Why I became an AWS Community Builder

Those of you who’ve been following my journey into tech know that a key driver for my move (and learning since) has been cloud. I talk about it all the time, but cloud technology is already changing our world as we know it. It’s making our transport more reliable, our payments more secure, our software more efficient.

However, when I started working in tech I noticed a huge gap in understanding around cloud. It was the key motivation behind my Twitter Spaces series #TechTable where I invite guests to help me demystify tech topics and make our industry more accessible.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the largest cloud provider and has over 200 services (and counting!) used by many the organisations you interact with day-to-day – think Netflix, various Government Departments, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, NASA, Samsung, Docker, Expedia and so much more. I’ve talked about AWS on my site a bit (here), and their the platform is where I have focused my learning and professional experience. But why did I apply to be a community builder?

What is an AWS Community Builder?

The AWS Community Builders programme offers technical resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities to AWS enthusiasts and emerging thought leaders who are passionate about sharing knowledge and connecting with the technical community. It’s a voluntary programme and Community Builders are not “employed” by AWS, although AWS staff may be members.

I have been accepted onto the Data track (databases, analytics & ML, business intelligence) and under the programme, I’ll be creating content to share with tech community on these topics and aim to widen access to cloud services and encourage learning.

Why did I apply?

Aside from my personal learning and growth, I wanted to help make the most powerful tech in the world accessible to you. Whether you’re reading this as a student, a startup founder, a policymaker or engineer, cloud technologies shouldn’t be abstract, difficult to understand or hard to engage with.

I would also be remiss not to mention the support of those in my community, particularly Ali Spittel, who encouraged me to submit my application. I hope I continue to create content that is community driven and help you navigate the world of cloud as I continue to myself!

What to expect?

On this site I’ll be launching my AWS 101 mini-series soon where I’ll write about topics, products or concepts to help you begin your AWS journey. I’ve had some great suggestions on caching, networking, understanding databases – but if you have any questions on what tools to use or concepts you want to understand better – please reach out – I want to make my resources as useful to the community as possible!

I’ll also be inviting fellow Community Builders onto #TechTable spaces and working with them to collaborate on their channels. Make sure to follow on Twitter or LinkedIn so you don’t miss out!

Where can you find out more information?

If you’re passionate about AWS and sharing learning, explore what the Community Builders programme has to offer here. It’s a competitive programme and it does require a time commitment, but there are multiple rounds of applications and the community is great!

I’m also very happy to chat to anyone thinking about applying. Follow on socials below or 📧 contact@rkulidzan.com.

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