What is the HashiCorp Ambassador Award? 1

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

What is the HashiCorp Ambassador Award? 2

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:

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!

Microsoft MVP

Chris Pietschmann is a Microsoft MVP (Azure & IoT) and HashiCorp Ambassador (2021) with 20+ years of experience designing and building Cloud & Enterprise systems. He has worked with companies of all sizes from startups to Fortune 100. He is also a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect and developer, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.