AWS RE:INFORCE is nearly here. Two whole days of talks, panels and sessions on everything associated with security, identity, and compliance. At Aporeto, we’re particularly looking forward to the Security Jam, and the keynote address from Stephen E. Schmidt, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at AWS. There should be plenty of opportunity to get our teeth into the topic of securing workloads with identity-based access control.
But: chances are, if you’re attending AWS RE:INFORCE, you’re not a Boston native. You may well have flown in from as far away as Brazil, Canada, France or California. And while you’re in town, you should do your best to carve out an extra day at the beginning or end of your trip to see some of the sights. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, first founded by English settlers in 1630, and it has played a key role in American history and culture ever since.
Here are six Boston highlights to add some color to your AWS RE:INFORCE trip:
Take a Guided Tour of Harvard University
Harvard is one of the most famous and prestigious universities in the world. It’s a short trip out of central Boston, and they offer great guided tours. Harvard counts amongst its alumni eight U. S. presidents and 158 Nobel laureates. In the tech space, both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg famously attended the university. So did more than 150 CEOs of startups that have raised more than $1 million. As you’re in town to appreciate cutting edge thinking and intelligence, Harvard is a great place to visit.
Visit Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
Even if you don’t have time for a full campus tour, this is a must. An incredible collection of old scientific and medical equipment from the previous 300 years, from early telegraph machines to MRI scanners. The highlight is the IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC), called Mark I, an early electromechanical computer built in 1944.
Visit the MIT Museum
The MIT Museum has all sorts of things on display. But it has a ton of super-cool exhibits exploring holography, technology-related art, and artificial intelligence. Boston’s robotics R&D is world-renowned, and there is a ton of cool robotics stuff. There’s a great exhibition on right now that looks at the incredible innovations of the 19th-century maritime engineer Nathanael Greene Herreshoff.
Go See the Red Sox
On the evenings of both Tuesday the 25th and Wednesday the 26th, the Boston Red Sox are playing the Chicago White Sox at the legendary Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in America. For a true Boston experience, go along to the ball game. No promises that the tickets will be cheap.
Eat Some Clam Chowder
It might be a New England cliché, but the chowder here really is something. Recharge from an intense day at AWS RE:INFORCE with a big bowl of the stuff. According to Boston Magazine, this year, some the best chowder in town can be found at Atlantic Fish Co., Legal Sea Foods, Union Oyster House and Ned Devine’s.
Walk the Freedom Trail
It’s touristy for a reason. The 2.5-mile-long Freedom Trail passes through sixteen sites that are deeply important to American history, including the Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating a major battle in the American Revolutionary War. To avoid the crowds, download a self-guided audio tour to your phone.
If you’re going to be at AWS RE:INFORCE, come and say hi to us at Booth #418. The Aporeto team will be there talking about the identity-based cloud security revolution. If you would like to book a one on one with us, we would love to tell you more.
You can also find us on the AWS Marketplace.