Started in 2018, the AWS Ambassador Program is designed to recognise people in the AWS Partner Network that are seen to be leaders in their respective fields. AWS Ambassadors are technical experts, and are able to boast their proficiencies through technical write-ups, blog posts, open- source projects and many other ways of driving thought leadership.
AC3’s Greg Cockburn has been part of the program since its inception. Recently, Greg was given the highest accolade, when he was recognised as the #1 ANZ AWS Ambassador for 2022, but for Greg, it’s about so much more than the award. It’s about the recognition among peers as well as being able to network and pass on his knowledge. It’s also about getting to know the competition. “You meet people that you’re in competition with, but you get to know them. You can talk about technology and learn,” Greg says about the networking events and conferences that Ambassadors are invited to attend.
“It’s one of the things that I love about the program. We’ve probably all pinched bits and pieces from each other, and we are just evolving within that. It’s just a big community.”
For the AWS Ambassador veteran, Greg says his biggest tip for those starting out is to not get hung up. “Don’t get hung up on trying to do something new, trying to write something new. Find something you’re passionate about and write about that,” says Greg.