I’ve been tracking my blog posts and other “contributions” to the AWS developer community since 2017 when the program was originally called the AWS Cloud Warrior Program. This morphed into the Partner Ambassador program, for the top engineering talent in the partner community, and then became a global program.
You can find the ambassadors here. At the time of writing (Nov 1 2021), three are 227 people listed: 114 in APAC, 43 in Europe, 9 in LATAM, and 46 in North America.
I submitted some 28 items to the program in 2021 (until mid-October 2021), from Blog Posts to Case Studies, Open Source work, Event Hosting, and Certification Subject Matter Expert contributions.
This was enough to land me in the #2 position for 2021, as shared during the online Global Ambassador Summit recently – shown in this slide:
And while I sit here with 9 (of 11) AWS certifications (more set to launch during re:Invent), I don’t yet hold the coveted Gold Jacket for holding all available cert (which looks as loud and proud as you can imagine; I think I saw something similar in The Hangover movie).
Arjen and Ian are both amazing engineers; I am honoured to be considered amongst them in this program.
Sharing ideas and solutions has been core to my work in the technology field since I was at University when I first discovered open-source and then became a Debian Linux Developer. Indeed, as developers (and Sys Admins, these days deemed as DevOps Engineers) become more senior, sharing and mentoring becomes more of the job.
Occasionally I get feedback from people that my posts have helped them save time and find a solution quickly, or avoid problems. Often I find myself reading back my own posts years later, thanking younger-me for putting some notes online.
But as with most in this industry, we stand on the shoulders of others; the only right thing to do is to support those coming after us.