We are creating the Hyperledger Technical Ambassador program to create an official role for technical evangelists that have expertise in the different Hyperledger projects who are interested in participating in speaking engagements and helping new community members get involved in the project.
With this program, we plan to achieve the following goals:
An ambassador is a go-to resource for those interested in Hyperledger and they are driven by the purpose of helping others learn more about the project. Ambassadors are community members who are:
Responsibilities of an Ambassador include, but are not limited to:
Note that community members that join the Ambassador program don’t need to make an open-ended commitment to the project. If you find that you no longer have time for this role, you may opt to leave the program.
This section provides examples of activities current Ambassadors have been doing and provides suggestions for what you can be doing as an Ambassador.
Connecting with students at universities that are near you is a great activity for Ambassadors. Kyle Den Hartog has written up some suggestions for how to do this:
The best way to reach out to students is through computer science related clubs or blockchain specific clubs. Most schools have an ACM chapter to discuss CS related topics, so my suggestion would be to look for a chapter president of the club and send them an email. In my experience, because clubs are funded by the university the university will keep a list of clubs indexed by Google. These pages typically list officers (e.g. president and treasurer) reach out to them through an email and ask if they would like someone to come speak about Hyperledger.
As an example:
Another good option: Reaching out to chair of the computer science department or the office of the department. They will have a good understanding of the best clubs for you to connect with and likely have the emails of the chapter presidents as well. And if you're still not finding the right people to connect to, reach out to Hyperledger staff and they may have connections at the university you're interested in.
In terms of content that would be good for talks there:
Other ways to help:
Got additional questions? Message Kyle Den Hartog on rocketchat and I can offer situational help
There are Hyperledger meetups happening in over 50 countries around the world and there are likely one or more meetup groups near you. Supporting nearby Hyperledger meetup groups is a great activity for Ambassadors. For instance, Kishore Seshagiri is supporting the meetup groups in India by doing the following:
The Hyperledger community has a collection of Slides that we store on Google Drive. Ambassadors are requested to add to this folder any presentation material that would be useful to share with other technical ambassadors and the larger community. In addition, please add a link on the presentations page.
One value of a global Ambassador program is that there are people who speak a range of different languages in it. The Hyperledger tools and communication channels are mostly in English and this can be a hurdle for people who aren't native English speakers. Here are ideas for how Ambassadors can help those community members:
Ambassadors have a role that complements other efforts in the community, in particular, the Hyperledger Speaker’s Bureau and Hyperledger Meetup program. Ambassadors may choose to also participate in those programs. To help clarify the different roles and responsibilities, here are more details about how these programs interact.
As recognition for their contributions to the project, Ambassadors may receive:
Active members of the Hyperledger technical community (as defined in Section 4.a.ii of the Hyperledger Charter) are welcome to apply to become an Ambassador, although only people with a solid understanding of the project and with demonstrated contributions to the community will be accepted. The Linux Foundation Hyperledger staff will vet and approve these applications. To prepare for applying, we encourage you to take the free Hyperledger training course and to get actively involved in the community. Some community members who have already been performing the roles of an Ambassador will be invited to join the program.