panel of industry experts and Startup Day attendees.
Winners will get a package of mentoring and AWS platform credits during Startup Day Cape Town.
Last month Business Day reported that Amazon is expanding its presence in Cape Town and will be the sole tenant in a new eight-storey office building that’s nearing completion. The company is also advertising a number of jobs in Cape Town.
Editor’s note (27 August 2018): AWS t0ld Ventureburn subsequent to the publication of this article that the expansion would help benefit African startups. Read more here.