The AWS Community Builders program offers technical resources, education, and networking opportunities to AWS technical enthusiasts and emerging thought leaders who are passionate about sharing knowledge and connecting with the technical community.
Interested AWS builders should apply to the program to build relationships with AWS product teams, AWS Heroes, and the AWS community.
Throughout the program, AWS subject matter experts will provide informative webinars, share insights — including information about the latest services — as well as best practices for creating technical content, increasing reach, and sharing AWS knowledge across online and in-person communities. The program will accept a limited number of members per year. All AWS builders are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The 2024 application is over. Add your name to the waitlist for the January 2025 application cycle.
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What are the benefits of joining the AWS Community Builders program?
Hear from AWS product teams and get information about new services and features
Learn from AWS subject matter experts on a variety of topics via weekly webinars
AWS Promotional Credits and other helpful resources to support content creation
Opportunities to connect with and learn from like-minded developers
Q: Who can apply to the AWS Community Builders program?
Any individual who is 18 or older and passionate about building on AWS can apply to join the AWS Community Builders program. The application process is open to AWS technical builders worldwide, and all interested individuals are welcome and encouraged to apply. The AWS Community Builders program seeks applicants from all regions, demographics, and underrepresented communities.
Q: What are the criteria for becoming a member of the AWS Community Builders program?
Applications will be reviewed once a year, and applicants who are accepted into the program will be invited on a yearly basis. While there is no single specific criterion for being accepted into the program, emphasis is placed on evidence and accuracy of technical content that helps other AWS-focused builders, such as blog posts, videos, open source contributions, and presentations. Online knowledge sharing, such as posts to AWS re:Post, Stack Overflow, Reddit, etc., is also considered. Links must be viewable to the general public to be valid.
Q: What are the expectations for members of the AWS Community Builders program?
Program members are encouraged to join virtual calls, participate in learning opportunities, continue to share or produce educational and technical content, actively engage with and help build the AWS community, and demonstrate continued interest in learning more about AWS.
Q: How long does the AWS Community Builders program last?
The AWS Community Builders program is an ongoing initiative built in one year intervals for program members. Many members will feel like the skills they’ve gained after one year are sufficient and exit, while others may easily re-apply to remain in the program for another year. Part of the re-application process is showing examples of content or contributions that helps other AWS builders.
Q: How is the AWS Community Builders program different from the AWS Heroes program?
The AWS Community Builders program accepts applications, while the AWS Heroes program is an invitation-only recognition program. The Community Builders program focuses on offering education and community engagement opportunities to a larger number of interested and active AWS builders, whereas the Heroes program has fewer members. Being a part of the Community Builders program does not exclude you from future nomination to the Heroes program.
Q: Does the AWS Community Builders program cost anything for members?
No, the program is free for all members.
Q: What are the benefits of joining the AWS Community Builders program?
Members of the program will receive:
- Access to AWS product teams and information about new services and features via weekly webinars
- Learning from AWS subject matter experts on a variety of non-technical topics, including content creation and support for submitting CFPs and securing speaking engagements
- AWS Promotional Credits and other helpful resources to support content creation and community-based work
- Some surprises!
Q: What service categories are represented in the program?
Currently, the program covers the following technology areas: Containers, Data (databases, analytics), Developer Tools, Front-End Web and Mobile, Cloud Ops, Machine Learning, Network Content & Delivery, Security & Identity, and Serverless.