Just over a month ago, the OpenStack Foundation announced the OpenStack Ambassador Program. The aim of this program is to create a framework of community leaders to sustainably expand the reach of OpenStack around the world.
While filling out the application, I realized that I was a bit more active over the past couple years then I have realized. I also figured, that this is something I should share on my blog, as social media is one of the key assets that I can bring to the program.
Below is my application to the program –
Q: Why are you applying to be an OpenStack Ambassador ?
Q: How have you participated in the OpenStack community to date ?
- I am an OpenStack ATC, with contributions to Folsom, Grizzly and Havana though I feel my most impactful contributions have been in the community not the code base.
- I am active in SFbay OpenStack meetup group that Sean Roberts leads.
- I have helped three OpenStack meetup groups get off the ground (Denver, Minneapolis, and RTP) and am in progress of getting a fourth one started in Alpharetta.
- In two of those groups, Denver and Minn, I have flown out to give the initial talk for the kickoff meetup.
- I developed and delivered multiple OpenStack presentation decks educating and enabling the community. Including “Surviving your first commit” which was delivered at the San Diego summit (and many users groups and events) and most recently “OpenStack for VMware admins” delivered at the #vBrownBag hall at VMworld San Francisco.
- I’ve helped multiple storage Vendors understand the why and how to develop and release integrations into Cinder.
- Sean Roberts and I are the founding members of the training-manuals blueprint in OpenStack-Manuals. I have been focused on increasing core and community members, getting the CI system integrated, and ScrumBan (Project Management)
- I’ve increased visibility and understanding of OpenStack through social media and my blog - www.colinmcnamara.com
- I’ve volunteered at the OpenStack booth at multiple conferences.
- I co-chaired the Strategy Track for the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong
- Most importantly of all, I’ve had the pleasure of helping others join the community and get their first contribution in to OpenStack.
Q: What ideas do you have for your community that you haven’t had time or resources to implement ?
- Holding consistent community delivered OpenStack training, lowering barriers to adoption of and contribution to OpenStack while increasing the pool of qualified engineers and developers.
- Extending this same concept to intellectually gifted but economically disadvantaged individuals and regions around the world.
- Spreading the word (separated from corporate FUD and occasional instances) about how to participate, extend, and replicate successful items that we are doing in the OpenStack community today.
- Formalizing a support and mentoring program for getting OpenStack meetups started in new communities.
Q: How will you work with others to achieve your goals?
- Sean Roberts – SFbay OpenStack Leader
- Kyle Mestery MSP OpenStack Leader/ OpenDaylight
- Mark Voelker / RTP OpenStack Leader / Cisco
- Shannon McFarland / Denver OpenStack Leader / Cisco
- Scott Lowe / Denver OpenStack Leader / Nicira
- Vinay Banai / PayPal / Nuetron FWaaS
- Ed Horley / Ca IPv6 task force / SFbay OpenStack / Groupware
- Rev / HP
- Sean Winn / Sfback OpenStack / CloudScaling
- Cody Bunch / RackSpace / Couch2OpenStack / #vBrownBag
- Many others, my apologies to those I missed from the list