HashiCorp, the company behind Terraform, Consul, and Vault, has a community recognition award they call “HashiCorp Ambassador.” This award is given to individuals who have committed to the spirit of open source and actively share their knowledge in HashiCorp products to the IT community through content creation and local events that advocate for and adhere to HashiCorp principles; in addition to providing productive, thoughtful feedback to HashiCorp on their products too.
In 2022, HashiCorp awarded recipients of the HashiCorp Ambassador award for the third year since they created this community recognition program. It’s a community recognition program that is similar to what Microsoft does with the Microsoft MVP program.
To win the HashiCorp Ambassador award you must first produce content and/or speak at events in a way that advocates for the HashiCorp products. And, the individuals considered for the award are going to be those who stand out of the crowd in providing value to the community as they advocate for HashiCorp products. Also, the award is given out annually, so each year you will need to show how you’ve contributed to the community in the previous year. When you receive the award, you will be a HashiCorp Ambassador for only 1 year; unless you get re-awarded again the next year.
Before you are considered for the award, though, you must be nominated. You can be nominated by someone else or even nominate yourself too. The nomination process is opens at the beginning of the year (in January I believe), and there is a limited amount of time for submissions to be received. Then HashiCorp will evaluate all the submissions and choose the current years awardees.
You can find information about nominating someone for the HashiCorp Ambassador award here: https://www.hashicorp.com/ambassadors
Build5Nine’s very own Chris Pietschmann had the honor of being awarded HashiCorp Ambassador in 2021. He was awarded mostly for his work in producing content advocating for and helping others learn and use HashiCorp’s Terraform Infrastructure as Code automation tooling.
Some content Chris Pietschmann created that helped him win the HashiCorp Ambassador 2021 award were articles like the following:
- Get Started with Terraform on Azure
- Use Terraform Input Variables to Parameterize Infrastructure Deployments
- Terraform Feature Flags & Environment Toggle Design Patterns
If you know someone who you think has what it takes, or you think you do yourself, then fill out a nomination submission when submissions are accepted again. Good luck on your award. Thanks for your own community contributions, and good luck!