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We are creating the Hyperledger Technical Ambassador program to create an official role for technical evangelists that have expertise in the different Hyperledger projects who are interested in participating in speaking engagements and helping new community members get involved in the project.

Goals

With this program, we plan to achieve the following goals:

  • Drive awareness & adoption by sharing knowledge, best practices and tips for Hyperledger projects with others around the world
  • Build a helpful, hopeful & humble community around Hyperledger technologies
  • Create a force multiplier to our staff for speaking at meetups and with answering questions online
  • Increase the quality of community interactions by providing more structure and support to people interested in community building activities
  • Leverage regional expertise and create a way to bring in ideas, feedback, and suggestions from around the world

Profile of an Ambassador

An ambassador is a go-to resource for those interested in Hyperledger and they are driven by the purpose of helping others learn more about the project. Ambassadors are community members who are:

  • Passionate about Hyperledger and blockchain/smart contracts/distributed ledger technology
  • Recognized for their expertise and willingness to help others learn about the project and community
  • Influencers and evangelists who are already engaged with the project in some way, contributing to forums, online groups, community, etc
  • Technically focused – an Ambassador will have a high-level understanding of each of the projects within the Hyperledger umbrella, as well as deep technical knowledge of one of the projects or a specific component of blockchain/distributed ledger technology (e.g., cryptography, identity)
  • Helpful, hopeful and humble

Role of an Ambassador

Responsibilities of an Ambassador include, but are not limited to:

  • Be a go-to resource for helping people learn about Hyperledger online and in their local region
  • Solicit, gather and share feedback from users with Hyperledger and the community
  • Help connect interested users with the right folks within the community and with Hyperledger staff
  • Attend and support local Hyperledger Meetups and community events
  • Answer questions on Mail-lists, Rocketchat, Twitter, Quora, Stack Overflow, at events, etc
  • Help onboard new contributors
  • Coordinate closely with the Hyperledger Community Architects through quarterly check-ins and through in-person discussions when Ambassadors happen to be at the same events

Note that community members that join the Ambassador program don’t need to make an open-ended commitment to the project. If you find that you no longer have time for this role, you may opt to leave the program.

Interactions with other programs

Ambassadors have a role that complements other efforts in the community, in particular, the Hyperledger Speaker’s Bureau and Hyperledger Meetup program. Ambassadors may choose to also participate in those programs. To help clarify the different roles and responsibilities, here are more details about how these programs interact.

  • Speaker’s Bureau: Speaker’s Bureau members speak on behalf of Hyperledger at both public and private industry events. Ambassadors do this as well, although their role in the community goes beyond just speaking. The additional tasks an Ambassador does in the community really elevate the impact they are making and therefore they will be recognized distinctly from Speaker’s Bureau participants.
  • Meetups: Local meetups are a key channel for Ambassadors to use to reach community members in their region. Ambassadors do not need to be the meetup organizer (although they can if they want) but they are asked to take responsibility for meetups by attending and participating in them.

Incentives

As recognition for their contributions to the project, Ambassadors may receive:

  • Free passes to the annual Hyperledger Global Forum or other Hyperledger events - ability to offer discounted passes to a select number of people they have helped or who are interested in Hyperledger
  • An official title and a Hyperledger branded business card
  • Hyperledger Ambassador email alias
  • Special badge that can go on LinkedIn page, resumes, social media, blogs etc.
  • Spotlight or guest blogs on Hyperledger’s website
  • First dibs on Hyperledger swag like t-shirts, water bottles, stickers etc.
  • Assistance getting contributed articles about blockchain/distributed ledger related topics placed
  • Travel assistance on a case-by-case basis
  • Valuable experience and new skills

Selecting Ambassadors

Active members of the Hyperledger technical community (as defined in Section 4.a.ii of the Hyperledger Charter) are welcome to apply to become an Ambassador, although only people with a solid understanding of the project and with demonstrated contributions to the community will be accepted. The Linux Foundation Hyperledger staff will vet and approve these applications. To prepare for applying, we encourage you to take the free Hyperledger training course and to get actively involved in the community. Some community members who have already been performing the roles of an Ambassador will be invited to join the program.

community/ambassador.txt · Last modified: 2018/02/14 00:46 by David Boswell