Workshop: Building and Running a Scalable Serverless App on AWS


9:00am - 4:00pm


Fri, 30 Jun

Key takeaways

Understanding of what Serverless is and what it is useful for

Skills to create and operate complete Serverless systems on AWS

Experience building efficient and effective AWS Lambda functions


Serverless is the latest trend in application and system architecture, but it’s not obvious or intuitive how to architect, build, or operate serverless applications. John Chapin and Mike Roberts discuss the benefits, trade-offs, concepts, and patterns of serverless architecture. We walk you through building, deploying, and running a serverless application using AWS technologies including API Gateway, Lambda, DynamoDB, and SNS. You’ll leave with a functioning serverless application written in Java running in your own AWS account, ready for you to enhance and extend.

Style: Hands-on

Bullet Points / Outline:

Serverless Architecture Overview

  • Benefits / Trade-offs
  • Backend as a service (BaaS)
  • Functions as a service (FaaS)
  • Use cases

Building and Operating a Serverless Application

  • Requirements
  • Architecture
  • Setup
  • Development
  • Testing
  • Deployment
  • Operations, including autoscaling
  • Monitoring

Speaker: John Chapin

Cloud Technology Consultant with an expertise in Serverless Computing

John Chapin is a co-founder of Symphonia (, an expert Serverless and Cloud Technology Consultancy based in NYC. He has over 15 years of experience as a technical executive and senior engineer. John was previously VP Engineering, Core Services & Data Science at Intent Media, where he helped teams transform how they delivered business value through Serverless technology and agile practices. Outside of Symphonia, he can be found running along the west side of Manhattan, surfing at Rockaway Beach, or planning his next trip abroad.

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Speaker: Mike Roberts

Co-Founder, Consultant at Symphonia

Mike Roberts is an engineering leader and co-founder of Symphonia - - a Serverless and Cloud Technology consultancy. Mike is a long-time proponent of Agile and DevOps values and is passionate about the role that cloud technologies have played in enabling such values for many high-functioning software teams. He sees serverless as the next technological evolution of cloud systems and as such is excited about its ability to help teams, and their customers, be awesome.

Find Mike Roberts at


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