AWS BugBust: The World's First Competition for Java and Python Developers
2:35 PM - 2:40 PM (EDT)

Listen as Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon Web Services, explains to developers what the AWS BugBust contest is all about and how to participate. Developers solve difficult problems. Problems like scaling systems and using cloud technologies to develop COVID vaccines in record time and reinvent how pharmaceuticals are shipped, preserved, and protected. Developers work tirelessly behind the scenes —writing code, testing it, and deploying it— to bring innovations to life. But a developer's work is not over once code is pushed to production; keeping code up and running requires ongoing effort. We have all been involved in hackathons in one way or another, from participating as a builder to mentoring to judging hacks. It’s gratifying to watch developers come together to solve a problem and see who comes up with the best or most novel approach. There’s nothing more fun than collaborating in an energetic environment where people are trading ideas and best practices to build something innovative. Werner and his team at AWS kept pondering questions like, "How can we help customers spend more time building new things and less on technical debt? How can we take the energy and excitement of a hackathon and apply this in other areas? What does this look like in an increasingly distributed and virtual world? How can we apply ML to improve every aspect of the developer experience?" Just recently, AWS BugBust was launched. It’s the first global bug-busting challenge for developers to fix bugs in a fun and competitive environment. Our challenge has the ambitious goal of enabling our customers to fix one million bugs and helping their organizations save $100 million in technical debt. The best part? The top ten bug busters win a trip to re:Invent in Las Vegas for the first annual AWS BugBust live competition.

Werner Vogels