Serverless Data Processing on AWS


Welcome to the Serverless Data Processing on AWS workshop!

This is a 200-level workshop designed to illustrate how to use AWS services to process real-time data streams without managing servers. In this workshop, we’ll build infrastructure to enable operations personnel at Wild Rydes headquarters to monitor the health and status of their unicorn fleet. Each unicorn is equipped with a sensor that reports its location and vital signs. During this workshop we’ll use AWS to build applications to process and visualize this data in real-time.

We will use a variety of AWS services including: Amazon Kinesis, AWS Lambda, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Cognito, and Amazon Athena. We’ll use Lambda to process real-time streams, DynamoDB to persist unicorn vitals, Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics to build a serverless application to aggregate data, Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose to archive the raw data to Amazon S3, and Athena to run ad-hoc queries against the raw data.


This workshop is divided into four modules. Each module describes a scenario of what we’re going to build and step-by-step directions to help you implement the architecture and verify your work.

Module Description
Real-time Streaming Data Create a stream in Kinesis and write to and read from the stream to track Wild Rydes unicorns on a live map. In this module you’ll also create an Amazon Cognito identity pool to grant the live map access to your stream.
Streaming Aggregation Build an Kinesis Data Analytics application to read from the stream and aggregate metrics like unicorn health and distance traveled each minute.
Stream Processing Persist aggregate data from the application to a backend database stored in DynamoDB and run queries against those data.
Data Lake Use Kinesis Data Firehose to flush the raw sensor data to an S3 bucket for archival purposes. Using Athena, you’ll run SQL queries against the raw data for ad-hoc analysis.

⚠️ These modules are intended to be executed linearly.

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✅ Review and follow the directions in the setup guide, wherein you’ll configure your AWS Cloud9 IDE and setup pre-requisites like an AWS Account.