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Announcing the latest AWS Heroes – August 2022

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The global AWS community is filled with passionate builders, eager to learn and explore ways to build better and faster on AWS. Within the AWS community, a select few individuals truly go above and beyond to share their knowledge and inspire others through content creation, event organization, open source contributions, and more. These community leaders are called AWS Heroes, and today we are thrilled to recognize the latest cohort:

Alexey Grigorev – Berlin, Germany

Machine Learning Hero Alexey Grigorev works as a principal data scientist at OLX and he runs DataTalks.Club, a community of 20,000+ data enthusiasts. He has written a few books about machine learning. One of them is Machine Learning Bookcamp, a book for software engineers who want to get into machine learning. A big fan of serverless and AWS Lambda, Alexey likes teaching how to use Lambda and other AWS services for Machine Learning model deployment. He lives in Berlin with his wife and son.

Allen Helton – McKinney, USA

Serverless Hero Allen Helton is a Cloud Architect at Tyler Technologies with a sharp focus on serverless-first development. He has been working in tech since 2012, after graduating with a B.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. Allen writes extensively about serverless on his blog Ready, Set, Cloud, where he shares everything from reference architectures to enterprise level production readiness tips. He also regularly engages on serverless topics on Twitter.

Liz Fong-Jones – Vancouver, Canada / Sydney, Australia

Community Hero Liz Fong-Jones is a developer advocate, labor and ethics organizer, and Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with 17+ years of experience. She is an advocate at Honeycomb for the SRE and Observability communities. She led implementation of Service-Level Objectives and adoption of Graviton2/Graviton3 at Honeycomb, and co-authored Observability Engineering. She has served on the OpenTelemetry governance committee and on the SREcon steering committee. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her wife Elly, partners, and a Samoyed/Golden Retriever mix, and in Sydney, NSW. She plays classical piano, leads an EVE Online alliance, and advocates for transgender rights.

Scott Hsieh – New Taipei City, Taiwan

Data Hero Scott Hsieh, also known as Shu-Jeng Hsieh, is a Data Architect at 104 Corporation. He has been sharing content on and Medium for nearly 2 years and has spoken at 6 events including AWS Summit Taiwan, re:Invent re:Cap, and DevAx::Alliance, mostly on data topics. He became an AWS Community Builder in the end of 2020 and achieved 10 AWS certifications within 1.5 years. Additionally, Scott has created 5 CDK constructs for 5 programming languages which in total are approaching 100K downloads. He is active in the AWS User Group Taiwan Facebook group, and enjoys helping people to grasp AWS services with ease and learning from experts across different fields.



If you’d like to learn more about the new Heroes, or connect with a Hero near you, please visit the AWS Heroes website or browse the AWS Heroes Content Library.


Ross Barich

Ross Barich

In his role as Head of AWS Community, Ross and his team focus on scaling community-led activities and initiatives around the world—including the AWS Heroes and AWS Community Builders programs, AWS Community Day global events, and AWS User Groups.