Austin Loveless, Cloud Architect at Photobucket
Hero since 2020
Austin is a Cloud Architect at Photobucket and Founder of the AWSMeetupGroup. The AWSMeetupGroup, initially in the Denver Area, is now a nationwide group traveling once a month to reach a broader audience. He live-streams all his events on YouTube. He partners with large software companies (AWS, MongoDB, Confluent, Galvanize, Flatiron School) to help grow the meetup group and teach more people.
His real passion is reaching out to a broad audience of all skill levels to improve their technical knowledge and better their careers. When he hosts events, he doesn't just lecture for an hour—he comes prepared with written tutorials and code for people to follow along with and, ideally, use on their projects or at work. On this matter, He says, "Technology is all around us today, and most people don't understand half of what it does. Teaching regular people about what is going around them is important for us as a society to grow."
What is the AWS Hero Program?
The AWS Hero program recognizes a vibrant, worldwide group of AWS experts whose enthusiasm for knowledge-sharing has had a real impact within the community. Heroes go above and beyond to share knowledge via social media, blog posts, open source projects, events, and user groups.