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Becoming an AWS Community Builder 🏗️☁️

Are you an AWS enthusiast looking to take your cloud knowledge and skills to the next level?


Becoming an AWS Community Builder is an excellent opportunity to do just that. In this article, we will explore the benefits of becoming an AWS Community Builder and why you should consider this path.

My name is Exequiel Barrirero, co-founder of binbash (AWS Select Tier Services Partner), and through this exciting journey, I had the opportunity to discover and become part of the AWS Community Builders Program. And today I am thrilled I have been accepted for the 2nd year!!! This program offers a unique opportunity for technology enthusiasts and emerging thought leaders to strengthen their cloud and collaboration skills, gain access to resources and education, and network with like-minded individuals in the community.

In this article, I will be sharing my personal experience as an AWS Community Builder since 2021 and why I believe it is worth it to be a part of this program. From the exclusive talks and training sessions to the networking opportunities, resources provided and 50% discount for re:Invent 2022 ticket, the program has been an incredibly valuable asset in my personal and professional growth.


Who can and should apply?

The AWS Community Builders program is open to individuals who are passionate about AWS and want to share their knowledge and experience with others. The program is designed for those who have a deep understanding of AWS services, features, and best practices, and are willing to share their knowledge with others through speaking at events, writing articles or blog posts, or creating tutorials and sample code. Online knowledge sharing, such as posts to AWS re:Post, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Github, Medium etc., are greatly considered.


Here are some examples of the type of professionals that can and should apply to the AWS Community Builders program:

  • AWS certified professionals

  • AWS experienced Developers, Architects, Consultants and Solution providers

  • IT professionals who are responsible for managing and deploying AWS services

  • Startups and entrepreneurs who are leveraging AWS to build their business

  • Educators, trainers and students who are interested in teaching and learning about AWS

  • IT managers and leaders who are leading their organizations in the adoption of AWS

The application process is open to AWS technical builders worldwide, and all interested individuals are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Benefits of the program


✅ Strengthen your cloud and collaboration skills

First, let’s talk about building your professional growth. As an AWS Community Builder, you can establish yourself as a thought leader in the AWS ecosystem by sharing your knowledge and experience with others. This can help you to stand out in the job market and open up new opportunities for your career.


✅ Networking

Networking is another key benefit of becoming an AWS Community Builder. You will have the opportunity to connect with other AWS experts and customers, which can lead to new business opportunities or job prospects.

This can help you to grow your professional network and find new ways to use your AWS skills. And consider you’ll get direct contact with all members of the AWS Builders & Heroes program.

Figure: Screenshot of how you’ll be listed in the AWS Community Builders Directory


✅ Learning

Learning is also a key benefit of becoming an AWS Community Builder. You will be able to learn about the latest AWS services, features, and best practices by working with other experts and customers.

This can help you to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the AWS ecosystem, which is essential for any AWS professional. Plus access to talks and early access training on new features that AWS is about to launch in the market.


✅ Giving back

By helping others in the community, you can make a positive impact on the AWS ecosystem. Opportunity to publish on https://dev.to/aws-builders. This can be a rewarding experience that allows you to give back to the community that has helped you to develop your skills.



Figure: Screenshot of the https://dev.to/aws-builders portal


✅ Exclusive access and benefits

Exclusive access and benefits are other perks of being an AWS Community Builder. As an AWS Community Builder, you can gain access to exclusive AWS resources, such as early access to new features, training, and events. This can help you to stay ahead of the curve and take your skills to the next level. Among them:

  1. Exclusive talks where they teach you how to generate content and share their experiences.

  2. USD 500 of AWS credit

  3. 50% discount for AWS re:Invent ticket

  4. 1-year access to CloudAcademy

  5. 1 free certification voucher per year


 Figure: Picture of the binbash team after winning the AWS Jam: DevOps and Modernization at re:Invent 2022

Figure: Picture of the binbash team after winning the AWS Jam: DevOps and Modernization at re:Invent 2022


✅ Opportunities to speak

Lastly, speaking opportunities are another benefit of becoming an AWS Community Builder. Community builders have a chance to speak at AWS events, meetups, and webinars, which can help to establish them as an authority in their field. This can be a great way to showcase your expertise and build your personal brand.


Conclusion

In conclusion, becoming an AWS Community Builder is an excellent opportunity to grow your professional network and skills while making a positive impact on the AWS ecosystem. If you’re an AWS enthusiast looking to take your knowledge and skills to the next level, consider becoming an AWS Community Builder today

In case you’ve missed the last January 23rd, 2023 program application opportunity don’t worry, the application form typically opens more than once per year. The schedule for applications may vary and is subject to change. It’s best to check the AWS website https://aws.amazon.com/developer/community/community-builders directly for the most up-to-date information on when the program forms will be open.

CONSIDERATION to get started (from the official form)

If you do not have a minimum of two community contributions in the past 12 months your application will not be accepted. Social media posts are not considered community contributions for the purpose of this application. If you do not meet these requirements, we encourage you to work on your contributions and apply to our program in a future cycle.

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